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‘Hi, I’m back’: Vindication for Paula Deen

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Paula DeenLove her or hate her, y’all, a Houston crowd greeted Paula Deen with a standing ovation Saturday in her first public appearance since her career was destroyed in May after admitting she used the n-word.

Shortly after the scandal broke that Deen had used the racial slur in the past, the Food Network dropped her like a hot potato and she lost several major endorsements.

And while Deen went months being crucified for using the n-word, the American public saw several examples of the racial double standard in the country.

In June, Rachel Jeantel testified in the George Zimmerman trial that Trayvon Martin called Zimmerman a “creepy ass cracka,” and in August, U.S. Rep. Charlie Rangel said tea party members were “white crackers” during an interview with The Daily Beast.

Right after Rangel used the racial slur “white crackers” with nary a mention of it in the main stream media, Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper was “excused” from team activities and sent for “counseling” after being caught on video saying the n-word at a concert.

Perhaps there was some vindication for Deen after a federal judge threw out the discrimination lawsuit against her last month, but she was seemingly overwhelmed with the ovation from the crowd at Houston’s Metropolitan Cooking and Entertaining Show, Fox 26 reported.

“Hi, I’m back,” she said directly into one of the cameras filming the event.

Deen, who broke down in tears, said, “This is my first time out in three months. And I’ve said all along that the one place I’d want to make my first step back out was Texas.”

Related: “Trump: If Rangel can say ‘cracker,’ Paula Deen should be able to say ‘N-word’”

Watch Deen welcomed in Houston via Fox 26 here:Houston weather, traffic, news | FOX 26 | MyFoxHouston

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