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Sun Jun 23, 2013, 07:05 AM

Paula Deen

Give her a pass or hang her out to dry?

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Reply Paula Deen (Original post)
bluedave Jun 2013 OP
MADem Jun 2013 #1
peacebird Jun 2013 #2
FarPoint Jun 2013 #3
JustAnotherGen Jun 2013 #4
Kahuna Jun 2013 #5
JustAnotherGen Jun 2013 #7
rurallib Jun 2013 #6
Rozlee Jun 2013 #8
Zoeisright Jun 2013 #9
Rozlee Jun 2013 #10

Response to bluedave (Original post)

Sun Jun 23, 2013, 07:08 AM

1. Give her a ticket to Venezuela. nt

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Response to bluedave (Original post)

Sun Jun 23, 2013, 07:19 AM

2. Off topic - She bears a striking resemblence to Miss Piggy. On topic - let her slither into oblivion

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Response to bluedave (Original post)

Sun Jun 23, 2013, 08:32 AM

3. I always understood her to be a Democrat.

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I remember her cooking show episode where she had President Jimmy Carter on for the entire show. They went to his farm. So...I have yet to believe the racist hype so far.

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Response to bluedave (Original post)

Sun Jun 23, 2013, 08:56 AM

4. What are her hiring practices?

How does she treat her employees when she hires them?

Does she discriminate or show bias to her workforce?

Does she have a history of mistreatment of her employees?


The N Bomb is not an indicator of racism. It is an indicator that one is capable of verbally denigrating and dehumanizing people based upon the color of their skin.

Example -

Robert Byrd was a bigot and a racist - once. For all I know - he privately may have remained a bigot all of his life. However, whether it was political expedience or heartfelt -

His policies and votes in the latter part of his political career were decidedly NOT racist.

So is she a bigot or a racist? I'm reading things at DU where she deliberately humiliated a black male employee in a public forum - comparing him to a black chalkboard.

This could have caused insecurity to his personal economy. If it did - if it was like a duck and talks like it then - she's a racist.

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Response to JustAnotherGen (Reply #4)

Sun Jun 23, 2013, 09:19 AM

5. This is where I'm at. I'd rather wait for the outcome of the lawsuit to determine

whether she continues to hold racist views. What she did 20, 30 or 40 years ago is of no interest to me.

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Response to Kahuna (Reply #5)

Sun Jun 23, 2013, 10:12 AM

7. See

I don't care about racist views.

I care about the implementation of those views. Whether she feels black people are inherently inferior or not is her business.

When she uses her power, privilege and financial standing to demean, humiliate and harm minorities that she needs to given a goodbye.

And - its not hard to believe this happened considering how vile America is on the race issue specifically our Moral Stain and Eternal scar of Federal Government Sponsorship of racism towards black people beginning with the Great Compromise.


ETA: Google Huff Post Paula Dean 2012 Video

I can't seem to copy paste the Link to Huffington Post article/video here. But she's a very odd bird.

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Response to bluedave (Original post)

Sun Jun 23, 2013, 09:37 AM

6. personal responsibility

That is the old Republican mantra.
She needs to be responsible for what she says and believes.

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Response to bluedave (Original post)

Sun Jun 23, 2013, 02:26 PM

8. I say give her a provisional pass.

I'm Hispanic and my daughter recently became disconsolate when her Polish-American husband's grandfather, who's ninety, met me and told her, "You didn't tell me your mother was a colored gal." He was jovial and friendly to me and we talked for hours during their family get-together. He was wistful as I left and said he hoped I'd visit with him again. I pecked his cheek and told him sincerely that I'd make time to.

My daughter wasn't so understanding. She had adored her husband's grandfather. My daughter is half-white and doesn't look the least Hispanic and was outraged at my being referred to as a "colored gal." I really feel she needs to see things in perspective. The man is ninety and lived in a generation when race and ethnicity were clearly delineated. He was pleasant and kind to me now.

Paula Deen is a product of her times and the Southern heritage she was raised in. She admitted to having used the "N" word in the past. She didn't have to have admitted to it. She used racial insensitivity. The question is: what is she like now? My Anglo husband was a flaming racist as a young Air Force officer, newly stationed in Okinawa in the late 50s, and his father, a WWII vet had instilled him with a particular dislike for the Japanese. Until he fell deeply in love with a Okinawan woman at a time when interracial marriages were a death sentence to an officer's career, and he was very ambitious. Fifteen years after her death, he married another minority and voted twice for an African-American president. Sometimes, people change. The question to ask is if Paula Deen has.

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Response to Rozlee (Reply #8)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 12:11 PM

9. Completely wrong.

She has violated employment laws left and right for decades. She is misogynistic, racist, and a complete bigot. This isn't just about using a racial epithet. This is about her entire attitude and abusing her white privilege.

THAT is what she is like now. She is the very definition of a deep problem in this country: racists who don't understand what they are doing wrong and the ignorant who don't call them on it.

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Response to Zoeisright (Reply #9)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 11:58 PM

10. I hadn't read all the allegations against her a few days ago.

Some of the things I've been reading since my post are puzzling and disturbing. Right-wingers posting on their websites are chortling about how she's a Democrat and an Obama voter and a racist. The only article I'd read was that she'd claimed to have used unacceptable language in the past. But, if she's been practicing systemic discrimination in her employment practices, she definitely hasn't left behind the institutionalized racism that's endemic to the South, which seems to be the case with her treatment of workers in her restaurant from the mid-2000s to today.

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