There really is no context in which a white person can use the N-word and not get destroyed. John Schnatter, CEO and founder of Papa John’s pizza chain, resigned amid some controversy that he used the racial slur. He actually didn’t use it in a derogatory way or even direct it at anyone, but it doesn’t matter. Papa John is white and that word is off limits. If he had been a liberal comedian like Bill Maher, it would have been fine, but non-leftists don’t enjoy that special privilege.
Fox Business reports:
Pizza chain Papa John’s International said on Wednesday its founder and former chief executive, John Schnatter, resigned as chairman of the board.
And here’s why:
The resignation comes after Forbes reported earlier in the day that Schnatter used a racial slur on a conference call.
Forbes reported that the incident occurred during a call between Schnatter, other Papa John’s executives and the marketing agency Laundry Service. The call was set up as a training session for Schnatter on preventing public relations mishaps, months after he stepped down as CEO shortly after publicly criticizing the NFL for its response to national anthem protests.
During the call, Schnatter downplayed the severity of his critical comments about the NFL, arguing that KFC founder Colonel Harland Sanders had “called black people [the N-word]” without facing a backlash. Schnatter confirmed in a statement that Forbes’ report about the call was accurate.
Wait. Colonel Sanders called black people the N-word? He seemed like such a nice guy. This is Earth-shattering to me. It’s like if I found out Wendy was a crack whore or if Burger King sodomized Ronald McDonald.
In any case, you can clearly see the context in which Schnatter dropped the N-bomb was hardly derogatory to any person or group. He was merely expressing disbelief that he was accused of racism for standing up against NFL players disrespecting the National Anthem, while Colonel Sanders was a straight-up white supremacist.
And while Colonel Sanders never faced any backlash from his overt racism, John Schatter showed he is actually a pretty good guy and stepped down voluntarily.
“News reports attributing the use of inappropriate and hurtful language to me during a media training session regarding race are true. Regardless of the context, I apologize. Simply stated, racism has no place in our society,” said Schnatter.
The Papa John’s company also issued a statement reaffirming that context no longer matters in anything race related.
“Papa John’s condemns racism and any insensitive language, no matter the situation or setting. Our company was built on a foundation of mutual respect and acceptance,” said the company in a statement.
Well, actually the company was built on a foundation of John Schnatter, who started the company. If they are going to say he’s racist, then it’s only logical to conclude the company was literally founded on racism, not mutual respect and acceptance.
What makes this thing completely ridiculous is that John Scnatter is out at his own company because Colin Kaepernick decided he hates America. If Kaepernick didn’t start taking a knee during the National Anthem, Schnatter would have never criticized the NFL, and there never would have been a conference call with the Colonel Sanders N-bomb. The universe is a weird and mysterious place.