I don’t know why everyone is so shocked that a near 70-year-old Southern white woman used the N word. She’s probably using it like the F-bomb right about now. However, I am glad Food Network decided not to renew her contract – not because I’m interested in punishing her; I could care less – but because I think it takes a strong, no tolerance stance against racism. What’s interesting is how everyone has rushed to vilify this woman, like she’s the only one who’s had racist thoughts. At the end of the day, Paula will still be talking ish, planning theme parties with slaves as waiters and doin’ her southern bell on crack thing to the tune of millions of dollars. The same people who jumped on the bandwagon to screw her – when the heat dies down – they’ll be the same ones to piously say, racism is not a problem today. Things have changed. Um, no. People are just better at hiding things. Further, shifting societal morays seem to suggest that confession is not only good for the soul, all will be forgiven in the end. That’s obviously what Paula thought, otherwise she would never have admitted what she did – and may still do. And her apology? Meh. Not impressed. Nice touch, though. I say be like the Food Network. Make accountability more than a buzz word. Let’s put our money where our mouth is and do more than pay lip service when these kinds of thing occur. Hit perpetrators right in the pocket and tell them why what they’ve done is wrong. That’s the only way to affect change.