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  •  I think you mis-read (4+ / 0-)
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    nellgwen, Egalitare, indubitably, Nulwee

    I was saying that "nostalgia" does not merit losing a job. Racism does.

    •  In This Case Nostalgia = Racism (11+ / 0-)

      The nostalgia period that Deen loves was a time when blacks were subservient  to whites, no matter their level of education or intelligence.

      "The problem with posting quotes off the Internet is you never know if they're genuine."--Gen. George Washington at the Battle of Gettysburg, February 30, 1908

      by Aspe4 on Fri Jun 28, 2013 at 08:09:42 AM PDT

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      •  Alright (6+ / 0-)

        I do not believe every person who is nostalgic for the Old South should be fired from their jobs. If you do, there's a bigger issue here, since that's millions of people. I'm interested in teachable moments.

        •  Deen's problem is that she carried her (4+ / 0-)

          nostalgia into the workplace.

          You want to be a Confederate Civil War reenactor on weekends, fine. (Well, I'm not fine with it, personally. But I respect the first amendment)

          You take that into the office, or you take that crap into your business and subject your employees to it, then there's a price to pay.

          Deen is a spokeswoman. She helps companies sell products because she lends her credibility to those products.

          If people are turning on Paula Deen because of her racism, because they don't like how she wears her hair, or if she said something mean about Kim Kardasian, or whatever reason, then a corporation has the right to get rid of her. She's lost her credibility with the people they want to sell their products to. Instead of elevating the product, she brings it down.

          It's much like Lance Armstrong (which, by the way, why is he in the news again?). He totally lost his credibility. So he lost all his endorsement deals.

          When you sell WHO YOU ARE then if people decide they don't like you, then you're pretty much screwed.

          © grover

          So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

          by grover on Fri Jun 28, 2013 at 12:51:31 PM PDT

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      •  A letter from a servant woman in 1912 (1+ / 0-)
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        Tells you all you need to know about that particular brand of nostalgia. Oddly enough, the nostalgia is always pasty-white. For some reason, those on the other side of the racial power equation don't yearn for those times. Go figure.

        Deen deserves the shunning she's receiving.

    •  That's part of it (0+ / 0-)

      I think if she had said she wanted her brother to have a period wedding, with civil war re enactors and costumes, food appropriate to the period, etc., she might have been able to recover.

      She didn't.

      However, you can really overdo that kind of thing. And while civil war re enactors and living history museums have their place, I don't know that a wedding is one of them.

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