Many feel that Paula Deen’s flippant use of a racial slur decades ago is an unforgivable offense, but a new group called “Black People for Paula” (exactly what it sounds like) is asking everyone to forgive and forget.
The group’s website makes the bold claim that “The Black community has forgiven Paula,” continuing that “it’s time for us all to open our hearts and give this good woman a second chance.”
Per a press release from Black People for Paula:
“The word Paula used was horrible. She has admitted that what she said was wrong and hurtful. She gave an extremely heartfelt apology and I forgive her, my family forgives her and the African American community forgives her. We have all made at least one mistake that we wish never happened. Paula Deen should not have to continue to suffer for one mistake.”
There’s just one problem. Most of the African American community actually doesn’t forgive Paula Deen.
Kirsten West Savali of NewsOne wryly noted “Clearly, those sweet potatoes and fried chicken drive people insane,” calling Black People for Paula “a twist straight from the Plantation Chronicles.”
Still, members of the group have organized a rally for August 16 outside of the Good Morning America studio in hopes of getting their Paula Deen forgiveness notes aired on television.
It’ll be interesting to see what the response to their rally will be. They say they have about 100 people ready to attend, but let’s not forget what happened to Stacey Dash for simply saying that “only God” can judge Paula Deen. She was excoriated on Twitter.
What do you think of Black People for Paula? Weird? Just plain wrong? Or is it time for everyone to forgive Paula Deen?