When the story broke about Paula Deen using the N-word, I was skimming topics on another website. My reaction? Honestly? I didn’t even react. Why? Because…number one: I live in Georgia–her home–and birthplace. Two: She’s a typical southern white CraKKKa.
I’m just a realist. Truthfully, I just don’t expect much from whites, particularly southern whites.
The story was strange. A couple of days had passed before I read the Enquirer story: http://www.nationalenquirer.com/celebrity/world-exclusive-cover-story-paula-deen-racist-confessions All I could do was shake my head, but then…it just was yet another example of ignorance alive and well in the Good ‘old American south—as with the rest of America.
Why are people shocked?
The truth of the matter is…from the moment I laid eyes on Paula Deen and then heard her talk; I really didn’t expect much from her as a person. She came across as contrived and her veneer was just very typical of white southern women: they live to be peacocks, but when you pluck those feathers; what you find is just another bird that looks good on the outside, but in no way would you have it in your house.
Paula Deen is a racist. Pure and simple. Sure, she’s trying to salvage her image with all of these fake apologies, but is anyone really buying it? I’m not. She’s doing what she has to do—not because she knows what she did was wrong. She was exposed. BAM! It’s what has to be done. Here’s the apology: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/21/paula-deen-apology_n_3479279.html
Did you feel anything?
I feel no sympathy or real anger towards her. She is what she is. And …I never bought a thing with Paula Deen’s name on it; thus, I’m not feeling like a fool for believing her lie. And it was those Lies—Lies—LIES!!! That helped build her empire. She was outed last year for her keeping the fact that she had diabetes from her fans and the public—given all the unhealthy food she cooked on her show.
Let’s just get to it: Paula Deen is reaping what she sewed.
My anger is for the Black staff that put up with this type of behavior for the sake of money. Why didn’t they expose her years ago? Should we feel sorry for them? I don’t. I really truly don’t. I simply despise cowardice. It’s one thing to point out behavior in someone that offends you and others; however, this woman and her family were literally discriminating against employees as well as the public (African Americans) who dined there—spending money with people who thought of them as slaves. It’s beyond offensive and these employees will not get a pass from me. Not one. It’s shameful.
However, the conclusion I have of this story is for African Americans primarily: Who told you that white folks weren’t racist any longer? Why are you angry? This is not the first time something like this has happened and I am now challenging our community to STOP being so vulnerable and naïve in allowing white people to think that we are not more discerning. These people have not changed; the civil rights movement was just a generation ago, but for many African Americans, you’ve been duped into thinking that you don’t have to be as alert to the true character and intentions of white folks, as was the standard in our community, because Obama got elected. This is not the TRUTH is it? We know exactly how white people really feel about Black people–we see it every single day.
I never once believed that white folks had changed and I’ll further the aside that a snake will always shed its skin; but its nature will never change.
That’s my stance.