I think Paula Deen has gotten a bad deal from the press and social media. Most of the criticism has been about political correctness, not about something terrible that she has physically done. There are currently two other celebrities — George Zimmerman and Aaron Hernandez — both of whom appear to have killed black men. They have gotten more evenhanded treatment from the public than Paula Deen, who truthfully admitted to using the “N-word,” but has not been shown to have mistreated blacks physically, much less to have murdered any. Yet, judging from the public reaction, her crime was worse than Zimmerman’s or Hernandez’. Other football players, including O.J. Simpson and Ray Lewis, probably killed people, but get much less criticism than Deen. I see a politically correct double standard. A few people have been less quick to condemn her, including Bill Maher, who of course made his name by making fun of stupid political correctness. He sees that Paula Deen’s accusers are largely narrow minded slaves to political correctness.
People often condemn her for admitting that she has used the N-word. In essence they condemn her honesty. But I respect her honesty. The fact that people don’t commend her honesty illustrates the poor character of those who condemn her. These are people who think it is okay for Wall Street to lie about mortgages and take America to the brink of bankruptcy.
I see the attack on Paula Deen as an attack on the American South. They hate her Southern cooking, and now they have an excuse to hate her personally. While what she did is wrong, it was not an unforgivable sin, and her pleas for forgiveness should not fall on deaf ears, as they have in the public media. The South is not as bad as New York and Los Angeles try to portray it. One Reconstruction is enough.