LETTER: From the sublime to the ridiculous

Jul. 04, 2013 @ 04:58 AM

To the Editor:

The Paula Deen controversy has gone from the sublime to the ridiculous.

Some are saying that she should be punished for using the "N" word. If that is true, then a large segment of the population, black and white, should be punished.

It seems strange that no one is demanding punishment for using the "H" word or, for that matter, various ethnic slurs when referring to Jews, Germans, French, Italians, Mexicans, Chinese, Koreans, etc.

Why is it that only the "N" word is offensive?

J. Fred Watson