There are some very strange people out there.
Okay that’s a bit racist. But it’s not as racist as the kind of things Paula Deen has said and done.
Listen it’s simple. 20 years ago it was unacceptable socially to refer to black people as “niggers”. Not the “n-word” but “niggers”.
It’s important. That word has power. That power was once the absolute life and death of black people. I am sorry. Black PROPERTY. A man had no qualms at the point about raping, torturing or even killing his property.
We live in a better world. A world where we understand why the word nigger is a hateful term. We can see it’s history. We can see what black people are trying to make it mean. They are finding empowerment where they can.
Racism isn’t dead. Let’s look at Trayvon Martin. WND and many conservatives are in glee over his marijuana use. Why? Marijuana makes you unwilling to fight. The most famous users of the stuff were terrible in fights. Yet that excuses the very racist George Zimmerman’s actions in their mind. It’s okay we shot a black kid, he smoked weed.
Racism is very much alive. Yes, if we stop complaining about racism there will be no racism. If we stopped filing reports about burglaries there would be none too.
And no, we are appalled by her use of the word “nigger”. But we understand that she lived in a culture that was racist and still is racist. And that she would not have known how to behave when confronted with this dilemma of adults using racial slurs.
I know who she is. We got TV here you know. We know what a Honey Boo Boo is. I understand that’s not the “real America” and that’s just TV stations laughing at poor people… But we know who Paula Deen is.
Paula Deen is a TV Chef infamous for flogging unhealthy food. Oh that’s not a problem in itself. We have Nigella Lawson for that too. But here is the thing. Nigella doesn’t claim her food is good for you. Nigella’s food is a treat. A dirty little secret. It’s the olive in your martini and the parmesan on your linguini. It’s never been flogged as anything but that. Nigella repeatedly emphasises that her portion sizes are important (As in. Anything in gigantic portions is unhealthy) and even pushes for exercise.
Paula Deen does not. In a nation where obesity and related disorders are reaching epidemic levels Paula is firmly fighting the battle of health as if she has invested in Big and Tall.
She herself suffers from Type 2 Diabetes. And is in fact a spokesperson for a company that produces anti-diabetic medication. Rather than be more tempered with her cooking she carries on pushing it while making the claim that Type 2 Diabetes is “easy” to treat.
No, Paula is in deep shit because she ran a restaurant where racist and sexist abuse was the norm.
And it came out. She was allegedly making black people use separate bathrooms…
And the usage of the word Nigger 20 years ago? Let’s let that slide.
“Well what I would really like is a bunch of little niggers 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, Now that would be a true southern wedding, wouldn’t it? But we can’t do that because the media would be on me about that.”
This was in 2007. I am pretty sure that’s it’s still racist to call black people niggers.
Except? There are people who don’t think so…
Yeah… About that racism thing…