I read Kathleen Parker, and I don't typically agree with the conservative columnist but usually I find her articles well-written and measured. But her most recent column, where she all but calls President Obama a race-baiter for saying if he had a son he'd look like slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin was, by far, the most offensive and misguided column I'd read about race relations in America by a mainstream columnist in years. Dripping with obtuseness, Parker alludes that racial profiling is all about just not dressing appropriately and that there would "riots" if white teens killed a black man akin to the Chris Lane murder (in which one of the killers actually was a white teen).
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Hey! Paula Deen came out a winner against part of that lawsuit a former employee filed against her. (You know? That lawsuit where we all learned that Paula Deen has thrown the N-word around a few times.) That means the Buttery Queen is OK now? Is she OK?
From USA Today:
"The irony is thicker than her gravy," says Howard Bragman, vice chairman of Reputation.com. "As I've said all along, you have to play in the court of law and you have to play in the court of public opinion. Like O.J. Simpson, who won in the court of law but lost in the court of public opinion -- Paula 's in the same situation. You can't put the toothpaste back in the tube now. It's going to be really challenging for her to piece this together."
Nah. She's not OK. She'll never be OK.
You can work your way out of poverty. You can fight your way out of despair. You can own homes in multiple cities and be one of the richest women in the United States of America, but gosh darn it, you can't buy your way out of being black. But if you are rich and black (and typically famous) at least you can do what us regular joes who get followed around the mall by rent-a-cops can't do. Go to the nearest TV camera or newspaper person and SHAME! SHAME! SHAME!