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In my earlier piece on the Paula Deen racism scandal, and why it is important, I focused on questions of White nostalgia, black subordination, and human dignity. I want to develop that a bit more by focusing on the relationship between violence and Paula Deen's fantasies of slavery plantations and obedient servants.

There is at least one prominent African-American making excuses for Deen's bigotry, which he frames as a function of her "culture" and "upbringing".

Dr. Boyce Watkins is half-right. Yes, her childhood provides a useful context and lens for understanding Paula Deen's racism. However, Deen's upbringing in the heart of the former Confederacy is not an excuse. She is no victim, nor is her racism a "misunderstanding."

If anything, the casualness of Paula Deen's bigotry was in evidence at an early age. Consider the following story from her 2006 memoir:

“This one day she had brought her little girl to work, and that child had many big, fat blisters on her hand, probably from helping out her momma. Something about those blisters just attracted me and I remember hitting those little hands with a bolo bat, and it busted her blisters good. It was pretty satisfying.

    I don’t know why I did it. I have a hard time thinking I did it out of meanness. But her mother—I can’t remember if she slapped me across the face or she spanked me or both—but either way, now I know I sure had it comin’.

    Well, still I was heartbroken and I went running to find my Grandmother Paul and Granddaddy and my momma. And my granddaddy had the woman arrested for hitting me. The little black girl’s momma went to jail.

    All this time it’s bothered me. It was me who deserved to be sittin’ in that jail for breaking a little black girl’s blisters in 1957.”

Deen's memoir also includes the following recollection:
   In the book, Deen, who was born in 1947, frankly wrote about her youth in Albany, Ga., where she “never thought” about the fact she was living “in the mix of what was fixin’ to be a huge social change.”

    “It was happening right under our noses: our local African-Americans were claimin’ their right for fair and equal treatment and some white folks were inspired to rethink old ways,” wrote Deen. “Still, I hardly noticed.”

Paula Deen's nostalgia for Jim and Jane Crow is a yearning for a world that was based upon legal violence and casual cruelty towards black Americans.

The lynching tree, terrorism, harassment, the KKK, racial pogroms, and economic, as well as social exploitation and exclusion, were a function of a social arrangement where Whites could visit violence, as individuals and a group, (almost) at will on people of color.

Deen's use of the phrase "our local African-Americans" is potent. As always, language does political work.

"Our" is a description of a set of historical material circumstances wherein whites quite literally owned black people as human property. "Our" also sketches out the boundaries of controlling one's own personhood and liberty--black Americans were denied this right from slavery through to the end of Jim and Jane Crow in the South and elsewhere.

Deen's "our local African-Americans" can be abused and violated in an arrangement more akin to a White racial fiefdom than a proper democratic polity. If white folks felt benevolent they could also offer protection and defense to "their negroes" from those other white people who would do them even greater harm. Both arrangements robbed Black Americans of their agency and freedom.

In total, White racial terrorism and White racial paternalism are both the product of White Supremacy and an inherent belief in black inferiority.

Paula Deen could beat a black child with a stick. But, it was the black child's mother who is sent to prison for daring to protect her little girl: this was a normal arrangement, the natural order of things, for her Deen's Jim and Jane Crow upbringing and (now) adult fantasies.

When I think about the casual cruelty of Jim and Jane Crow America, I return to the powerful narratives of day-to-to black life and resistance in the South offered in historian Leon Litwack's essential book "Trouble in Mind".

The following story is rich and evocative of a social milieu in which race determined life outcomes, and White Supremacy stunted dreams and hopes.

As detailed in a review of Trouble in Mind by Barry Goldberg that appeared in New Politics:

   Charlie had struggled hard to escape the perennial indebtedness of black (and white) sharecroppers and tenant farmers. One year he sold his tobacco and settled with his landlord and actually came out ahead. When "the man" called him back and told him he had miscalculated, Charlie could not contain his anger. He hit him. Charlie was fortunate: he lived and served a year on a chain gang. He had learned a sobering lesson. As he recalled, " . . . I knowed it wasn't no use for me to try to ever make anything but jist a livin'."

    But while he had been kept in his "place," he thought his son might go farther. Willie not only graduated high school, he continued his education, eventually getting his degree from the Agricultural and Technical College of North Carolina in Greensboro. But following the advice of Booker T. Washington and success manuals for blacks did not help Willie improve his lot.

    In fact, Charlie later recalled, that "was when de trouble started." In spite of his education, Willie had no more opportunities than his father, and even less patience. Willie started "settin' around and drinkin' and gittin' mean." One year, already angry at the previous day's visit to the tobacco warehouse, he returned with another load. Told that his son had been in a fight at the warehouse, Charlie arrived in town to find his son lying on the ground, his bashed-in skull surrounded with blood. As Charlie remembered, "Dey was tears runnin' down my cheeks and droppin' on his face and I couldn't he'p it."

    Charlie had made a fatal mistake: he did not impart the lesson he had learned or the advice his slave-born grandfather had given him years earlier as they sat fishing one day. "Son, a catfish is a lot like a nigger" the older man told him when he was a child. "As long as he is in his mudhole he is all right, but when he gits out he is in for a passel of trouble. You 'member dat, and you won't have no trouble wid folks when you grows up." But for good and ill he hadn't. After his son's killing, he would never forget. His other children lived, but none went to college. "Dey don't hab much, but dey is happy," he said.

    Charlie Holcombe's tragic tale spanning four generations of Holcombe males reveals how difficult it is to offer a typology of accommodation and resistance. Charlie was born into freedom and tested its limits. He could not temper his anger. He learned a hard, but fortunately non-fatal lesson. Still he encouraged his son to climb out of the "mudhole." But after he paid for his son's unacceptable aspirations he retreated and counseled caution. He had become an "old Negro," but instead of simply sharing folk metaphors, he took younger restless blacks to his son's grave.

Of course, this is not America in the Age of Obama. But the not so past world it describes, one of necessary black submissiveness and deference to White Authority, remains operative in the dreams of folks like Paula Deen, the racists in the Tea Party GOP, George Zimmerman, and those others who simply cannot accept a country where a man is President who happens not to be white, and in which African-Americans have become too "uppity."
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  •  oh God how did I know that would be Watkins (7+ / 0-)

    ole Samuel L. in django @$$ ^!&&@

    now to read further lol

    This comment is dedicated to my mellow Adept2U and his Uncle Marcus

    by mallyroyal on Wed Jun 26, 2013 at 10:50:55 AM PDT

    •  and now I'm totally dumbstruck by that (13+ / 0-)

      anecdote from her childhood.  I really don't know what to say to that.  Jesus.

      This comment is dedicated to my mellow Adept2U and his Uncle Marcus

      by mallyroyal on Wed Jun 26, 2013 at 10:52:43 AM PDT

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      •  Agreed Mall. It all just makes me wanna vomit n/p (6+ / 0-)

        "And he goes through life, his mouth open, and his mind closed." Shakespeare

        by vixenflem on Wed Jun 26, 2013 at 10:57:45 AM PDT

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      •  I would venture that there are 2 classes of (4+ / 0-)

        Southerners.  One group actually grew up integrated settings and worked and sweated in the fields with folks of all races.  The other group only interacted with people of different races intermittently and then in a definite social context.  Deen appears to be the latter sort of Southerner.

        (BTW, in thinking of her antebellum wedding for her brother, I have to wonder if she intended to invite African Americans as guests or only have them as servants?  It would have been extremely jarring for her to have a historically correct antebellum reenactment with African Americans appearing in the tableau as equals)

        •  Why would anybody even want (5+ / 0-)

          Such a reenactment?  That's just pathetic.  You are so wealthy you can have any kind of wedding you want, and you want to pretend you still enslave other people because you find it all romantic.  It's just hideous.  Paula Deen be gone.

          •  I have seen some very bizarre things over (1+ / 0-)
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            the years such as a group of Waffen-SS reenactors.  I have been to a few functions where there have been some strange situations which would indicate the hosts are at least tone deaf when it comes to history and culture.  There are folks who do indeed "get off" on such things.  However, the question is, in carrying off such things, exactly what are the dynamics involved.  For example, while African American units involved in the Civil War are well documented  (Union Army), among the reenactments of various battles, I don't think I have ever seen a single African American reenactor among the blue contingent

          •  Ummmmmmm. (0+ / 0-)

            Can I just make a very FEMALE comment?  For a lot of women, it's just about the DRESSES.  All those yards and yards and yards of ruffles and lace.  Then you have the long winding staircase, the outrageously ornate dishes and tableware, the music, and the fellows don't look that bad when they're forced to wear tight pants and ruffled shirts with brocade waistcoats, either.

            There's no reason on earth not to have a "plantation" style wedding with your black friends invited to dress to the hilt, too.  The touch of anachronism in fancy dress can be delightful.  I thoroughly enjoyed the historical episodes of Dr. Who with his black sidekick Doctor Martha Jones occasionally startling the locals.  We've had black members of "white" society since Tudor England, and if their presence forces a momentary cognitive readjustment, isn't that a good thing?  Since we're all fantasizing anyway, can't we fantasize a beautiful party in which we all get to be aristocrats, wear the gorgeous clothes, waltz to lovely music, and all the waiters and bartenders are people, too?  Is it better to do "Kate and Leopold" and just pretend there's no such thing as black and brown people at all?

            •  When I was younger I was a clothes (0+ / 0-)

              Horse, so sure, that part is interesting.  And during my senior year prom the dresses with hoops and a modern corset were all the rage and I even got to wear such a thing....out West though.  But it isn't as if that style hasn't made a come back without having to be labeled "plantation style".  That was also the style all over Europe too at that time without all the slaves.

              And real history, did they really wear all that stuff in the summer with no AC cuz I live down here and I have my doubts as to exactly how accurate we are about the dresses other than during the winter months.  I am as skeptical of the accuracy of that history as I am skeptical of how kind and forced family-like we were to our slaves.

              I think we romanticize what we want to.  Did Bubba's wedding go off without AC, because AC free is antebellum :)?

              I am personally not ready to promote a plantation style anything as cool and awesome though.  My "fantasy" about what plantation style could mean was in reality a horror for some, and their great great grandchildren are standing next to me and some of them are still struggling with how far behind the rest of us their existing social status has placed them.  Having to have fantasies is for children, I am a grown up and don't need such fantasies to experience true joy in my daily life.

              •  How grey and colorless (0+ / 0-)

                being a Grown Up must be, then.  Rather like Puritanism, which relegates both color and toys as things only for children.  I always thought growing up meant freedom to make my own decisions and NOT be forced into ugly clothes, ugly boxes, and ugly, windowless buildings all winter long.  No, if beauty is a fantasy, then I'm all for fantasy, and I never intend to Grow Up.

                •  I am a pagan, and I do a lot of artwork too (0+ / 0-)

                  Now because my life circumstances allow that.  I am so creative I don't need to step on the faces of the children of those we enslaved to have a good time :)  I am better than that, and everyone is capable of being better than that if they want to be.

                  I hear all this crap about tradition around here.  You know what tradition is?  What we say it is.  What we choose to repeat.

                  Have your dresses, they were from France.....remember?  Have some brie and champagne with the dresses, that probably happened too :)

            •  uuuhhmmmm, no ... (0+ / 0-)

              When our female bureauchief made this documentary about the proud US South a couple of years ago, most of us were (silently) quite embarrassed (and angry inside) about the subject she had chosen to focus on.

              We only thought about all the money it did cost to make a long docu like that and how it was wasted for this idiotic issue. What could have been produced with that money on way more pressing other relevant political issues in the US, especially in the South.

              The images and atmo is well made, but the issue ...what for ? They have never made a real educative documentary about the US voting system for example.

              It's a German documentary produced from our studio in Washington DC and apparently the channel Phoenix bought it and put it up on youtube. Your comment just reminded me of it and provoked me to make this comment.

              But you can have your dresses at TC 35:15 ... We looked at that part of the documentary with open mouth and jaws dropped. Especially the lady in red in Scarlett's dress at TC 12:19... caught our interest...(if I were her boss, I had rejected her choice of subject area for that production, but heh, it was the other way around, she was my boss ... ). and our camera woman had some stories to tell about that shoot.

              So, no, no excuses for female desires for fancy dresses ... and especially not in these days in 2013. I always have a regret that there are no english subtitles at least for the US audience, but in this case I am not. I think it's embarrassing. There are soooo many other issues one could have made a good documentary about, what the fuck we need that one for was beyond me.

              Sorry if this is a bit OT to this diary, your comment just brought it back to me.

      •  OK, I'll say it (6+ / 0-)
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        I don’t know why I did it. I have a hard time thinking I did it out of meanness.
        She did it out of sheer impulsive cruelty. Not distorted self-deceptive cruelty, (I'm beating you so you you learn to behave).

        She thought it somehow made her honorable now to be able to report that the violence was satisfying to her child self, and to later admit that she had some nagging guilt about it.

        We can be sure, that if that's what she's willing to admit, she did plenty of other very cruel things that she will never admit.

        "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 Wed Jun 26, 2013 at 02:19:23 PM PDT

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  •  “Still, I hardly noticed.” (11+ / 0-)

    And that's where Deen is still living.

  •  The defense is that she is a 60 year old white (10+ / 0-)

    woman who grew up in the South and imbibed Jim Crow standards with her mother's milk.

    This viewpoint sells too many Southerners who lived through that era short.  I will agree that racism is like a virus and infects a person down to his very bones, to the extent that there can be relapses (think of it as a type of cultural malaria).  However, a person who was raised during that era may be inculcated with the tenets of racism however, the same as someone with malaria does not give in to the recurrences of the disease, someone who was raised in a racist culture must fight daily against manifestations of that racism.

    To excuse Deen asserts that Southerners are not able to rise above their upbringing and racism is a disease which can neither be controlled nor cured.  This completely ignores the daily struggles of those of us who do rise above the racism we were raised among and ignores our daily victories over this blight on the soul.  In many ways, racism reminds me of alcoholism in how it must be dealt with, one day at a time, with small victories and terrible defeats within the confines of each day.  (not to intimate racism is genetic)    

  •  I'm having trouble (4+ / 0-)
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    reconciling the need to eject casual racism with the cold unforgiving treatment this woman is getting, which strikes me as inhumane and picking on a weak target.  On a scale of 1-10 of "how much of an invidious racist is this person," Deen strikes me as a 3 or a 4.  When we have banks & realtors who deliberately redline and foreclose to prevent nonwhites from obtaining housing and legislators who want to take away every social service until all nonwhites die in abject poverty and a Supreme Court that wants to limit the right to vote... not to mention a resurgence of Aryan groups and other white supremacists, I have a hard time buying the notion that those kinds of conscious evils should get a free pass while we beat up on an unsophisticated silly woman who naively waxed poetic about the culture of the Old South.  She does not strike me at all as having hatred or even indifference towards persons of other races.  This Congress on the other hand...

    •  Who says those other forms of racism should (4+ / 0-)

      get a pass? They enable one another.  Some of the banks and realtors share the views and background of Deen.  The two different types of "racism" also inform one another; they mingle and co-exist and can't be differentiated like two independent variables.  

      •  That only (0+ / 0-)

        sounds good in theory.  I don't believe such banks and realtors share the view of Deen.  They consciously know they're destroying the chance of a good livelihood for millions of nonwhite Americans and do it anyway, either because they don't care or because they enjoy inflicting harm.  I find that a lot more culpable than using a politically incorrect term.  Deen was careless and stupid; banks are consciously inflicting harm.  As I see it, there is a huge difference.  And yes, obviously the views of white supremacists are more dangerous than Paula Deen.  

    •  Have you read court document? (6+ / 0-)

      I did and I was appalled. She enabled and approved this behavior on a broader scale in her business. She supported her brother's behavior and when people went to her about it, she blew them off, told them that's the way it worked. First of all, what was going on was illegal under labor law. That's why there's a court case, I guess. But Deen was indifferent to the law and to actual human degradation in front of her eyes in favor of her old boy network. Which is another thing: she had this sweet, genteel image but then we get a look at the underbelly. The daily racism and misogyny were hideous. I was never a fan, but if I were I can't imagine the levels of scorn I'd feel. If Deen is getting cold and unforgiving treatment, it's only karma because that's how she treated people that didn't matter to her.

      Get old and do lots of stuff in the process. Half of the fun is trying everything out. --Noddy

      by Debby on Wed Jun 26, 2013 at 12:24:29 PM PDT

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      •  I read it. (1+ / 0-)
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        The plaintiffs had no case thanks to the extremely high obstacles needed to overcome to prove a hostile working environment on the basis of race or sex; we can thank the Extreme Court for that.  Having a family member involved in a family business who misbehaves is not the same thing as endorsing an Aryan agenda.  

        I never knew this Paula Deen woman except for seeing her on magazines while waiting in line at a grocery store, but since the scandal broke, I've followed the story casually.  I've seen so much worse in so many other places that I can't believe anyone would choose her as the poster girl for racist villainy in America.  Making an example out of her is as silly and disproportionate to the offense as issuing a death penalty for a traffic citation "to make an example out of everyone else who breaks the law that we haven't caught."  

        •  As I understand it, (0+ / 0-)

          she was part owner of the businesses with her brother so it's not just a case of casual association. She directly bore responsibility. And according to what I read in the doc, the plaintiff had appealed directly to Deen at times and got the brush off.

          And just because there is worse doesn't mean we don't address something that's wrong when we see it. She is hardly getting the death penalty. Her own actions have made her unpopular enough that her TV show wasn't renewed. Boo hoo! She's a millionaire, it's not like she's being made destitute.

          Get old and do lots of stuff in the process. Half of the fun is trying everything out. --Noddy

          by Debby on Wed Jun 26, 2013 at 09:29:46 PM PDT

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  •  I turned on the news this morning (2+ / 0-)
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    And Paula Deen was on sobbing, "I is what I is".

    What in the heck?  I have never been a fan and I am not a natural at cooking either.  I need help.  Her recipes are very unhealthy though so I don't follow her.  Has her grammar always been this poor?  I am a transplant to Southern AL and I don't know anyone around here using such poor grammar.

  •  Concerning "our" (3+ / 0-)
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    "Our" is a word that annoys me and it isn't only used to refer to African Americans.  

    My Democratic Senator Amy just loves "our" seniors.  I really despise being patronized as "our" seniors.  Great tip off actually.  Someone who claims to care about "our" anybody seems most willing to vote against "our" interests.

  •  one of the biggest things I've noticed in actual (5+ / 0-)

    conversations with southern Paula defenders is the idea "they [African American people] use it [the N word] so why can't I?"  over and over again.  The concept of ingroup  vs outsiders is beyond them.

    The sense of entitlement is linguistic as well.

    And we sail and we sail and we never see land, just the rum in the bottle and a pipe in my hand...

    by Mortifyd on Wed Jun 26, 2013 at 12:32:14 PM PDT

    •  that's not just southern people either. (4+ / 0-)

      This comment is dedicated to my mellow Adept2U and his Uncle Marcus

      by mallyroyal on Wed Jun 26, 2013 at 01:15:22 PM PDT

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    •  Yeah, well. (0+ / 0-)

      I'm nearly as old as Paula Dean, but I was raised (in an atheist household, no less) that the "N" word, along with an entire series of others that I only learned from my little brother as he learned them in school from people telling otherwise undecipherable "jokes" was absolutely unspeakable.  Now I am temporarily living in a lower-class apartment complex in Richmond, and the things I hear people screaming at each other through the walls, out the doors, window-to-window and RECORDED ON THE "MUSIC" THEY LISTEN TO are simply appalling.  I find it hard to believe that these are civilized human beings and not some kind of defective pond-scum reconstituted into human semblance by the Daleks for some nefarious purpose.  Neither White nor Black has the least bit of reticence in repeating either "N" or "F" a dozen times in series.

      I can't work my mouth around the kind of phrases they use.  My upbringing simply abhors it.  And yet it does make me wonder why it should be absolutely forbidden for ME to use the "N" word to my neighbor under any circumstance, when he turns up his stereo to force me to listen to it being shouted loudly and repetitively, supposedly as "art".  Spare me.

      •  let me put it this way: (2+ / 0-)
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        If you were to call me "Jew boy", you would be picking your face up off the floor after I chewed it off.  If my friend Yonatan calls me Jew boy - I laugh.  Because he's a Jew and I'm a Jew and we are friends and I KNOW exactly how he meant it and why he said it.

        You - I don't know.

        What I listen to, what my friends say to me - have absolutely ZERO relationship with what you can say to me as appropriate.  

        And we sail and we sail and we never see land, just the rum in the bottle and a pipe in my hand...

        by Mortifyd on Wed Jun 26, 2013 at 05:16:21 PM PDT

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        •  Oh, that I get (0+ / 0-)

          Except when the same word is bandied about not merely between friends, but at high volume screaming in MY ears.  At that point, I'm afraid I begin to interpret it as an assault thinly disguised as "music" or "private conversation".  Just how private and personal is a conversation that's screamed at the top of your lungs in a thin-walled apartment when you know very well the neighbor is trying to sleep?  Just how innocuous is "music" which consists of little other than strings of curses to a frenetic drumbeat, played at volumes which you already know have caused the neighbor to 1) speak to you about it, 2) call the cops, and 3) threaten to write to the landlord?

          I'm sorry, but at some point one loses the privilege of sole use, when he also demands the right to broadcast the offending terms in an offensive manner to the general public.  If it's bad taste, and you're the one insisting that it's bad taste, then a certain respect for the opinions of others should impel you to refrain from exercising it quite so freely.  

          Or, in terms of your example, do you spend several hours a day screaming "KIKE!" at the top of your lungs in the hearing of old ladies, interlaced with a half-dozen other obscenities, most notably the "F" word?  I haven't gotten that impression from reading your diaries.  Vulgar is vulgar, and applies equally to members of all ethnic, minority, and majority groups.

          •  the "F" word is one of my favourites actually (1+ / 0-)
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            but I have basic social training and don't use it all the time.

            Your issues seem to be more shitty neighbours than who gets to use the N word to me, sorry.  Offensive or not, slurs are powerful words in the mouths of the outgroup and terms of affection and membership in the ingroup.  That's just how language works.

            And we sail and we sail and we never see land, just the rum in the bottle and a pipe in my hand...

            by Mortifyd on Wed Jun 26, 2013 at 06:18:46 PM PDT

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  •  Great diary, thanks (2+ / 0-)
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    SOS - Save Our Sigs!

    by blueoregon on Wed Jun 26, 2013 at 01:01:38 PM PDT

  •  Slow it down, please (0+ / 0-)

    No one, from about fourth grade on, ever viewed me as anything other than a liberal progressive lefty- and that was in the fifties in the deep South.  I knew those words and attitudes were wrong, and I usually called people out on them.  I escaped from the South when I was 18, and never looked back.  I knew that I didn't belong there, and lots of people agreed with me.

    But...I feel sorry for Paula Deen, because we don't (yet) know what really happened, and some words that came out of Paula's own mouth have been twisted.

    Compare this (paraphrased): My husband and I went to a restaurant where all the waiters were black men with white dinner jackets and black bow ties.   I thought it looked very elegant and I wished I could bring the whole restaurant to the venue for my brother's wedding.

    The version that attorneys for the woman who is suing PDE for $12 million managed to get reported:  I wanted waiters who looked like slaves.

    Or, alternatively:  I wanted little n....... dressed in shorts and white shirts.

    I don't doubt that Paula's brother is likely a jerk of some kind, but 6 weeks before the incident (Uncle Bubba harrassing her), she wrote a letter to Paula thanking her for the wonderful opportunities she had had over the past years.  

    So other than Paula admitting that she called an armed robber the n word when recounting it to her husband, what real evidence is there?   Is there anything from anyone other than the sue-ing party?

    Yes, she remarked that a man- who seems to be very close to her- was so black that he disappeared when against a blackboard.  

    But why has the great American public come out so strongly against her?  I think it's the Martha Stewart syndrome- a powerful self-made woman must be destroyed.  

    Some of the remarks I've read on here seem to equate poor ol' Paula with Hitler, Pol Pot, and Stalin.

    Get a grip.  Let's hear all the evidence before we chew her up and spit her out.

    And if you don't like or approve of her food, don't cook it or eat it.

    But don't destroy this woman based on rumors, innuendo and misinterpretation.

    •  hell of a thing (3+ / 0-)
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      to have to hold people accountable for their actual words and deeds they have admitted to in open court.

      that personal responsibility thing is such a pain in the butt, isn't it?

    •  how do you reconcile 'LOOKING VERY ELEGANT" (1+ / 0-)
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      With the fact that she is idealizing slavery?  Why not have a slavery themed baby shower, a mammy's kitchen restaurant, a pickaninny nursery, a holocaust themed birthday party, a lynching themed picnic......what under lies your sympathy is a desensitization to the horrors and pain of oppression under slavery and Jim Crow......and lack of empathy for the people who lived it.....i hope she loses every penny her racist behind has earned on the labor of black people....

      "Fear is the Mind Killer"--Frank Herbert

      by vmm918 on Wed Jun 26, 2013 at 04:50:53 PM PDT

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  •  Well I partly grew up in Virginia but our (0+ / 0-)

    family knew those words, actions and words were wrong.

    My father and mother who were born in the 1930's knew those words and behavior was wrong and when they were living in Virginia, they rebelled against the racism and marched with Martin Luther King at the 1965 Selma Civil Rights March where people died or were hospitalized for their injuries.

    Where you live is no excuse for Paula Deen and I have no pity for her.

    Just read excerpts from her court deposition and you'll she those are just crocodile tears.

    It's been 150 years since the Civil War and 50 years from the victories of the Civil Rights Movement.

    No more excuses for folks anywhere. Bigotry never had a place in our society.

    Fighting Liberal at
    “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” --Gandhi:

    by smokey545 on Thu Jun 27, 2013 at 12:21:24 PM PDT

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