Sometimes I can’t comprehend why our society has become so intolerant. The latest example is Paula Deen’s acknowledgement that in her past she used the word “(n-----)” to refer to a Negro who had robbed her. Paula Deen is a woman born in Albany, Ga., and raised in the South during the pre-(desegregation) era. She was not of the “landed gentry.” She alone supported herself and her children with no help from the federal government.
I, likewise, am a Southerner and a few years older than Ms. Deen. Fifty years ago I don’t recall any white person ever referring to a black person that he did not know in any way other than “that (n-----).” The word was not derogatory. It was simply the word used by most Southerners for “Negro.”
In the early 1960s things began to change. Segregation of schools, restaurants, bathrooms and the law prohibiting miscegenation were declared unconstitutional, and the South was forced to alter its existence. Even the age-old reference to the black race was declared by the Eastern elite and Hollywood establishment to be racist. Now, it was only acceptable to refer to the Negro as a black man or as a hyphenated person; an African-American, even though the Negro still referred to his brother as “that (n-----)” and named one of its many charities “The United Negro College Fund.”
Back to Ms. Deen: It makes me sick that she apologized on national television for her heritage. She has done nothing wrong. The idiots who own Food Network are perfect examples of the spineless segment of our country that are ruled by their perception of political correctness.
I know that in the end everything will be made right since Jesse Jackson (the self-appointed spokesman for the Negro race) and the epitome of truthfulness, integrity, Christian principles and marital fidelity, is about to investigate Paula Deen.
Ain’t life grand!
Jean E. Johnson Jr.