Why? I agree with Eugene Robinson, that’s why.
The woman is 66, not 96. She was all of 7 when the Supreme Court issued its Brown v. Board of Education decision, which means she’s had plenty of time to get used to it. She has spent her adult life in an America where black people are not compelled to be subservient to whites. She has made her fortune in an America where most people, white as well as black, consider warm-and-fuzzy nostalgia for the days of slavery and Jim Crow to be highly offensive.
Indeed she has. Sabra made this exact point to me as we were talking about this a few days back. Deen and her defenders like to talk about this like it’s ancient history, i.e., “oh, it was 30 years ago, things were different then.”
Really? It was acceptable in 1983 — the year the first black man (USAF Col. Guion S. Bluford) went to space — to talk about, for instance, how the perfect Southern wedding would involve black men dressed in long-sleeve shirts, bow ties and shorts? Again, color me skeptical…