Paula Deen and Others

cookiejar.jpgThis is not a rant against Paula Deen, per se. It’s more of an observation of human nature.

How many times over the past several years have well-known individuals said or done things that came back to haunt them at a future date?

Of course, they then apologize profusely, often claiming this is really not who they are … that it was just a “one-time thing” and they “never meant to hurt anyone.”

It is my contention that if the act was carried out or the words were spoken, it IS who they are.

In the example of Paula Deen, you simply don’t use the N-word if you have respect for the people it represents.

If you cheat on your husband/wife (with the same or opposite gender), it’s because you want to, even though you know people will be hurt.

If you lie about your actions (e.g., Anthony Weiner), you know what you’re doing is unacceptable in the eyes of society yet you do it anyway.

None of us likes to get caught with our hand in the cookie jar, but trying to explain away our actions fools no one.

Isaac Newton made this observation: To every action there is always an equal and opposite reaction. Although he was referring to the Laws of Motion, there is wisdom in his words beyond the world of science — and each of us would do well to keep them in mind before we reach into that proverbial cookie jar.

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2 thoughts on “Paula Deen and Others

  1. I am not a fan of Paula Deen, but as a southerner I can sympathize with her to a small degree. In past generations white children were taught bigotry and hatred, the “n word” was everyday slang and using it did not have the connotation of being politically incorrect as it does today. It doesn’t make it right, it still shows that southerners were bigots and racists but I think that as a child and during the following years after she was just being a part of her southern white culture. So I can sympathize with her plight of having been publically ousted as having used the “n word” and her claim of apology. No one wishes to visit past sins and certainly not in a public arena.

    I do not sympathize with her absurd idea of having a plantation themed wedding and using black people to portray slaves. It is one thing to regret and reform a past behavior but quite another to continue to perpetuate that behavior in favor of nostalgia. In my opinion that showed racism much more so than having used racist words in her past.

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  2. Thanks for your comments, Ann. Your “history lesson” definitely offers a different perspective. Although I would think that Paula would have been more careful knowing the connotations the word has in today’s world.

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