Let’s face it: the only time Paula Deen remembers an African American’s name is when that person is dressed as a slave and serving her and her friends at a party. Deen, who has been nigh-universally condemned (except by the White Wing, of course) for her numerous overt examples of racism, has had enough! She’s upset. She’s sad. She’s dealt with so much adversity that she knows just how her staff feels when she makes them enter and leave through the
black back entrance, or use separate restrooms, or expresses a desire to dress African American servers up like “a bunch of little n*ggers or Aunt Jemima. She’s so oppressed that she’s just like that one darker skinned football feller who came out of the closet, Y’ALL!
In an interview with People Magazine, Deen says that she feels for Phil Robertson, the bearded bigot at the helm of Duck Dynasty’s flock of fauxbillies. “It’s amazing that some people are given passes and some people are crucified,” Deen says. “I have new empathy for these situations, though. My dad always told me, ‘Believe half of what you see and none of what you hear.'” Much of what Deen says not to believe is easily verifiable through video recordings. Deen feels that it’s unfair that Phil Robertson survived unscathed while the public remained set against her (perhaps she should have mentioned Jesus a bit more).
Deen is trying to reclaim her name and make a comeback. Her first appearance, predictably in Texas, since the ‘real’ Paula Deen came to light was in Texas, but that’s just the first appearance of many. Deen has signed a $75-100 million deal with a private investment firm to fund her attempts to un-blacken her image. White-wash it, if you will.
Though discrimination charges against Deen were ultimately dismissed, people remember what she did and said. “I feel like ‘embattled’ or ‘disgraced’ will always follow my name,” Deen told People.“It’s like that black football player who recently came out. He said, ‘I just want to be known as a football player. I don’t want to be known as a gay football player.’ I know exactly what he’s saying.”
Let’s step back for a moment and pity Deen. After all, it’s completely unreasonable to label her as a racist just because she has admitted to using a slur directed at a race of people, or the numerous accounts of her racism she has somehow evaded.