Come Clean, Paula Deen
When Physicians Committee member Baxter Montgomery, M.D., F.A.C.C., heard about Paula Deen’s racial slurs, he asked her to begin redeeming herself by developing a new television show, Coming Clean with Paula Deen, promoting healthful foods to people of all races and ethnicities.
“As an African-American cardiologist practicing in Houston, Texas, I am writing to commend you on your public statements of apology for your prior racial slurs and suggest a way that you can more substantively make amends for your prior actions,” Dr. Montgomery wrote.
Dr. Montgomery noted that the fatty, cholesterol-laden foods that she historically promoted take a particularly devastating toll among African-Americans. And they have also hurt her personally.
“In the kickoff of the program, you will need to forthrightly acknowledge that you have paid a price in poor personal health, because of the unhealthful traditions of your past,” Dr. Montgomery continued. “You will need to say that, in addition to apologizing for inappropriate jokes and remarks, you are going to go a step further and will devote your skills to promoting the best of health for all people, regardless of race or ethnicity.”
He suggested that proceeds from the show and related materials would support a scholarship fund for young culinary professionals, particularly those at greatest risk for diabetes.
“We all make mistakes,” concluded Dr. Montgomery. “As you know, redemption begins with an about-face, and walking in the opposite direction.”