Commenter iReporter Omékongo: "At Oprah's studio in Chicago, staff are not allowed to chew gum because Oprah hates gum. If she can have that rule, I think Deen (if she cared) could have a rule saying 'No use of racially offensive language or profanity by anyone.' It's her company!"
Rose: "Of course, part of this is about whites' constant drive to explain their own use of the N-word by pointing to black people's use. Why is this?"
Kat Kinsman: Are people obligated to change and move forward after acknowledging mistakes?
Rose: "No they are not obligated to do anything. The question is what do they want after a given incident. If you want forgiveness, and you want to develop a relationship with those you have harmed, you have to listen, take serious account of their perspectives, think deeply about how you might need to make some changes and what they might be, going forward. In Deen's case, It is about her wanting to be forgiven in public so that she can maintain her empire and her reputation.
If she wants these things then she is, in my mind, obligated to signal a desire to change and a willingness to consider that she is badly educated on race, racism and how we might be contributing to discrimination in our actions."
Miller: "I think it going through a cycle of understanding where you went wrong, showing contrition, and then taking affirmative steps to change and help others learn from your mistake."
Alicia Stewart: Are there meaningful ways -- words or actions -- to recover from racist acts, or racism? What are they?
Rose: "I think the key is to really understand the contexts that shape our actions. we spend so much time thinking of ourselves as individual agents as if we are not impacted by so many forces around us. This encourages us to think recovery is just about us."
Miller: "Here's a thought exercise. What if the Food Network aired a one-hour special where it gathered its diverse network personalities associated with southern food (the Deens, the Lee Brothers, Trisha Yearwood, and the Neelys) along with some African American and Native American foodways cooks/experts and have them do a roundtable discussion about the development of this unique regional cuisine? They could expose its painful past as well as its triumphs.
After a robust discussion, they could actually get in the kitchen and make some shared dishes and show the cuisine in all of its complexity. That walk through history would inform and seeing the participants cook and eat together would be a form of visible and edible redemption. Nothing like that has ever been done, and it could inspire similar efforts around the country."
Read the full transcript here. Note -- comments were edited and condensed for clarity.