It doesn't matter a lick to me about Paula's upbringing. She may have been brought up in an environment of hate,
but that doesn't mean she must continue to at best, ignore it, and at worst, perpetuate continued racism.
In my eyes, Paula Deen damned herself with her own words.
During the deposition, when she was asked: "Have you ever used the 'N word' yourself?" she replied: "Yes, of course."
She talked about an incident when she used the slur and was then asked "Have you used it since then?"
She replied: "I'm sure I have, but it's been a very long time."
Her saying "of course" she has and "I'm sure I have" in regard to using racial slurs shows a complete lack of contrition and awareness. I don't care that she was brought up in a South rife with intolerance and hatred of another race. Plenty of people from the South never accepted racism, and railed against it, even many years ago, and plenty have grown enough personally to be ashamed of such vile treatment of other human beings.
Deen's answers make it sound like such words are indeed a matter of course in her life, and she should be excused her behavior by virtue of how and where she was raised. That sickens me.
Had she answered those questions by saying something like "I am ashamed and embarrassed to admit that I have used that word in the past," it would have at least sounded like she was sincerely sorry for being cruel and ignorant.
I know a lot of her fans are mad at the Food Network for not renewing her contract, but between this and the diabetes scandal, Paula Deen sealed her own fate.
Excellent, EXCELLENT post, mushybrain!!!!!
ICAM, and you COULDN'T'VE put it ANY better!!!!!!!!!!!!