posted on Jun, 21 2013 @ 05:18 PM
Paula Deen uses the N-Word - gets sued - right or worng?
Paula Deen is from the small town of Albany, Georgia... about 75 miles from where I currently live. I know it well. It's a dusty little burg with a
small mall and a small college and really, not much else. Her history includes surviving an abusive spouse and raising her kids as a single mom.
But, none of that excuses her poor choice of words. She probably learned them from her parents who, in their day, spoke them without a second thought.
That happens to kids and it's why we even here today chastise poor parenting skills.
She moved to Savannah, Georgia and opened her kitchen on Jones Street... all of which I am very familiar with as I grew up there.
When I moved here from Savannah in 1980, there was a world of difference over a path of just a little over 300 miles. I can identify with her
situation as we each went the opposite direction but both ended up in the other's childhood area.
Savannah has some of the worst race relations of anywhere in this nation because it was a slave trading hub that evolved into a place where even after
emancipation, blacks were held in such disdain that they lived in hovels we imagine in third world nations up to and through the late 1960s. Today,
racism in Savannah is a two-way street and there is a lot of tension.
I wish I could tell Ms. Deen to make her apologies and then, take your fame and wealth and go back home to Albany. Back here in this region, slavery
was almost a myth as even the richest weren't so well off as to afford that kind of horrid luxury. Come home... reconnect with your roots and then
take the lesson and apply it to those today of ALL colors who desperately need you.
Ms. Deen? I hope you somehow read this.