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View Diary: Paula Deen Apologizes, Offers Slavery-Themed Cookbook to Make Up for Racist Past (20 comments)

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    "The whole entire waiter staff was middle-aged black men, and they had on beautiful white jackets with a black bow tie."

    Sounds like every prom and formal wedding has men "dressed as slaves", then. Do you typically think of men in tuxes or dinner jackets as slaves?

    The language in the headline of the link was from the plaintiff's complaint, not from Paula Deen's mouth in the depo.

    Yes, the actual restaurant style Dean is referring to was meant to be an old-South atmosphere. Dean said in the depo "after the Civil War, around the time of the Civil War... before the Civil War, I guess they were slaves."

    That's not a racist opinion, it's a statement of fact. Before the Civil War, they were slaves.

    Face it, if you go to Colonial Williamsburg in VA, every black person you see as a recreator would have been a slave. Does that keep you away from Colonial Williamsburg, make you hate their famous Christmas decor, or make you avoid the restaurants there?

    I just feel that the way this is all being portrayed is piling on, giving the impression that what is alleged in the complaint, that language, is known to be the language Deen used. That is not the case, that is only what is alleged by a single plaintiff. The language and attitude Deen used in the depo itself is definitely old-time Southern, but lots of Southerners who are not racists long for the formality that the South was known for irrespective of slavery. Our kids here still go to cotillion classes, and both black and white young females have "coming outs" and a large number again of both races still join sororities in college. Maybe if you saw the way most Southern church ladies dress, you'd know what I mean about the longing for formality.

    Anyway, Deen has already been punished not for what she herself said in the depo but for what was alleged by the plaintiff. So much for innocent until proven guilty.

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