Right off the bat let me say using racial slurs at any ethnic group is dead wrong, but how many of us at some time in our life haven’t made inappropriate comments and how many have made fun of our own heritage?
I have watched Comedy Central and watched black comedians constantly use the “N” word when describing their race as well as those of the Jewish race.
What Paula Dean said was wrong, but heck it was years back, and during the time where the environment she grew up around, the south, was common language.
While growing up in this area I heard many white men call their help the “N” word while I shuddered, but it was an accepted thing to say, wrong, but done often.
Uttering a racial slur is no more common than uttering a curse word or using the Lord’s name in vain. But we don’t make a big deal out of a curse word?
Anyone who is a celebrity always gets nailed for saying a racial slur; they are as human as we and have the same weaknesses that we do when losing our cool.
Again, using a racial slur is wrong; being of Italian decent I have received my share, but I always consider the source and the intent in which it was said and just move on.