You know my Granny always said, "You reap what you sow." If that is true, than we are all in a heap of trouble. This whole Paula Deen fiasco has really stirred a lot of emotions in folks. It's taken me a while to even broach this subject.  Hatred and racism are powerful emotions, and I don't want any part of it. But you know what --  I am a part of it. We all are really, if we're honest. Think about it, we live in an imperfect world and we are human.

All of us, if we are honest with ourselves, have one time or another said or did things we are not proud of. But are we trying to point the finger at Deen, letting her be the so-called "poster child" for racism in this country? That's a lot for one to carry!

In no way am I'm condoning what she said -- ever! But when asked, she admitted that she has used racial slurs, and repeated racial jokes. She admitted it, and now she is living with the ugly consequences. I'm sure Paula Deen didn't foresee the backlash that would incur years later when she said what she said.

I feel we should stop pointing the finger and take this awful situation, to teach our children the hurt and pain that happens when you say, or repeat racial slurs. Shouldn't we be teaching our children that forgiveness is the right thing to do?

Racism has been a "black eye" for our nation for centuries now. Aren't you tired of it? I know I am. But it starts with each of us. We can all choose to put an end to the ugliness. But will we?