June 30, 2013 at 6:00 AM
Paula Deen’s racial slurs
An apology is not enough
Regarding Paula Deen’s efforts to escape the spotlight she so profoundly deserves, consider this. [“Target, Home Depot cut ties with Deen,” News, June 28.]
Apologizing for making a mistake refers to things that we fallible humans occasionally do by accident. If I drop a book on someone’s foot, a mistake has been made.
What Deen has done is another kind of thing entirely. Emitting a racial slur is no mere error. It is a reflection of innate personal values and attitudes.
A bigoted statement would never come from a person who is not racist, for one simple reason: It wouldn’t occur to such a person in the first place. A mind would have to function on a suitably low level for the thought to form.
How does one apologize for that?
Tom Likai, Shoreline
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