Paula Deen wowed America with her cooking show. Deep fried, buttered and tasting good, many people’s mouths watered. Reminders of a southern mother or grandmother’s cooking sauntered through the minds and stomachs of many so-called Black/African Americans. Essentially, Paula Deen became such a familiar friend to the so-called Black/African American community that using the word “nigger” in her daily if not lifetime lexicon was as normal an identifier for Black folk as fatback makes greens taste better. Soooo, I ask…what’s the problem?! Seriously! Did her Southern accent and country lifestyle render her more sensitive to referencing so-called Black/African Americans as “nigger” as something…wrong?! I think not. Once again the “Bill Clinton” syndrome (when he was regarded as the closest we would get to a Black President…until we elected a President who is Black) has reared its interesting head; helping us to believe that racial (I prefer “color”) relations in America have changed so much in the 21st century (refer to my former post). DISCLAIMER: All Whites are NOT racists, prejudiced and bigoted toward Blacks. But when one is noted to engaging in this type of behavior and seemingly relaxed about it, maybe, just maybe the so-called Black/African American community should evaluate their interactions with their psyche. Basically, something is possibly dictating that as much as the human experience is the same, becoming too comfortable believing that we are seen as something other than “niggers” in the eyes of some should cease to be a shock or surprise. Hence, the importance of disallowing anyone to use that word freely to refer to so-called Black/African Americans in that manner must begin with us.
Starting with ALL our children…first.