Have to say I’ve certainly enjoyed cooking up a Paula Deen recipe or two. Most of her food is guaranteed to send you heart doctor into apoplexy over your sky high cholesterol…
But it was so damn good!
Paula is authentic deep South. Unfortunately for some folks that carries a lot of racial baggage. Some of that baggage is in the form of using distasteful racial epithets in common conversation between folks sharing the same background. Usually anymore when there is nobody else around to overhear.
Now, Paula – like myself is old enough to have lived through some of those bad old days of segregation. Led by racist and segregationist Democrats and Dixiecrats making a last stand at the schoolhouse door, folks from her world tried to stop folks from my world from having equal rights.. Attacking and abusing Civil Rights workers at the Lunch Counters. At the worst, even murdering them as they drove down back country roads. There are those who followed those very same Dixiecrats to the Republican Party, where that type of racism was made safe by Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan for their kind as amply demonstrated even today.
And then there are a lot more Southern folks who left those ignorant attitudes with the times- even though they seldom to be quite enough in the majority to get elected…
Decent people seldom do anymore.
So…Paula has said some racist things. And judging from how quickly the companies who were partners in her business empire are scrambling for the door – there is a lot more “bad acting” that hasn’t hit the presses that they are afraid will be uncovered.
But in the scale of things…Whose racism has done more damage t America, Paula and her well used butter dish and southern fried sympathies…
Or the 4 racist thugs in robes and their Uncle Tom sitting the highest court?
Now…Don’t gt me wrong. I don’t feel sorry for Paula. But the reason has a lot less to do with her racism and a lot more to do with a lack of professionalism. Professionalism?
Yeh. When you run a multi-million dollar business – You don’t get to make an ass of yourself like Dan Cathy of Chick Fil A – without some hurt coming down from some pissed customers…And partners who know what it takes to run a business and don’t want to be hit by the shrapnel of an idiot imploding.
Obviously Chick Fil A agrees with Mr Cathy’s lack of professionalism because he is still there.
Since in Paula’s case she is the company, Paula is going to have to suffer the consequences.