As you likely know, Paula Deen’s saturated empire is crumbling like a stack of empty calories after reports of her having used racial epithets in the past and practiced business with equally troubling ante-bellum nostalgia.
It’s gone underreported but just as insidious is the fact that Paula Deen’s first crime was the culinary kind. How Paula Deen amassed the aforementioned empire peddling deep-fried, cafeteria slop is just as unlikely as her sudden fall.
Apparently, Paula Deen’s similarities to Cracker Barrel extend beyond her style of food.
Of course, the shock over Deen’s racism and her hasty dismissal by Food Network conveniently brush aside the truth that Paula is hardly the only person in the South (or America) quietly harboring racist assumptions.
In fact I can’t help but wonder if some of the dismay expressed towards her owes to a larger cultural loss of what Christians mean by ‘original sin;’ namely, that the world’s sin is something we’re all born into and participate in whether we know it or not.
Don’t believe me? Don’t think you’re anything like Paula Deen?
Try this quick test from Project Implicit at Harvard and see to what extent you can put the cracker in the barrel.