First, let me say - I would have preferred to do this face-to-face. I want nothing more than to look into your big, beautiful, blue eyes and tell you some things. BUT--this could get ugly. So maybe it's best this way. No, wait. What am I saying? I'm a lady, so I'll always take the high road. Claire Huxtable taught me that. No ugliness here.
Anyway...You know, I've always admired you. I love a "come-up" story and you've got one of the best. You've overcome a lot and accomplished such great things in your life. Oprah herself even called you an inspiration to women. So did Michelle Obama. And up until about 24 hours ago, I agreed with them.
But things have changed, Paula. Things. Have. Changed.
Listen. I'm a black woman, OK. So I know racism is alive and well in this country. And I know there are no perfect people. We all make mistakes. We all mess up. We all do stupid things. I get it. However--and this is a big however, when it comes to racist remarks/behavior, things are different.
It's hard to forgive when it comes to racism. Not impossible. But very, very difficult. Why? Real prejudice takes dedication. It's a genuine representation of your heart. The real deal. You can't fake hatred. That comes from deep down in your soul, Paula.
And it's crazy because the African American community has welcomed you into our homes for years. We've patronized your businesses, supported your family projects and helped you build your empire (Yeah, I know about Dora Charles). And THIS is what you think of us? Damn shame.
To make matters worse, it's been more than a day since your comments hit the news and you haven't said a word. Your lawyer gave a weak, tired response, but you? Nothing. No apology. No explanation. No remorse. Nada.
Things have definitely changed, Paula....
I've decided not to support you or your brand moving forward. Can't do it. I really hope you've learned a valuable lesson from this. Mainly about respect, sensitivity and tolerance. But more importantly, I hope you can take this situation and turn it into an opportunity to teach your grandkids and others that racism, no matter what shape or form it comes in is wrong. Plain and simple.