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Defending Paula Deen? Find Out Why It’s WORSE Than You Think!

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By Micah David Naziri

In the neighborhoods in which I’ve lived most of my life, there isn’t a soul who would defend Paula Deen. It would be easy for me to look around at all of the bumperstickers on my block and assure myself that the world is progressively improving on the issue of “race” relations.

But I don’t live in a bubble. I know what people – let’s be honest, what white people – are often saying. Before you freak out and cry “reverse racism” (I won’t even get into all the reasons why your knee-jerk reaction is wrong), let me put your mind at ease: NO, I do not in any way think all “white” (whatever that means), Anglo Saxon, Germanic, Italians, Irish (since the latter two are white these days), have the same opinions on Paula Deen, or on the political concept of “race” itself. Everyone is different, and yes, there are certainly many “white” people who are outraged at Paula Deen’s racism. So calm down. You’re not being victimized, or facing ePrejudice.

What I notice, however, is that those who defend Paul Deen from allegations of her racism and discriminatory work-place practices (to which she at least partially has admitted), are in 99.99999% of cases “white.” With that in mind, this is an open letter to “White” America, or the segment of America that associates themselves with the political concept of “whiteness” and all that this implies and carries with it…

Attorney Daryl K. Washingon explains, after having reviewed the complaint filed against Paula Deen, that “many people have been making this incident about the ‘N’ word only, but it’s much more than that. I personally find it to be offensive whenever someone from another race is accused of using the “N” word they are somehow given a pass because of the use of the ‘N’ word by some in the black communities. Let me be the first to say that I find the use of the word by anyone to be wrong. However, when it’s used in a racist or insulting manner, it hurts more.”

He explains further that, “individuals who are trying to defend Paula Deen’s use of the “N’ word should probably familiarize themselves with all of the facts of the case against her.”

What are these facts? For starters, in case you didn’t know, the person who initiated the complaint against Paula Deen and her brother is not “Black.” She is a “white female” who, Washington explains “was subjected to years of abuse and was finally fed up with her black employees being treated like animals, so stop thinking it was a black person complaining about Paula Deen’s use of the N word.”

While, Paula Deen indicated that she used the N word over 20 years ago, that is not at all what is being alleged against her, and thus, her “admission” adds insult to injury (as this was not what was alleged in the complaint). An example of the daily racial commentary from Deen, she went as far as telling a guy he was as “black as a blackboard.”

Here’s a summary of some of the things being alleged against Paula Deen, her brother Bubba Hiers and the Deen business entities:

Summary: 

  • Paula Deen, while planning her brother’s wedding in 2007, was asked what look the wedding should have. She replied, “I want a true southern plantation-style wedding.” When asked what type of uniforms the servers should wear, Paula stated, “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;
  • Black staff had to use the back entrance to enter and leave restaurant;
  • Black staff could only use one bathroom;
  • Black staff couldn’t work the front of the restaurants;
  • Brother Bubba stated his wishes: “ I wish I could put all those n***ers in the kitchen on a boat to Africa”;
  • Bubba asked a black driver and security guard “don’t you wish you could rub all the black off you and be like me? You just look dirty; I bet you wish you could.” The guy told Bubba he was fine as is;
  • Bubba on President Obama: they should send him to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, so he could n***er-rig it;
  • He shook an employee (Black again) and said” F your civil rights…you work for me and my sister Paula Deen;
  • Paula’s son Jaime’s best friend managed the Lady & Sons restaurant. He threatened to fire all the ‘Monkeys’ in the kitchen. When Paula found out…she slapped him on the wrist and suggested that the employee visited Paula’s $13,000,000 mansion so he felt special and could be massaged.

So you say you support Paula Deen? You say she’s “come clean” and “deserves forgiveness?” You sure about that?

For many years it might have looked like things were getting better with regards to racism and “race” relations. But over the past several years, things have been going in a very different direction. Racism must not be tolerated. It’s up to all of us to take a stand and spread the word.

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3 Comments on "Defending Paula Deen? Find Out Why It’s WORSE Than You Think!"

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  1. Elon says:

    My brother and I always kind of suspected this side of her, and obviously being that our forebears had less than pleasant experiences with Southern Culture, I am not inclined to forgive her.

    Still, what really bothers me is their adulation for the Plantation Culture rather than any specific thing they said. I think the wedding plans speak volumes.

  2. mickeylou says:

    Having grown up in Alabama in the 70s through the 90s, my observation was that it was the privileged (and thus, sheltered) whites that were more apt to act like this. Superiority complex makes people of wealth look down on anyone not like them, regardless of race… remember Mitt Romney? In my Alabama, I saw the best race relations from middle- and low-income people. Po’ folks is po’ folks and po’ folks is good folks.

  3. George Nicholas says:

    The writer of this post is wrong in their attitude. All the itemized allegations are just that: allegations.

    Yes, I am sure I will support Paula Deen, until all those ALLEGATIONS are proven to be factual.

    Besides, the rest of us despise the hypocrisy on the issue because not many do know about the current suit against her. People are freaking out about her use of the word “nigger” ages ago. That is wrong.

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