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Letters to Editor

Paula Deen

From Issue: Volume XXI - Number 13
6/28/2013




Editor:

They got her; they got her good!

The Paula Deen haters have had this jovial chef with the Southern drawl in their sights for years. They didn’t like her Southern heritage; she used ingredients that they disapproved of and, because she had diabetes, it was their arrogant opinion that her Southern Style cooking should be ridiculed. She defeated all these attacks and prospered in the grand spirit of an American entrepreneur.

But now they got her good! In today’s society we know that this sad axiom is true: “He, who yells racist first, wins.” And then, as we have seen over and over, the target of that accusation is reduced to a tearful punching bag mandated to prostrate themselves before the nation and crawl through the glass shards of supplication as they apologize to all life forms from the Ice Age to the present day.

What does the word “racist” even mean today and how many more tearful apologies must we wrench from this elderly woman before she is allowed to again join society and earn a living? The word “racist” has been so used and abused in this country that it has no real meaning anymore. That being said, it is generally used to bludgeon a Caucasian who dares to disagree with a person of a different race or, in the Paula Deen case, a person who 20 years ago used a word that we now consider insulting.

With the definition of the word “racist” so vague and subjective, the term has become the modern day version of the malicious denunciations used to murder women during the Salem Witch trials of 1692. Today, as in 1692, once a person is called a “racist”, that attack is all the proof of guilt that is required for a public conviction.

Even Al Sharpton, race baiter emeritus and the co-conspirator of the Tawana Brawley hoax has said she should be held accountable for acts committed now and not those committed 20 years ago.

TV talk show host Bill Maher, who called Sarah Palin the "C" word said: "I also think that people shouldn't have to lose their shows and go away when they do something bad. ... It's just a word, it's a wrong word, she's wrong to use it. But do we always have to make people go away?"

Today you Paula Deen haters rejoice as you watch her flail in misery and fall into the trap of trying to satisfy the impossible burden of publicly proving that she isn’t a “racist.” Tomorrow it may be your turn.

Craig Miller