Webster says a hypocrite is a person who pretends to be what he or she is not, one who pretends to be better than is really so.
Many of the reactions I’ve seen in the media criticizing Paula Deen appear to be hypocritically more about money than racial outrage.
As a lifelong Georgia resident, I have seen this word and others like it morph from an everyday occurrence to the deeply offensive term of today.
As a child I picked up words, starting in kindergarten, in the playground, even at family gatherings, many before I even knew their meanings.
Some of these words I still don’t know their meanings.
This is not an excuse, just an observation.
I don’t know Paula Deen or much about her. What I do know is in a lawsuit deposition this woman answered a question honestly, and didn’t lie.
I’ve seen in the media Ms. Deen’s apology and believe it is from her heart.
Few other statements I’ve seen in the media bombardment of this woman seem to be as sincere as her apology. I can’t help but wonder if the businesses pulling her name and products from their marquees and showcases are racially sensitive or corporately worried about their bottom lines.
I’m offended by hypocrites for profit — how about you?
Zachary W. Henderson