Ok folks, is anyone really suprised Paula Deen used the N word? Not saying it is ok, just saying that should not be a new revelation to anyone...
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Well, right is right and wrong is wrong! As a manager, using racist, abusive and vulgar terms in a place of employment is extremely unprofessional and should warrant some type of punishment. Ms. Deen is a grown & intelligent woman who "should" have known better. Paula Deen hurt many employees and fans who admired her. Now Ms. Deen is feeling just a fraction of the discomfort, she inflicted on others throughout the years. It's very sad that she is learning such a big lesson so late in life. Hopefully, she will repent for her sins and change her mindset.
My problem with PD is that she is painting all southerners with the same brush. Yes we have bigots and racism in the South. We also have it in the North. Midwest and even, gasp, in California. There will always be a percentage of the population that will be arses. That doesn't mean the south is full of redneck butts. Yeah we got our share, so do every place else. It is not what defines us.
On the subject of the "N" word.
I was taught that it was wrong at age of probably three or four.
I was whipped for using the word.
And I was whipped by the older sister of the little black boy I was playing with.
She too of course was black.
She whipped me in my Mother's presence but she whipped me spontaneously and the whipping caught my Mama's attention.
When she ceased to whip me, and looked at my Mama who walked to the doorway to observe what was taking place on the porch, Mama then instructed her to whip me again. She did and I learned then and there to avoid that word.
From my perspective the N word is colorblind. There are as many white people today who fit the description as there are black folks.
I've spent a lifetime avoiding the use of the word but I must admit that I have at times used it and almost always instantly regretted doing so.
It remains to be seen just how Paula Deen will suffer financially over this issue.
This is an example of political correctness taken to the extreme.
I've never been a fan of Paula but I've always admired her for the entrepreneur skill and achievement she and her sons used in order to lift themselves up and move forward in the world.
I know how wonderful the cooking style is to the taste buds.
I also know about the bad effects of eating such.
I just read this morning's Savannah Morning News.
Geveryl Robinson's column is about the Deen flap and it says probably what most needs to be said about the issue.
I suggest we all should read her column.
Thanks for sharing your experiences TOT. I also plan on reading the article. I would like to add that I used the word and was punished as well; my mother, aunt, father and grandmother tagged me and washed my mouth out with soap. She has to face the music too.
Paula said the words in public as early as 2008 (that we know of) not 20 years ago like most of you believe. However, this is issue is not only about words. If you have any doubt the food network decision...watch the video from the today show..they didn't fire her becuase of old remarks. they fired her becuase she was out of order .Please watch the video attached.
Or was she simply a hard working Mother and single parent looking for a way to support the boys and herself.
She is living the American dream.
I've been told that she got started in business by creating bagged lunches and having her boys deliver them to the ILA workers.
What is wrong with that.