Today, Paula Deen is our cause celebre. In a legal deposition, the now-scurrilous Deen revealed her past use of the "N" word. This paper recently noted a Tennessee politico who, in 2008, distributed a CD: "Barack the Magic Negro." Using "negro" in this context is as offensive as using the "N" word.
As a child raised in segregated Georgia in the '40s and '50s, and as an adult working in Washington, D.C. (more than 90 percent African-Americans) in the 1980s, I witnessed and learned much about racial issues. Once four black D.C. colleagues said they could use the "N" word among themselves, but I couldn't. In "Reset," black comedian D.L. Hughley confesses using the "N" word but won't stop until "those who are" change their behavior. He criticizes Dr. Laura (white) who was fired in 2010 after liberally using the "N" word on a radio show.
What offends more than Deen's racial slur years ago is how fast the media condemned Paula, who told the truth and got run out of the kitchen on a rail. What a lesson: Do the "right" thing and become an outcast? Power to media for jumping on a salacious tale for "reality" ratings!
CARREN LOUISE BERSCH
I recently read several stories about how citizens who resided within the 11 Confederate States of America during the Civil War did not look favorably upon the Fourth of July celebrations in the other 23 states of America. I am sure those observations are correct, but I wonder what the Southern politicians were thinking back in 1861 when they adopted virtually the same Constitution word-for-word that created the United States of America in 1787.
Even though the Southern states' Fourth of July celebrations were muted for years, there was an awful lot of the spirit of that date in the creation of the Confederate States of America in 1861.
DONALD HILL, Turtletown, Tenn.
Congratulations to all of those extremely dedicated people who helped to make Zoe's Rainbow Dash a huge success! What a wonderful tribute to a little girl and her grandmother who were lost in a boating accident last summer.
The weather held out, and I am sure that Zoe and her grandmother were smiling down from heaven on everyone who participated in the dash. This was the first time that I had participated in such an event, and I would encourage all families to get involved in this kind of fun with a purpose.
Even though I still look like a cross between the Jolly Green Giant and the Incredible Hulk (what is that green stuff anyway, and how do you get it off?) I would do it again in a heartbeat!
Paula Deen doesn't deserve what she is getting.
Someone pointed out that Walmart has dropped her, but yet they carry rap music that is unkind to women.
Where does it end?
MARTHA ATKINSON, Ringgold, Ga.