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Paula Deen Cannot Sweep Away This Kind Of Bigotry

What she's been cooking all along.

What she’s been cooking all along.

I was not even going to go there on the Paula Deen story. Until my blogging friend Eric brought her up. Now I can’t help myself. Thanks Eric. 🙂

So you probably heard that good old chef Paula Deen has been a closet racist all these years. As Eric pointed out in a comment, the things she apparently has said about blacks (or as she calls us, n**g*r*) have been beyond outrageous. And then there was her slavery themed party idea. Oh my. Here is a great piece on this whole thing from the site Global Grind:

And to think, sweet ol’ Paula Deen who can throw down in the kitchen was my grandmother in my head.

But when it was revealed today that Paula’s idea of a fabulous wedding included a slavery theme? Well…we’ve got a problem on our hands “ya’ll.”

According to a former employee of Paula Deen Enterprises, Paula and her brother, Earl “Bubba” Hiers used the n-word on multiple occasions. Now, Lisa Jackson is suing Paula, citing workplace discrimination, both sexual and racial.

In one such incident, Jackson alleges that Paula said the following while planning Bubba’s wedding:

“Well what I would really like is a bunch of little n***ers to wear long-sleeve white shirts, black shorts and black bow ties, you know in the Shirley Temple days, they used to tap dance around. Now, that would be a true Southern wedding wouldn’t it? But we can’t do that because the media would be on me about that.”

Come again?

In the deposition, she explained the slavery theme…as if that would make things better. She said she got the idea from a restaurant where the wait staff reminded her of slaves.

“The whole entire waiter staff was middle-aged black men, and they had on beautiful white jackets with a black bow tie.

I mean, it was really impressive. That restaurant represented a certain era in America…after the Civil War, during the Civil War, before the Civil War…It was not only black men, it was black women…I would say they were slaves.”

And she even defended her and brother Bubba’s (who admitted to calling President Obama the n-word) jokes about everyone who isn’t white.

“It’s just what they are — they’re jokes…most jokes are about Jewish people, rednecks, black folks…I can’t determine what offends another person.”

So now I’m currently erasing all episodes of Paula’s Home Cooking from my DVR. And shaking my damn head at this grown ass woman who should have known better.

Oh my. What is wrong with some people?? SMH.

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Arrogant and Black Are Two Things That Should Not Dare Go Together

Some of her best friends are n-words.

Some of her best friends are n-words.

You gotta love this woman’s proof that she is not racist:

Buena Vista Township Clerk Gloria Platko is resisting demands that she step down after another local official, Interim Township Manager Dexter Mitchell (a Democrat), taped a phone conversation in which Platko referred to Township Supervisor Dwayne Parker (also a Democrat) as “an arrogant nigger.”

The 63 year-old Democrat later apologized for the “slip of the tongue,” but shockingly insisted that her use of the slur doesn’t make her racist, because she has “eaten Thanksgiving dinner with black friends at their house.”

Here is the portion of the audio:

Read the full story here.

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Quentin Tarantino Is Justified (In This Case)

He does have a penchant for violence and the word.

He does have a penchant for violence and the word.

I realize I have been remiss and not gone on record regarding the controversy over Django Unchained and the movie’s heavy use of the n-word. About the controversy, this is what Ace Showbiz wrote:

The racial controversy surrounding Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained” still continues. After Spike Lee openly criticized the movie over the repeated use of the N-word, which was deemed offensive by some African-American filmmakers, director Antoine Fuqua weighed in on the issue. He defended Tarantino and claimed that the “Pulp Fiction” helmer didn’t mean to offend anyone.

Well I haven’t seen the movie yet, though I probably will. But I do have to say from what I know of how the word is used in the movie, and the harsh violence portrayed, I think if there ever was a time for Tarantino to use the word in a film, this is it. The word was used by white slaveowners as much as any other descriptive, from all I have ever read or seen related to that time in our history. So as hard as it is for us to hear it used so excessively, it fits this movie.

Frankly I have a greater problem with rappers who pepper their raps with the word much more unnecessarily. Oh and the justification that they are ending the word with an “a” and not “er” makes no difference.

Here is the full article on the controversy.

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Obama Speech During Football Game Flushed Out A Lot Of Racists

Some people's priorities are really screwed up.

Some people’s priorities are really screwed up.

This is what I call bi-level stupidity.

When the President addressed the grieving people of Newton on Sunday night and his speech was broadcast to the nation, television stations broke into regular programming to cover it.

This didn’t sit well with the neanderthal segment of the Sunday Night football crowd who couldn’t believe a football game was being interrupted by a tragedy involving 26 people being killed. And worse still, they were incensed that a part-black man was doing the interrupting.

It was just too much for their brains. So some of them took to Twitter and here was the result:

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Trust me there was much more where this came from (if you’re in the mood to read more click here).

Amazing how little it takes for some people to show their true colors. And their stupidity.

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Gwyneth Paltrow Uses The “N-Word.” So What? Jay-Z Gave Everyone Permission

Gwyneth and friends.

So the latest little celebrity controversy seems to be that Gwyneth Paltrow playfully tweeted a version of the “N-word” the other day, referring to her friends Beyonce and Jay-Z.

She tweeted this in response to hanging out with her buds in Paris for Kanye’s and Jay-Z’s tour:

Ni**as in paris for real @mrteriusnash (the dream) tyty, beehigh http://say.ly/ySc3rTP

Needless to say, many African-Americans did not appreciate her use of the term and Gwyneth had to defend her tweet. She tweeted back to one blogger:

Hold up. It’s the title of the song!

That explanation was not enough for many. And therein lies the complication with that word. Some Blacks freely use the word and defend its usage as a way to neutralize its power. Some rappers use it all the time, as Gwyneth rightfully pointed out about Jay’s song. I’m with Gwyneth on this one. What was she supposed to do, not mention the name of the song that Jay himself put out to the world?!

Many of those railing against Paltrow of course used the logic that no white person should ever use that word even if Black people are allowed to. I disagree. I stand on the side that says the word should be buried completely. It is too charged a word to think it can be used positively in any way. So I say to anyone that thinks it is OK for Blacks to use the word, then accept that it is OK for anyone to use the word. If Jay-Z wants to put the word out there in such a large way, then Gwyneth and anyone else should be able to reference it. It’s one of the silliest things I ever heard to hear someone say a White person can never ever let the word come out of their mouth, even if they are saying the name of a song. That is just silly. If rappers want to make the word cool, or so they think by changing the spelling and pronunciation, then unless we want to protest that, we shouldn’t protest others thinking it is cool to say the word in a circumstance like Paltrow’s where she was clearly not being racist.

Come on people. As this controversy shows, the word is not easily accepted. Put pressure on all people, including Blacks, that use it. Or accept that it is OK for Gwyneth and others to use it too.

Here is a full article on the controversy, from someone who thinks Gwyneth was wrong, but it is OK for Jay Z to put the word out front and center all over the world.

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Ethnic Hatred At Its Worse

An innocent man.

This story is incredibly sad and is a huge reminder of how far we still have to go to eliminate racism and hatred in our world. And though this story is about what some White teens did to a Black man, let’s not pretend that hate crimes involving Blacks against Whites doesn’t also happen, and other ethnic groups get involved too at times. But whoever is doing it, it is so stupid and sad. We must keep working to change how people divide and see each other.

With that being said, this is one of the worst incidents I’ve heard of in a long time. And that it was instigated by young people makes it even worse. Click here to read the story.

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What Ever Happened To That Post Racial America We Expected?

The bloom seems to have come off the rose for some.

When Barack Obama became our next President, many of us bought into the idea that his victory signaled a “Post-Racial America.”

We were clearly wrong.

It will take more than the first bi-ethnic President to get us to that place. And we should have known that. But what is more surprising, at least to me, is that in many ways it appears President Obama’s victory has actually caused a lot of people to get worse about their issues regarding so-called “race.” For some on the right, possibly angry that a man with his complexion is the leader of this country, they have been emboldened to speak with even more venom on matters of ethnic difference. The Tea Party, Rush Limbaugh, Glen Beck, The Birthers, even Dr. Laura and the whole “N-Word” controversy, they have all seemingly gone truly insane since Obama came into office. (well some were insane any way I guess)

But it is not just the people on the Right. For some on the Left, I think the expectation of a drastic change, in a short amount of time, an expectation that did not come to fruition, also made them crazy too. And for some Blacks, the fact that racism still exists, that their lives did not change because a partially Black man is in the White House, caused them to also get angrier at perceived slights. We’ve always had incidents of ethnic tensions and animosity, but it’s hard not to think some of the tensions are worse. The recent attacks in New York City’s Staten Island, of Blacks assaulting Mexicans and Mexican-Americans, is I think, a factor of the new tensions, and somewhat related to the anti-immigrant talk in the country now, led in part by Arizona’s crackdown on illegal immigrants.

Even the major brouhaha in New York, and the ensuing national debate, over the so-called “Ground Zero Mosque,” is a sign to me of a country not going forward in the way many of us had expected. The religious intolerance, and that’s what it is on this issue, since Islam is being acquainted with terrorism, when Islam did not attack the World Trade Center, idiot terrorists did, is another indicator that our prejudices have become more open rather than better.

But maybe the positive in this, the silver lining if there is one, is that things have to get worse in order to get better. So maybe all of this coming out in the open, as painful as it is to watch and hear, is a step in the right direction. Maybe getting all these feelings out in the open is indeed a sign of progress. After all, we do have to deal with it and until we put it out there, there can be no dealing with it.

So looked at that way, maybe the “Post-Racial America” is indeed closer. We just have to get through this growth period before we get there. Let’s just hope it doesn’t get too much uglier before it gets better.

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Dr. Laura Is An Idiot

Dr. Laura is not so bright.

I saw this just now in the Huffington Post and just had to repost it. The article relates how a caller, a Black woman who had called in because she felt her White husband was not being sensitive enough to certain instances of racism including the use of the “N Word” by White neighbors, was further shocked when Dr. Laura herself started using the ‘N Word.” Dr. Laura went on to say this enlightened bit of advice:

If you’re that hypersensitive about color and don’t have a sense of humor, don’t marry outside of your race

And what “race” is that, Dr. Laura? Since this supposed educated woman should know racial classifications are psuedo-scientific inventions. What an idiot? And I really do hate to call people that. But boy it fits here.

Here is the link to the whole article.

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Government Sanctioned Use of The “N Word”

Can You Believe What's In This?

Ah, the furor over the “N word.” People just can’t help themselves. Here we are in 2010 and once again the dreaded “N word” rears its ugly head.

You know the word I’m talking about too. You know you’ve said it in private, when you thought no one was listening.

Let’s go ahead and put it on the table.

Negro.

There. I said it. I’ll say it again. Negro.

As you probably heard, a brand new furor has erupted over the use of this once acceptable “N word” and it’s current role in the 2010 Census. Apparently there are some Negroes that don’t like the use of that word. Even though it was at one time the accepted and preferred word by us. Hell we still use it, as in The United NEGRO College Fund.

But today, the proper thing to say is Black or African-American. Although I read somewhere recently that there is a new debate as to whether or not we should use African-American since it is confusing considering Africans who immigrated here more recently are grouped in with American Blacks who have really are not the same as Africans culturally. So along comes the new Census starting something up again with its use of the word Negro as an option for race. People are not happy.

Personally, if you can’t tell, I love the controversy. The more people argue about the stupidity of these made up “racial” classifications, the more I hope they realize the whole identity thing is ridiculous. Here is an interesting excerpt from a Time magazine piece on the whole controversy:

Consider that in a 2006 study of 138 censuses from around the world, New York University sociologist Ann Morning found that only 15% of those asking about ancestry or national origin used the term race. Almost all of those that did were former slave economies.

Further, among nations Morning studied, only the U.S. asked about Hispanic ethnicity in a stand-alone question. (Race and ethnicity are synonymous practically everywhere else in the world.) Morning concluded that talking about the two separately, as is done in the U.S., could unintentionally reinforce the view that while ethnicity is a product of culture and society, race represents something else – a set of characteristics inherent to a certain type of person (e.g., black people are athletic; Asians are smart).

Yeah, we’re stupid when it comes to this stuff. More from the article:

If it seems like a stretch that the Census would have such grand influence, take a moment for a little history. The first Census, in 1790, explicitly asked about only one race: white. Blacks, for the most part, fell into the slave category. Race was about civil status. In the 19th century, concerns about keeping the white race pure led to the addition of the “mulatto” category in 1850 (and “quadroon” and “octoroon” in 1890), a process traced by Harvard political scientist Melissa Nobles in her book Shades of Citizenship. With rising immigration, Chinese and Japanese were added as categories – but not Irish or Italian – underscoring that somehow Asians were more fundamentally different.

Are you getting this people? Race is made up. It changes based on social mores and concepts. It is fluid. IT IS NOT REAL. I like the part where Mexicans and Arabs have to consider themselves “White” according to these classifications. It is probably the only time someone confuses them for or calls them White. And this will only exist until we, or the Government, decides to give them a separate category under “Race” as opposed to “Culture.”

Oh Boy. This is so confusing. And funny at the same time. Funny in that people can and do take it all so seriously. Thus the uproar over the re-emergence of the “N Word.”

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