Paula Dean's fall from grace has been swift and sure. Her use of the "N" word was been deemed worthy of the career death penalty.
While I cannot condone a white person's use of that word -- and I'm not too crazy about the frequency it's used by African Americans either -- I want to address a bigger issue. Who among us, white or black, have never used a racial slur? If we're going to be honest, most of us won't be raising our hands. It may not have been recently but if we're all going to be held to a standard of perfection, I guess we all face the career death penalty.
I think it's hypocritical of the Food Network, Sears, Target and the others to act like Paula Dean is the last living racist. Yet they can't just let her behavior slide either. If we're to rid ourselves of words designed to hurt and denigrate others, then examples must be made.
The bigger question is why do we do this? Does it make us feel superior? I think we engage in this behavior because we just don't understand each other.
Paula Dean's career is over. She will retire as a fabulously wealthy woman and she'll be fine. But I'm more worried about you and me. Have we learned anything here?
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I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my…Point of View.