The Paula Deen Controversy

Paula Deen lost her show on the Food Channel and several endorsement deals because she was truthful in a sworn deposition.  in a lawsuit filed by a former employee she admitted having used the N word, “though it has been a long time.”  Her exact quote is this:

“Yes, of course. But that’s just not a word that we use as time has gone on. Things have changed since the ’60s in the south.”

How many people have used that ugly word at some point even if it has been decades?  What Ms. Deen did was respond truthfully to a specific question and clarify that it has not been her habit to use the word for many years.  She is southern after all but regionality, in my experience, doesn’t effect who uses the word.

I have no problem with Paula Deen and her honesty.  The fact it has been many years since she last used the word shows she has matured and progressed as a person.  She could have lied in the deposition but instead chose to be honest and forthright while making it clear she doesn’t condone the use of the word.  So where is the controversy?  I salute her for her honesty and condemn those who cannot credit her for growing as a person to the point where she stopped using the derogatory term many years ago.

Give the lady a break.