It’s alarming how much influence the media establishment commands in maneuvering thought and thus action. Paula Dean, the Southern cooking queen confessed to using the “N” word from years earlier. I don’t know how old she is, but growing up in the pre-civil rights South it was common to hear the “N” word. It had a somewhat different interpretation then, and was used in non-hostile conversation. Yet, it was offensive, and although commonly used with discretion, it was wrong wordage, even back then.
But, there was other references, also offensive and downgrading. The “C” word or “Cracker” was a term used to describe poor white people in the South. I don’t know if Ms Dean was asked if she had addressed or even referred to people using the “C” word. If so, I think the media establishment would have forgiven her. But, with the “N” word; that’s the unpardonable.