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If you can't handle the N-Word, then don't read this blog.  If you think it should never, ever be uttered, then don't read this blog.  I only use it for educational purposes...and America needs to be educated.

Paula Deen is the n*gg*r.

Back in 1963 James Baldwin said, "What you say about somebody else, anybody else reveals you. We (America) invented the nigger. I didn't invent him. White people invented him. And they invested me with it.  As that's so, no matter what you've done to me I can say this to you and I mean this.  I've always known that I'm not a nigger.  But if I am not the nigger and if it's true that your invention reveals you, then WHO is the nigger? You're the nigger baby.  It isn't me."
Check out what Baldwin said in it's entirety in the embedded video.  RAW. POWERFUL STUFF.

So, Paula Deen is the n*gg*r...and so are those of her ilk.

She's a vile person for saying it and so is everybody else who says it...no matter what their skin color or ethnicity. But while that's true and I'd hope nobody would use that word, it's even more vile coming out of the mouth of those who invented it.

And to Deen's apologists who say all she did was say a bad word, please check out her deposition filed in conjunction with a racial and sexual discrimination lawsuit filed against her and her brother "Bubba" by a former employee for alleged misconduct at the restaurant they own. This is more than just an isolated incident of another old southerner getting caught saying the N-word.  Deen admits in the deposition that "of course" she uses the N-word and that she wanted to have black men dress up like slaves to work at some wedding function. WTF!!

Paula Deen wanting blacks to dress like slaves for her amusement is like a Nazi descendant wanting Jews to dress like concentration camp prisoners.

And top of everything else, per the lawsuit Deen and Bubba mandated separate bathrooms for black and white employees at their restaurant.  White employees were free to use the customer bathroom at the front of the restaurant, but black employees had to use the facilities in the back. Just like the good ol' days of Jim Crow, right?

So, Paula Deen is the n*gg*r. The Food Network did the right thing by not renewing her contract, in essence saying, "This n*gg*r can't work here any more."

Her apologists can keep patronizing her restaurants. They can keep buying her cookbooks and cooking products. They can keep watching her TV shows for these last few days they are on the Food Network.  But I won't. Refuse to subsidize or watch racists.  But she'll be OK.  When her new show pops up on Fox News, she'll fit in with the rest of the n*gg*rs there.

Paula Deen is the n*gg*r.  It sure as hell isn't me.

6:09 PM PT: To all of the offended, pseudo DailyKos intellectuals who have reacted to this in much the way I knew you would because you simply do not get the impact of this word or why it must be used sometimes when discussing race in America: Please proceed...

8:21 PM PT: Those wannabe intellectuals who'd prefer to not deal with the "N-word" and prefer that I not use the it in this piece need to check this out for a dose of reality: 6-year-old attempts suicide after Israeli classmates keep calling her "n*gg*r" & wish death upon her http://972mag.com/...


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  •  N-bomb in the diary title. (18+ / 0-)

    There is some interesting stuff in this diary; maybe title it differently with a notice of offensive langauge? I'll remove the HR if BlackKos approves; not sure here.

    I was gonna listen to that, but then, um, I just carried on living my life. - Aldous Snow

    by GoGoGoEverton on Sun Jun 23, 2013 at 07:16:10 AM PDT

  •  I totally agree with your points, but I find that (8+ / 0-)

    word horribly offensive in any form, including in print.  If you could make it N-word, or n***er or whatever to throw some much needed water on it, I think it would serve the same purpose, at least in the title.

    Best. President. Ever.

    by Little Lulu on Sun Jun 23, 2013 at 07:23:09 AM PDT

    •  I really disagree... (0+ / 0-)

      The OP put it in context, for my two cents worth.   The word is offensive, but I have long believed that to play semantic games is one-dimensional.  To me when it is used with any, ANY, context of racism,  it is wrong to the maximum.  But, in context to condemn the history of its use, I think it can be correct.  THose 6 letters when assembled together are like any other word--the letters arent the problem, but the context is.

      I know some will disagree with me, and note that I have not typed the letters here, but the OP was dead on, and was not using the word as a racist slur, but rather to attack racism.

  •  Must we do this? (4+ / 0-)
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    leonard145b, FiredUpInCA, CJB, Yasuragi

    Non futuis apud Boston

    by kenlac on Sun Jun 23, 2013 at 07:23:17 AM PDT

  •  HR'd for obvious reasons. (nt) (2+ / 0-)
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    FiredUpInCA, Yasuragi

    Stop the NRA and the NSA
    Repeal the Patriot Act and the 2nd Amendment

    by dream weaver on Sun Jun 23, 2013 at 07:28:51 AM PDT

  •  Kwik, I see what you are doing here (17+ / 0-)

    James Baldwin's interview is important stuff, and the use of the word in important to that. But putting the word in the title will cause people not to pay attention to the important stuff, as you can see by the comments here.

    You would be better off changing the title to something inoffensive so that people will click on this diary without preconceived notions, and actually give James Baldwin an opportunity to express his point.

    Leaving the diary the way it is is unfair to Mr. Baldwin.

  •  Too much coffee this morning? (2+ / 0-)
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    GoGoGoEverton, Kane in CA

    I barely see your point and it is way overblown.  Her antebellum wedding proposal, while completely offensive and over the line, in definitely not the same as "a Nazi descendant wanting Jews to dress like concentration camp prisoners."  

    I also take allegations made by civil litigants with a grain of salt.  People will say and do many things for money.  

    That being said, Ms. Deen deserves what she is getting right now, but much of what you write is overblown and hyperbolic.

  •  fix the title and I'll remove the hr n/t (3+ / 0-)

    "If you are sure you understand everything that is going on around you, you are hopelessly confused." Walter Mondale

    by klompendanser on Sun Jun 23, 2013 at 07:39:09 AM PDT

  •  Will remove the donut once the diary title (2+ / 0-)
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    chicago minx, Yasuragi

    and the N-bombs in the diary itself are properly redacted.

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Sun Jun 23, 2013 at 07:39:14 AM PDT

  •  Dude, naw. Can't do that here. (26+ / 0-)

    So much wrong . . . .

    1) The practical issue:  Putting that word in the title is gonna trip people's filters, at work or other places.  There's a reason certain words can't be used in diary titles.

    2) The slur:  Lobbing a slur at anyone, for whatever reason, is wrong.  Period.  Whether it applies to that person or not.

    3) The biggest fail:  Look, I support reclaiming terms (which means that oppressed group members can use them within the group in ways that out-group members cannot); I do it myself with certain terms.  But that's not what you've done here.  What you've just done is legitimize white racists' use of the term, because you've taken it and internalized the very meaning they find in and value they place on the term, and then flung it at someone else, in exactly the same way they use it.  

    You should've just gone with "racist." It's accurate, and frankly, far worse to be a racist than a "n-----," which is itself merely an artificial [racist] construct.

    I thought initially I might be able to remove the HR if the title's changed, but no.  There's too much of the same in the diary.  It would have to be overhauled completely before I can do that.

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    by Aji on Sun Jun 23, 2013 at 07:49:16 AM PDT

    •  Would rec this multiple times if I could (4+ / 0-)
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      koosah, Aji, skohayes, Yasuragi

      Thank you for this clear and concise instruction on the power or language and how oppressed groups can sometimes subvert hateful speech.

      "They did not succeed in taking away our voice" - Angelique Kidjo - Opening the Lightning In a Bottle concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City - 2003

      by LilithGardener on Sun Jun 23, 2013 at 07:58:54 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  I had a conversation with (4+ / 0-)

      a woman I work with about this. She used the usual canard about "if black people use it talking to each other than I should be able to use it too."

      Then I asked her if I should be able to use the C word since I hear women call each other that occasionally.

      For some reason in her mind that is different but she could not articulate that reason with anything that resembled a good argument.

      Most of the people taking a hard line against us are firmly convinced that they are the last defenders of civilization... The last stronghold of mother, God, home and apple pie and they're full of shit! David Crosby, Journey Thru the Past.

      by Mike S on Sun Jun 23, 2013 at 11:45:13 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Nope, what I did was... (0+ / 0-)

      Give the word back to Paula Deen and those of her ilk. Because they invented it and all it is an ugly reflection of themselves. Way different than what you describe. Didn't lob a slur at anybody.  Just gave them back the word they invented and tried to invest black people with.  Sorry if you don't get that.  As for the word in the title, OK fine.

      •  Oh, I get it. Sorry you don't. (3+ / 0-)

        FTR, I'm part Black.  And your use of the word was not reclaiming it in any way.  It was merely offensive - and not to her, to us.  I do NOT accept that word in any way, shape, or form to be applied to me in the way that white racists mean it (and also FTR, I have been called that by white racists, so let's get that right the hell out of the way up front) - which is precisely how you used it.  

        It's wrong,

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        by Aji on Sun Jun 23, 2013 at 06:49:11 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  Interesting... (1+ / 3-)
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          fou
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          Yasuragi, nomandates, leftist vegetarian patriot

          That U choose to be offended rather than understanding. Your mind has been closed and weakened by the very racists and word U claim to abhor. Irrelevant that you're part anything. I guess that's your way of saying you have a right to be offended and gives U some sort of credibility in terms of your comment, but all it does is prove you're color afflicted and affected--just like the racists want U to be.

          •  HR for being incapable of spelling out (0+ / 0-)

            "you."

            Okay, no.  For sitting there and providing a bullshit psych analysis of one of the most highly regarded people on this site.

            STFU with that, and back down: you U've already lost this one.

            And yeah: we all have the right to be offended -- and you have no fucking business being a schmuck when addressing someone who is so much more on top of this than you are.

            "Throwing a knuckleball for a strike is like throwing a butterfly with hiccups across the street into your neighbor's mailbox." -- Willie Stargell

            by Yasuragi on Sun Jun 23, 2013 at 08:47:54 PM PDT

            [ Parent ]

          •  I love that you put up that video. (0+ / 0-)

            Baldwin is a gem. I understood exactly what you were trying to do.

  •  The offensive tag should be removed (2+ / 0-)

    or changed to a less offensive alternative.

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    "Tags should generally only be deleted if they contain abusive language (eg, "this diary sucks," "sh*t diary", etc.). We emphasize in the strongest of terms that these kinds of tags are completely unacceptable. The use of abusive language in tags will be treated as a bannable offense."

    I don't know how you can be much clearer than that.
    [mu bold]

    "They did not succeed in taking away our voice" - Angelique Kidjo - Opening the Lightning In a Bottle concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City - 2003

    by LilithGardener on Sun Jun 23, 2013 at 07:55:24 AM PDT

  •  If the N-word is offensive (2+ / 0-)
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    leftykook, Kane in CA

    it offensive whoever uses it. When I was growing up in the  in the 50s, we were taught by teachers et al that the word was a derogatory term used by "white trash." In fact, it appears to be a corruption of the word "Negro' and was akin to the word "wog" as a faintly contemptuous term for
    nonwhites.
       You might recall the racebaiting politicians of the 50s and 60s used the term "nigra," which would cause their supporters to cheer. Apparently they were already feeling put upon because of the social stigma attached to those who used the term.
       But here's the deal. N**was a word used to stigmatize blacks. To expand the term to cover miscreant whites, as the diarist does, is to reinforce the word as a pejorative term. The diarist is simply calling Ms. Deen an African American who fits a racist stereotype.
       N
    ***should be retired from the language, as should "white trash." People like Ms. Deen should have the offensiveness of the term, and of the ante bellum fantasies that she harbors.

    •  So Mark Twain should be edited? (1+ / 0-)
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      Whatithink

      It is interesting to me how so many are commenting "some interesting stuff in this diary, but I am going to HR for the use of the term nigger" - I am wondering if all these people hop on over to amazon to give one star reviews of Mark Twain's work because of his use of the term?

      The very first post tip jar comment:

      I'll remove the HR if BlackKos approves
      This is so outworldly to me "I am incapable of judging for myself, but until someone else tells me what to think I am going to disapprove"

      It is simply fascinating to see how incredibly easily a group of people can be so triggered into  reactive response

      I am totally ok with being sensitive on this account, but by being simply reactive is fundamentally simple, imo

      "I want to keep them alive long enough that I can win them to Christ," - Rick Warren, Professional Greed Driven Scumbag

      by josephk on Sun Jun 23, 2013 at 08:27:03 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  thanks for video of James Baldwin (2+ / 0-)
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    urnumbersix, Chitown Kev

    he's amazing and brave and very smart... returning the concept of "nigger" back to those who invented it; seems he's left most of us stumbling over it ever since.

    like in your post... people understand your point but let a word dictate their behavior.

    Baldwin didn't let the word nigger dictate his behavior. And he totally disarmed it. truly Fabulous.

    ironic though the comments here. not sure Baldwin wouldn't be laughing... and again, thanks for posting.

    “You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” Buckminster Fuller

    by pfiore8 on Sun Jun 23, 2013 at 07:56:46 AM PDT

  •  What Baldwin said applies to a LOT of people (2+ / 0-)
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    urnumbersix, Chitown Kev

    Every single "birther", all the vote supressionists, and all the creatures whose heads are exploding because there's a black man and woman living in the White House.

  •  Get rid of that word (1+ / 0-)
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    Yasuragi

    This is the working hour. We are paid by those who learn by our mistakes

    by chicago minx on Sun Jun 23, 2013 at 08:28:50 AM PDT

  •  Diary title fail. (1+ / 0-)
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    Yasuragi

    Filters will block the site based on the title, not to mention the fact that it's offensive. Change it, please.

    "A lie is not the other side of a story; it's just a lie."

    by happy camper on Sun Jun 23, 2013 at 08:36:10 AM PDT

  •  Can we just stop using that word, ever, please n/t (2+ / 0-)
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    noreaster88, Yasuragi
  •  Your title has been edited. I highly recommend... (10+ / 0-)

    ...you edit out its other references here except in Baldwin's quote.

    Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

    by Meteor Blades on Sun Jun 23, 2013 at 08:51:59 AM PDT

  •  as a Baldwinphile (3+ / 0-)

    I get was he was attempting to do and, yes, you are making a very important point.

    However, can't tip or rec until you change the title...

  •  With title change, am tipping (2+ / 0-)
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    Meteor Blades, CalNM

    Mostly for Baldwin video and information I hadn't seen before. But although I'm no Baldwin and certainly do not speak authoritatively for him or his intent, listening to him speak two sections you didn't cite leapt out at me, both elided in your paraphrase of his words:

    "I am not the victim here"
    and
    "...but you still think, I gather, that the nigger is necessary. Well, it's not necessary to me, so it must be necessary to you. Now I give you your problem back."
    If you're going to enlist a thinker like him, I think you should go for the full context. Because in the full context Baldwin didn't sound like a guy trying to score points or repurpose an ugly word or even trying to use it to insult some very ugly people; he sounded like someone dispassionately (maybe even sympathetically) dissecting the mindset of those who feel it necessary to use the word.

    Leaving that part out and repeating the line you did at the very end of the diary, you do sound rather as if you are trying to use it to insult.

    Are you sure Baldwin would approve?

    My country, right or wrong; if right, to be kept right; and if wrong, to be set right.
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    by leftist vegetarian patriot on Sun Jun 23, 2013 at 10:54:41 AM PDT

  •  RECIPE: Thai Tofu-Broccoli Stir Fry (0+ / 0-)

    http://thaifood.about.com/...

    Prep Time: 15 minutes

    Cook Time: 10 minutes

    Total Time: 25 minutes

    Yield: SERVES 3-4 (with rice/noodles)

    Ingredients:
    •1+1/2 to 2 cups firm tofu, cubed
    •Marinade: 1/2 tsp. cornstarch dissolved in 3 Tbsp. soy sauce*
    •1/4 cup finely chopped shallots or purple onion
    •5-6 cloves garlic, minced or finely chopped
    •1-2 thumb-size pieces galangal OR ginger, sliced into thin matchstick pieces
    •1/2 to 1 small fresh red chili, sliced, OR 1/4 to 1/2 tsp. chili flakes
    •1 medium-size carrot, sliced
    •5-6 shiitake mushrooms, sliced, or left in halves or quarters
    •1 small head broccoli, cut into florets
    •1 red pepper, sliced into strips
    •generous handful fresh basil
    •2 Tbsp. coconut oil or other vegetable oil
    •STIR-FRY SAUCE:
    •2/3 cup coconut milk
    •3 Tbsp. good (strong) tasting vegetable stock (OR faux chicken stock)
    •2 Tbsp. soy sauce*
    •3+1/2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
    •1/3 to 1/2 tsp. dried crushed chili (chili flakes)
    •2+1/2 tsp. brown sugar

    Preparation:

    1. Place cubed tofu in a bowl and pour marinade over. Toss well to coat and set aside to marinate while you prepare your other ingredients.
    2. Combine all 'Stir-Fry Sauce' ingredients, stirring well to dissolve sugar. Taste-test the sauce, keeping in mind that the first taste should be spicy-salty, followed by sweet and finally the rich taste of the coconut milk. Adjust these flavors to suit your taste, adding more lime juice if too sweet or salty (note: it will be less salty when combined with the stir-fry).
    3. Warm a wok or large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add 2 Tbsp. oil and swirl around, then add the marinated tofu. Stir-fry until lightly browned (2-3 minutes). If pan becomes dry, add a little stir-fry sauce, 1-2 Tbsp. at a time. Remove fried tofu from pan and set aside.
    4. Add another 1 Tbsp. oil then add the shallot/onion, garlic, ginger, and chili. Stir-fry 2 minutes, then add the carrot and mushrooms plus 3-4 Tbsp. of the stir-fry sauce. Stir-fry 2-3 minutes.
    5. Add the broccoli and red pepper plus up to 1/2 of remaining stir-fry sauce, enough to gently simmer vegetables in the sauce. (Note: this is a 'saucy' stir-fry that is never dry - the sauce is meant to flavor the rice or noodles it is served with). Simmer until all the vegetables are cooked but still bright green with some crispness (2-3 minutes).
    6.Add the tofu back in. Also add more of the stir-fry sauce as desired.
    7. Remove from heat and do one last taste-test. If not salty enough, add a little more fish or soy sauce. If too salty or sweet, add another squeeze of lime juice. Add more sugar or chili if desired. Top with fresh basil and serve over Thai jasmine-scented rice (also good with noodles!). Also delicious with my  Easy Thai Coconut Rice OR  Easy Thai Sticky Rice. ENJOY!

    I can't endorse this particular recipe, but this one restaurant serves a tofu and broccoli that is so amazingly good that I order it every time.  

    "We're now in one of those periods when the reality of intense pressure on the middle class diverges from long-held assumptions of how the American bargain should work" --James Fallows

    by Inland on Sun Jun 23, 2013 at 02:13:40 PM PDT

  •  Baldwin is an American treasure. (0+ / 0-)

    One of the greatest men of letters this country has every produced.

    Thank you.

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