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There is a long passage in Gone With The Wind where Rhett Butler tells Scarlett that there are two ways to make money.  You can make it while building a society, or you make it in the destruction of a society.  Just as Scarlett’s father built a great plantation from the Georgia forest, Rhett planned to build his fortune through blockading, speculating, and chicanery during the demise of the South.

The same goes for celebrity and reputation. Paula Deen is on the hot seat for using a word that is offensive to most of the people in the world. I won’t use it, I’m quite sure you all know what it is, and if not…again, crawl out from under that rock and read a newspaper.  The girl made the front page of the AJC this past Saturday, and I’m sure the story will rage on until some other ‘star’ steps in a flaming pile of pooh and turns the lynch mob towards themselves, shoving Paula out of the way.

Paula Deen

It’s a horrible mess for her; kinda like the old question, “When did you stop beating your wife?’, she’s damned with any answer.

First of all, I love Paula Deen.  I think she’s sincere, sugary, Southern, sassy, and most of her recipes are awesome.

But, back to Rhett’s point. The Food Network made a crock-pot full of money off the old girl as long as people were fawning over her and buying her cookbooks and watching her show and telling her sponsors just how much they loved her.

The sponsors made a crock-pot of cash as well.

Paula ain’t hurtin’ either, KWIM?

Now, they are all lining UP to cash in on the destruction of her empire, while branding her a racist.

It’s not right.

Jesse Jackson is launching an investigation!  Really, Jesse, you stopped being relevant years ago, take your self-righteous fanny back home and leave Paula alone.  There’s no need for an investigation.  She said the word, she thought having a slew of black men in waiters’ uniforms pretending to be slaves was a good wedding reception theme, and she stiffed that smart ass Matt Lauer…what’s to investigate?

Food Network cashed in on her rise, and they’ll cash in on her demise.  Jesse may spend a little cash on his investigation, but he’ll make more speaking about it later.  The sponsors will cash in on their stand; which ever way they stand, and some hyper-sensitive super chef will cash in as her replacement.

It’s all about money, and it’s all about not letting a woman make it.  People love to see other people fail, especially southern women – look at Britney Spears. Paula blew it.  Though I doubt it, she may have shown her true colors, but that doesn’t stop this from being a cash issue and not just a race issue.

I doubt very seriously that Ms. Deen is a racist at heart.  She grew UP in the South Georgia town of Albany, right down the road from Jimmy Carter’s Plains, and as we are all a product of the culture that cultivates us, we all have our prejudices and biases. But, most people hide those biases knowing full well that they aren’t acceptable any longer.  And yes, there was a time in American society when that was acceptable behavior.

Read a history book. It’s in there.

Oh, and BTW, if you say you think racism is just a Southern thing, you’re lying, stupid, or have never spent a moment north of the Ohio River!

Quite  honestly, her improper use of grammar UPsets me more than any other word or words she could use. Seriously, if she’d just say seen when she thinks saw and saw when she thinks seen, gone when she thinks went, and went when she thinks gone,  I’d be so much happier!

Her mistake was one of honesty.  Her answer to the deposition question of “have you ever said the …. word?” should not have been “Of course.”, it should have been “Regrettably, I have, and I’m mighty ashamed of it.”

Although we’ve not had the chance to meet, I’m sure she is ashamed of it.

Who wouldn’t be?

But, back to the cash angle.  Rhett was right, there’s money out there to be made.  Look at Martha Stewart. Look what she did, look at what they took from her, and look at how she came back.

She didn’t call anyone a bad name, but she stole from people, and we’ve already forgiven her.

And we’ll forgive Paula.  After all, a woman who has a cornbread recipe like hers can’t be all bad.

Corn bread

Recipe Courtesy of Paula Deen

Servings: One 9-inch pan
Prep Time: 5 min
Cook Time: 20 min
Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients:

Nonstick cooking spray
1 1/2 cups self-rising yellow cornmeal mix
1 cup nonfat buttermilk
1 large egg

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Spray a 9-inch-square baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.

In a large bowl, whisk together the cornmeal mix, buttermilk and egg, whisking until no lumps remain. Pour into the prepared pan. Bake until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean, 15 to 20 minutes. Cool completely in the pan.

Serve like this!

Pinto Beans and Corn Bread

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