Author Anne Rice says what’s happening to Paula Deen is grossly unfair and is vocal and eloquent about it on Facebook. Deen made racist comments in 1986 and it was revealed now as the result of a lawsuit. For this her life is getting destroyed.
I dunno about you but I have friends and acquaintances who sometimes make racist comments. I bet you do too. Sometimes I call them on it. But what I don’t do is throw them in the trash and try to destroy their lives, and that’s what happening here.
Rice’s real point is that we’ve turned nasty and vicious, and it needs to stop.
What’s happening with Paula Dean? Is it fair? I never heard of her until today, and wow, this looks like a crucifixion. Opinions, thoughts welcome. I may be wrong but aren’t we becoming something of a lynch mob culture? Is this a good example of that? What are your feelings?
I think she’s being crucified. The lawsuit is ugly all right, and the brother of Paula Dean comes off as a detestable person. But I don’t think Paula Deen should go down over this. I think it’s unfair.
There is something wrong with all this. She was born in 1947 in Albany, George. Not everybody had the advantage I had of being born to liberal parents who were not racists. And I think there’s something revolting about lynching some one for a private comment. I grew up in the South and certainly racism is alive and well there; but that’s true here in California. And the most vicious racist jokes I’ve ever heard have been told to me by California liberals.
It’s so easy to persecute an older, overweight, unwise, crude, ignorant woman who may very well be a good person at heart who has achieved a great deal in her life. So easy to vilify her and hate her and try to destroy her life. Woe to anyone today who is not slender, young, clever and politically correct.
In more forgiving times, we didn’t ask our crude, vulgar self made achievers to be perfect, or politically correct or to have a faultless cultural or religious pedigree. But times have changed.
I lived in the south where I was born, and it’s almost impossible to describe to other people what really happens in cities like New Orleans and Atlanta. They just don’t get it. But all over this country I’ve encountered contempt for white southerners, hatred of them, disgust for them….a blind prejudice against them that is racism in its own way. I’m frankly sick of it. This woman is just what you said. She’s an old southern lady, and she never made these unwise remarks of hers to a black person. We have no evidence at all that she has ever personally insulted or injured any black employee or friend. These remarks were made off hand in private to a white person who has sued her and spread these remarks all over the world. It’s all pretty damn ugly if you ask me. I feel sorry for Paula Deen.