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This is an opportunity for all of us to learn and grow from her highly-publicized mistake. We are all responsible for what we say. We can change anything in our lives for the better, but first we have to make the decision to try.
The bigger question this Independence Day is how can we all grow from this? Can we declare our independence from racism? And in the process, could we -- should we -- forgive Paula Deen?
But as long as there are celebrities, there will be celebrity meltdowns. As long as there are celebrity endorsements, there will be celebrity missteps.
We find ourselves in a time that has illuminated historical cracks the size of the Grand Canyon left in our conscience as a nation. A social consc...
While it seems that the majority of America celebrates the past and the present, as African-Americans we celebrate the future. We have to. It's been our interminable optimism that has gotten us through the perpetual suffering and sadness that is our American history.
With rumors swirling that Paula Deen may be joining the cast of Dancing with the Stars next season, let's consider what could be next for the disgraced deep-frying diva. A fitness DVD? A gig hosting the BET Awards? Or better yet: perhaps a career in pop music?
A whole lot of people are making a big deal over the fact that Paula Deen may have uttered it within the past 30 years. As if she is the only 66-year-old Southern white woman who has done so. As if she is the only public figure who has done so.
I realize that it is disturbing to think that there might be one privilege that black people have that white people do not. Therefore, I am going to set the record straight.
We allow public figures to get away with crimes and misdemeanors all the time. But every so often someone has to go down, so for now let's throw the sacrificial lamb of Paula Deen on the barbie.
Anyone who says, "Now, I'm not a racist, but... " is a ginormous racist-y racist and is about to say something horrendously racist. Another thing: accidental racist, you say? I call bulls***.
A very expensive lesson in linguistics for Paula Deen. Literally being haunted by words that hurt. I expect to see more of this in times ahead with all of the technology advances, smart phones, video files, digital pictures.
I've always admired Paula Deen for morphing her big personality and a spoonful of know-how into a successful, worldwide business. She epitomizes what...
Paula Deen and Alec Baldwin both used offensive language and demeaned whole populations of people. Why is there a vast disparity between how the public and businesses reacted? Why did Baldwin get off the hook while Deen is fighting to hang on to any semblance of dignity?
As black people, we've come to not expect too much from white America. Paula Deen's use of the N word and her plans for a plantation wedding fit right in.
If the public is going to hold celebrities to such high standards, should we not also hold the businesses that endorse them to similar standards?