by Bree Carlson
in Common Dreams
Last year, Paula Dean admitted to using the word “nigger” and became the focus of intense public outrage. Companies broke ties with Dean and the Food Network decided not to renew her contract. Rep. Paul Ryan, in contrast, asserted last month that “in our inner cities in particular, of men not working and just generations of men not even thinking about working” that is contributing to poverty in America. While Paula Dean was the center of media and public attention for months, losing dozens of contracts and her job with the food network, Rep. Ryan has only to claim that his intent was not to be racist. He didn’t mean it, so it doesn’t count.