Ted I am very happy to see you back participating on this site.
Don't stay silent, we need you.
"OUR LIVES BEGIN TO END THE DAY WE BECOME SILENT ABOUT THINGS THAT MATTER"
Said Dr. Martin Luther king
"Black Americans have no issue with Paula Deen so please stop calling her racist"
No disrespect to you Ted-but you don't speak for me or my generation!Saying the infamous N word is actually a small part of Deen's problem. What's more troubling is here attitude about African Americans and people of color in general. The casual way that she has handled the issue of race is disrespectful. Black men being dressed up as slaves for a "traditional plantation wedding" are you serious? Paula Deen destroyed her own career by dismissing the use of the N-word—which compounded all the other things she did, such as considering a plantation-themed party with all Black waiters or allowing a family member to repeatedly call a Black cook “my little monkey.” The apology she issued was exceptionally selfish and oblivious.
Our history is what it is.
We can dwell on it.
We as individuals can elect to forgive and move ahead.
We also can maintain a position of grudge and hate.
PN, I respect you.
I TOT had nothing to do with slavery or the double standard of segregation.
I'm sorry but from my perspective you seem to be attempting to fan the flames of hatred and racial divide.
It seems to me that Ted Harris is attempting to spread forgiveness and join the world in trying to create a better future for all of us.
You nor I can rewrite history.
We can join together and attempt to find brighter days ahead for all of us.
Please consider doing just that.
what generation are you from politicsnation ? Rap music has been around over three decades.I bet you a billion people in the world attend live event to hear sing and chant,the N-word.Why must Paula Deen be judge by you for slavely. Women please!!
@Tot- I respect you too.
Ted-I don't listen to Rap music nor do I condone the N-Word or any hateful words towards any race. I hate Rap music. I didn't allow my children to listen to rap or watch rap videos. I have no respect for the artist that claim it's a term of endearment or women that shake their butts to sell records.
I don't care for Jesse Jackson or the black panthers- I think they are opportunist.
Last but not least- I've worked with you-passing out flags at veterans events-I have a picture of us (you in the big red-white and blue hat) in my office from the last stand-down for homeless veterans in Savannah.
I hope we can agree to disagree.
Thank you Ted and PoliticsNation.
Please lets all continue this discussion.
My day is over, see ya'll tomorrow.
Thank you TOT and PN I wish to express my heartfelt appreciation for help me pass out flags to veterans over the years. I am truly honor that you have a picture of us in your office. People know me as the flagman and I am all about the colors. We toke a oath to defend the constitution of the USA.
America corporate elite have cross the line by setting up their own star chamber and judging a citizen who broke no laws of the USA. This issue is bigger than Paula Deen to me.
The First Amendment (Amendment I) to the United States Constitution prohibits the making of any law respecting an establishment of religion, impeding the free exercise of religion, abridging the freedom of speech, infringing on the freedom of the press, interfering with the right to peaceably assemble or prohibiting the petitioning for a governmental redress of grievances. It was adopted on December 15, 1791
Ted thank you for posting this blog.
I've always appreciated your stance politically.
I agree with most of your positions and I enjoy your commentary.
PoliticsNation I have followed your blogs and comments with interest.
I am seldom in agreement with you.
However I appreciate the fact that you do not stoop to insulting and personal attacks.
I have never believed that Paula Deen was a racist.
It was criminal the way the biased media went for her throat.
It appears that she has survived and continues to prosper the American way.
It disgusted me, in the way some of our fellow bloggers on this Courier site joined in the attack.
I have grown old with some very old and lengthy relationships with many black friends.
I feel that there is greater tension between black people and white people now than ever before.
We can (right here on this blog site) make a difference.
That can only be accomplished through discussion in a thoughtful way.
Lets not remain silent on this issue because it matters very much.
Paula Deen is a home grown American success story form Savannah with a good name. I furnish my kitchen Paula Deen small appliances eleven years ago and still have the toaster. What unseen forces have the power to denied the American consumers opportunity purchase her products. Paula Deen is a national brand name with people meeting in secret and acting corporate mob in judging her.
"However I appreciate the fact that you do not stoop to insulting and personal attacks" sayeth Tot to PN above.
No Tot, PN doesn't and neither does Ted.
You Tot, however, stoop to insulting entire GROUPS of people, i.e. calling our country's veterans MERCENARIES and a drain on our National Budget, (TED Harris, Sebe, Funk among others), blaming LIBERALS, (JimmyMack and PN) as accessories to the SANDY HOOK killing of those babies, and calling the ENTIRE 'MAINSTREAM' media biased.
I got one for you Tot: guess what? You are part of the last group via your participation on this site.
Your un-self awareness of your buffoonery accompanied by your on deep, and many times incorrect, moral certitude is reckless, dangerous, and fans the flames of prejudiced beliefs.
Hello Sebe. This is my take on Tot.
He was/is a successful business man. Blue collar. Hard working. He has done very well making his way in life and creating jobs. I assume that he is financially secure. For reasons unknown to me, he is a high school dropout. That in and of itself does not make him a bad person. It does though, limit his perspective on many issues. He has not been exposed to varying view points in his life. However, as a result of his monetary gain he feels, I believe, reinforced and justified in stating his misconceptions here on these pages.
I think by virtue of his business instinct, and having been successful in that blue collar endeavor, he mistakenly transfers that 'correctness' to many, varied, and sometimes complex issues we discuss on these pages. He KNOWS he was RIGHT in business and therefore he must be RIGHT in his views and opinions. That is a mistake. It is flawed thinking.
He is basically a good man, but is terribly misinformed. And that, to my mind, makes him reckless and to some degree dangerous.
That's just my opinion. I could be wrong.
My apologies to TED for diverting his blog.
@ Jimmy- no need to apologize for diverting the blog. You are empathetic, smart and a great blogger. I appreciate your input and wisdom. We all have our moments- that one topic that stirs us up and gets us going. Keep fighting the good fight. At the end of the day we are all striving to be better neighbors.
Welcome back Ted, and with a great blog to boot. I really appreciate how you are defending Paula Deen and I agree with you too. No more double standards!
Good morning Funk PN TOT Jimmymack and all. I talk to over fifty black peoples at the Barber shop, family events, and on the street about Paula Deen. And all but three people agree with me. They say she got a raw deal, she deserves a second chance, I miss seeing Paula Deen on Tv, and they spoke good things, kind things, about her. Paula is forgiven and she is redeemed !!!
Please tell me where I can buy a Paula Deen, blender, or coffee maker, because its time to make my money talk!
I need to clarify my last statement above. I am a firm believer in second chances for most everybody, except Pedophiles and Serial Killers. Those two groups and probably criminals who have been proven by DNA and other forensics beyond a reasonable doubt of killing people in a particularly disturbed and heinous manner. Maximum security lockup for them.
Dam! I forgot the ones that worship death, Members of Al Quaeda, violent Islamic Fundamentalists, and the evil doers incarcerated at Git-Mo; keep them in their cages. Execute one or two from time to time in front of the others. Aid them in making them able for their greet and meet with Allah and their 72 Virgins. Just a thought, what do the suicide female bombers get?
Ok. That gets the No SECOND chancers. I think....
"Please tell me where I can buy a Paula Deen, blender, or coffee maker, because its time to make my money talk!"
Ted - you can purchase Paula Deen products here:
and she appears to be branching out around the country: