Where is my head at these days? I’m never quite sure if I should follow the impulse to answer that rhetorical question or not. And my mind just spins in place. Slowly mind you but spin it does.
I thought I’d express my quandary over the idea of prejudice that’s been appearing in the news lately about Paula Deen. Now it may be that I’ve only heard part of the story so far but I don’t get what all the pot and pan banging is all about? People in the south (regardless of race) are still working through or away from the horrible old prejudices. Is there no room for someone that’s still on the pathway there but hasn’t reached the goal yet?
We all make mistakes! People in the southern culture still have many, many years of thinking to untrain in themselves. They need patient instruction not a lynching.
I agree that it was a mistake on her part, to try and arrange a party with black waiters and such. Wrong, wrong, wrong! Not everyone gets it that there is a distinction between a movie (with historical accuracy) that has black actors ‘in character’ for the time / place being portrayed and a party in your mansion.
Some of the other things she has said were not something I would say but I could understand someone ‘from the south’ who is (in their mind) trying to leave old ways behind, making that kind of mistake. She made a few mistakes, months and years apart! Break out the clubs and pitch forks!
My point is, if we as a culture don’t allow for mistakes along the way, when someone is making an effort then no progress will ever happen.