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If celebrity cook Paula Deen is out because of her decades-old private use of the "n" word, what about its public AND private use by MSNBC's Al Sharpton? What about HBO host Bill Maher's use of the "c" word?
The crisis Deen must deal with confirms the observation of a former editor of the conservative magazine National Review. "White racism exists," said John O'Sullivan. "But its social power is weak; the social power against it, overwhelming."
Deen has — so far — lost her show on the Food Network and her spokesperson gig for Smithfield Foods. QVC, Sears, Wal-Mart and others are deciding whether to continue their relationship with the embattled chef.
What did the 66-year-old native of Georgia do that now threatens their enterprises?
In a deposition given in a harassment lawsuit filed by a white ex-employee at a Deen family-owned restaurant, Deen admitted using the "n-word" in the past, during a private conversation: "When a black man burst into the bank that I was working at and put a gun to my head," she said, "I didn't feel real favorable to him." Deen says she didn't use the word during the holdup, but "probably" used it later, "in telling my husband."
Asked if she ever used the word again, Deen responded, "I'm sure I have, but it's been a very long time." When pressed to recall specific instances, Deen could not, saying: "I don't know, maybe in repeating something that was said to me. ... But that's just not a word that we use as time has gone on. Things have changed since the '60s in the South. And my children and my brother object to that word being used in any cruel or mean behavior, as well as I do."
Deen has, so far, apologized, apologized and apologized.
That the ex-employee is white, not black, and worked for her for five years did not seem to matter. Nor does it seem to matter that others have not come forward to corroborate her alleged racism. Does she refuse to hire blacks? Has she mistreated them or paid them below the wages of white workers? And, for what it's worth, Deen supported and campaigned for President Barack Obama.
If Deen's crime is the private use of the n-word, why does the Rev. Al Sharpton, who hosts a nightly hour-long show on MSNBC, get a pass?

Sharpton, of course, rocketed to fame by falsely accusing two white men of raping and sodomizing black teenager Tawana Brawley. A New York grand jury investigation concluded that the whole case was fraudulent and that Brawley flat-out lied to avoid punishment for staying out too late. To this day, Sharpton refuses to apologize to former Assistant District Attorney Steven Pagones, one of the men Sharpton accused of rape, even after a jury found Sharpton liable for defamation.
One of Sharpton's top aides became so disgusted with the farce that he turned against his boss. Sharpton, the former aide said, could not have cared less whether Brawley was telling the truth because, according to Sharpton, "We beat this, we will be the biggest n—gers in New York."
Sharpton called the former Marine, magna cum laude graduate, lawyer, professor and then-Mayor David Dinkins — New York City's first and only black mayor — a "n—ger whore."
Apparently MSNBC and the Food Network see the "n" word differently.
Sharpton has called Jews "diamond merchants" and described whites moving businesses into Harlem as "interlopers." Sharpton helped incite three days of anti-Semitic rioting in Crown Heights, where two people died and over 100 were wounded. A Columbia University professor called Crown Heights "a modern-day pogrom."
Then there's Freddy's Fashion Mart. A Jewish store owner in Harlem was accused of driving a black record store subtenant out of business by raising his rent. At one of many rallies meant to scare the Jewish owner away, Sharpton said, "There is a systematic and methodical strategy to eliminate our people from doing business off 125th Street. I want to make it clear ... that we will not stand by and allow them to move this brother so that some white interloper can expand his business." Later, one of the protestors, a black man, stormed Freddy's Fashion Mart with a pistol, screaming: "It's on now! All blacks out!" In addition to the shooting, he set fire to the building, eventually killing seven before turning the gun on himself.
If Paula Deen is out because of the "n" word, what about HBO's Bill Maher and his use of the "c" word?
Maher, on more than one occasion, publicly called former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin the "c" word. He has called her a "dumb tw-t" — a derisive slang word for female genitalia. He has described her son Trig, who has Down syndrome, as "retarded."
But, to be fair, neither Sharpton nor Maher — at least to our knowledge — has called Palin the "n" word. That must explain it.


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PoliticsNation commented on Friday, Jun 28, 2013 at 20:52 PM

No one should be so dismissive about this. Read the deposition so you can get a picture of the real Paula Deen. It's more than the N word, it's about racial discrimination, lies and sexual harassment.Stay focused my blog friend :)

Funkentelecky commented on Friday, Jun 28, 2013 at 21:21 PM

PN, I haven't read the deposition yet; however I will say Paul Deen is flesh and blood human being that has apologized for her mistakes "Amen" When will BHO, Pelosi, Sharpton and Maher do so as well and while in the meantime take responsibility for their actions and the actions of their administrations.

PoliticsNation commented on Friday, Jun 28, 2013 at 21:55 PM

Read the whole suit filed against her firm. It's about a great deal more than racism. It's despicable, including on going abuse of white employees as well. Very sick. Be informed, please.

MikeLongCounty commented on Saturday, Jun 29, 2013 at 08:45 AM

Political Nation most of us are not going to read the entire deposition, most will base opinions on personal values and from what we read in news articles. That is realty. PN if you have read it, then post some details, to shore up your stance. And maybe others will see it a little more from your perspective.

Graeme245 commented on Saturday, Jun 29, 2013 at 08:54 AM

Somebody please explain to me the above named aside, how the heck does Quentin Tarantino as an example "Pulp Fiction" & the rest of Hollywood & the entire recording industry get a pass on the use of any number of offensive words in anyones book but Paula Deen gets singled out... soft target perhaps?!?! I see mention in the media that Jimmy Carter has offered advice on her future.

PoliticsNation commented on Saturday, Jun 29, 2013 at 10:54 AM

This is why I hate when racial slurs become the lead topic. Read the deposition. Research the law suit that's been brought against Paula Deen, Paula Deen Enterprises, and her brother for not only racial discrimination but also sexual harassment & assault. Anyone who is stuck on what she said needs to wake up. It's what she 'allegedly' allowed to go on in her establishments that's the problem. I find it interesting that when someone brings up her admission to wanting to have a civil war themed wedding with "slaves', people who defend her act like that didn't happen & choose not to talk about that. It's easy to defend a fault that everyone has, which is saying something that they shouldn't at some time in their lives. But try to defend the other stuff. You can't & you won't. When you sign contracts to that link your brand with other companies, then you better be on your game at all times. Don't be mad at companies for choosing to jump ship. I'm trying to be done with the subject, but I can't get over how short sighted people are.

up2sumptin commented on Saturday, Jun 29, 2013 at 11:01 AM

Well said PN!

Graeme245 commented on Saturday, Jun 29, 2013 at 16:21 PM

Poli-Nat, that's the point, Paula Deen has become the "soft target" (as I put it) because she has admitted to using the n-word, she also has publicly admitted to 'joking' in the back kitchen after hours while having a drink with staff about doing historical-themed weddings, after she had stayed at an Inn in the Raleigh NC area that used only coloured male servers dressed in period livery... This isn't a matter of not seeing the forest for the trees, this is about a pendulum that has swung so far to the left that its movement offends everyone.

Funkentelecky commented on Saturday, Jun 29, 2013 at 17:07 PM

JimmyMack, well said. You just presented a sterling example of yourself and the United States of Amerca :D Thank you sir!

Graeme245 commented on Saturday, Jun 29, 2013 at 17:40 PM

I agree JimmyMack I've been here in Hinesville for more than 30yrs seen many changes just in that time, I remember the awful riots of the late 50's & early 60's in the south. My husband as a teenage boy made the mistake of sitting down at a black lunch counter in Greensboro NC while the bus he was riding from NYC to Florida to visit his sister & new brother in law stopped to refuel. I grew up in a part of Canada where unless a business & an individual can conform to an unwritten set of language laws they can lose the right to work, be educated, plus be fined by the provincial/state government all in violation of the United Nations Human Rights Commission's Standards

My comment mentioning direction of the pendulum only references the direction its been going since hemlines started creeping up once Queen Victoria went to her reward ;) Hence that being the farthest 'right' conservative 'left' being liberal not political parties. I just find it curious that visuals that one group could see as a lesson another can see as a lance. e.g. Civil War Re-Enactors

Funkentelecky commented on Saturday, Jun 29, 2013 at 19:22 PM

PN, I've read the deposition; now where are the employees that were discriminated against as Lisa Jackson described.

up2sumptin commented on Saturday, Jun 29, 2013 at 21:18 PM

They are coming forward Funky.

Funkentelecky commented on Saturday, Jun 29, 2013 at 21:35 PM

That's my point, you're innocent before proven guilty not vice versa like this Paula Deen debacle.

up2sumptin commented on Saturday, Jun 29, 2013 at 22:19 PM

Funky, my problem is not with PD innocence or guilt. Whatever side you fall on, that's fine. What I have been trying to say over and over is the insistence that this is all about the N word used 30 years ago. That is not the case. There are much more issues to be considered but to get that across is like trying to convince people about Obama's BC. It's frustrating. As for me, there is nothing to "forgive". She has not wronged me. Would I give her a second chance (if she is guilty and is remorseful), of course. I don't think either myself or PN is out to crucify PD. As for the businesses that dropped her, they are looking at the bottom line and if she can untangle herself from this mess, they will take her back so fast your head will spend. When a business like Wal-Mart (who we will not talk about how one should treat their employees) says they care... yeah about how much is going into their pocket. They'd French kiss Hitler if it improved their profit margin.

Sheran commented on Saturday, Jun 29, 2013 at 23:38 PM

"MY GOD" this comment was made over 30 years ago! We have '3' different blogs alone on Paula Deen.... No on can stay in '1' blog... What's up with this? Are we trying to get blog of the day?

up2sumptin commented on Sunday, Jun 30, 2013 at 07:03 AM

That should be "make your head spin." oophs!

Funkentelecky commented on Sunday, Jun 30, 2013 at 13:17 PM

JimmyMack is correcto again. The Murrelet is gone with the wind :D

PoliticsNation commented on Monday, Jul 01, 2013 at 17:09 PM

CNN is airing a special called "The N Word," hosted by Don Lemon, on Monday night.

Lemon will be debating the use of the word, in light of the recent allegations of racism against Paula Deen and the George Zimmerman trial. TV Newser reported that the special will air at 7 p.m. in lieu of "Outfront," while Erin Burnett is on vacation.

Lemon has previously said that he believes journalists should say the full word, instead of the phrase "n-word," when reporting a story. "I think someone should say, that person called someone 'nigger,' instead of saying 'the n-word,' because I think it sanitizes it," he explained last year, adding that he hated the use of the word in music and when it's used for misogynistic purposes.

He reiterated those views while speaking to Burnett last week. "That is the word," Lemon said. "I don't go around calling people that word and I don't like it when I hear it, but I think it needs to be said."

Graeme245 commented on Tuesday, Jul 02, 2013 at 07:02 AM

"Poli-Nat" I agree with the above 100%. Myself, I was raised on the old adage; "Sticks & stones may break my bones but names will never harm me" Yes I been called some dousies in my life to include c^nt... and life goes on, been called "honkie" on the streets of Newark in the early '70's with a backpack on my back while hitch-hiking across the USA alone as a teenage girl.

No I don't think we should ever freely run around "calling" each other names but to give any word so much power that it's perfectly & socially acceptable for one specific group of people to use it whenever they please, and then on the other hand make it so forbidden that if a member of another group ever dares to utter it they are threatened with loss of ALL they have. Are we then not creating some sort of false idol?!?!?!

Graeme245 commented on Thursday, Jul 04, 2013 at 06:33 AM

*crickets chirping* "what the hell am I, chopped liver?"

Funkentelecky commented on Thursday, Jul 04, 2013 at 08:47 AM

Graeme245, of course you're not. I address that issue on PN's most recent blog :D

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