Paula Deen's Comeback: Proof Racism Still Sells in America
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Meanwhile there's a combative debate over unjust Stop and Frisk laws in New York City targeting African Americans. Chicago is shutting down schools in predominantly black neighborhoods. And in Seattle, there's outrage over the treatment of black students in the education system. By pointing to the south as the bastion of racial regression, it allows the rest of the country to pretend its issues are non-existent or, as some would say, "at least we're not the south".
Paula Deen, though, isn't a southern racist. She's an American racist. Those simply tagging her insensitivity to black culture as a symptom of her southern-ness are only enabling America's macro racism. Sure, Paula Deen's first public appearance was in Texas, where she received a standing ovation from 1,400 supporters. But don't think there aren't thousands of people in Des Moines, Portland, Phoenix or New Haven who would give Deen the same affection.
Paula Deen will have speaking engagements for the rest of her life. She'll have fans and more standing ovations. Her books will still sell and thousands of Deen-inspired biscuits will get baked. Because racism has always been a lucrative endeavor in not just the south, but across America; don't let the accent fool you.