The Buck Stops Here
You know things are getting out of hand with the politically correct Gestapo when Paula Deen’s entire career is trashed for saying the “n-word” in private years ago.
I have been on notice with my friends for more than 40 years now that I won’t tolerate them using the n-word in my presence, but they sometimes still do.
I chalk it up to stupidity and move on, because I don’t want to lose lifelong relationships over a single mistake and most of them are past the racism commonly harbored in the 1950s and early 1960s. On the rare occasion when they now use the word in front of me, I don’t go running to their bosses demanding they be fired or tell their spouses to divorce them.
Deen’s use of the word is impossible to defend but shouldn’t we let her learn from her mistake at this late stage in her life and just accept her apologies?
How would you like your entire professional life to go up in flames for something bad you did years ago?
I stole a pack of gum from a store when I was seven years old. Should I now be thrown out as your local editor?
By the way, Deen’s use of the slur was not done in public, on her TV shows or in print. She admitted saying it to a lawyer during a deposition and it got leaked to the sensationalistic TV news shows who have destroyed her ever since.
African-Americans are understandably offended when white people use the n-word, but if they really want it to go away, they need to stop using it in their own vernacular and get it off of airwaves to stop young people from thinking it is cool to utter. It is not in any instance, wrong is wrong.
As usual, the bottom line on all of this is money. Deen’s endorsement deals and publishers have vanished because they didn’t have the guts to stand by her during a tough time. One scintilla of bad press sent them screaming into the politically correct night.
I really couldn’t give two hoots about Paula Deen but I do care how people are vilified in the media these days for non-criminal, human mistakes.
Paula Deen used an offensive word and who hasn’t in their lifetime? She didn’t shoot anyone and she didn’t cut down her neighbor’s trees or steal somebody’s husband.
All Paula Deen did was show horrible judgment in a word choice. Is that enough to ruin someone’s livelihood?
I remember when this type of thing used to happen and people would just stop buying the offenders’ products or change the channel when they came on TV.
Now cable news executives think they can set the tone for morality and that’s what really scares me.