Paua Deen and racism

Normally I ignore all the celeb news because most of it is garbage. Honestly I think the Kardashians are low class and aren’t worth my time to think about. Anyway, one of the more prominent stories lately has been Paula Deen and the whole racist comments. While I’m neither a fan nor am I a non fan I feel she is being attacked somewhat worse than she should be and I think it’s part of society that tells us if we don’t think (or presume to think)like everyone else we are the wrong ones. I get a lot of flames online because I disapprove of single parenthood in most cases and never date divorced nor never married dads partly for this (and partly because I don’t want the issues).

Let me point out I am not defending her for using the n word. That word comes from a time when black people were not equal to whites. There of course was slavery but even after slavery it was rough to be black in this society, especially in the south. My dad tells me stories even back in the 60’s about how blacks were mistreated in the south when he was stationed there. I don’t see a reason to mistreat people of African descent. Also, mys sister in law is black and my brother got a lot of flack and my grandma disowned him when he married. So then why am I defending her? simply put while I disagree with racism I support the right to believe what we want, even if it is racist.

Have I used the n word? yes I have, along with various other words. I haven’t used it as a word for all or even most blacks in general but for the low class people who take advantage of the system for example. I lived in an area that went from diverse upper middle class to low income mostly black and yes they were trash. By the same token I have used that words (and others) against white people. To me trash is trash and have used words like trailer trash or honky (and I am white)against white low class. I am not happy I have used those words because I immediately became angry at myself because the n word is a horrible word. I have used other slang against other groups as well. I will readily admit I have racist tendencies, though not at black people but mostly Indians. My reasons for this is valid, having lost a job due to both outsourcing and visaed workers.

I am not alone in using racist slurs against people, most people have done it. In fact there are many politicians in Chicago who are always making anti white slurs and have had anti white slurs said against me for no reason. No one takes them to task but people like Paula Deen are fired. Look at Mel Gibson, yes he’s a nut but his career has done a nosedive because of things he has said. I don’t agree with what he has said but there is definitely a bias where making leftwing comments is acceptable and making rightwing is not. I don’t think it is right to make a comment against an ethnic group but it should go both ways. It doesn’t and I am often reading terrible comments against Catholics or white people in the paper.

I don’t know if she is racist or not, probably but it is her right. Likewise it is my right not to buy her products because of it. However being fired because of it seems wrong when others do it and nothing happens. It also seems wrong because I believe in free speech, ┬ánot matter how hateful.

3 thoughts on “Paua Deen and racism”

  1. I think that Paula Deen is a case of wanting to “look right” rather than “do right”. Most of us are taught that there are things that we don’t say in public. The Japanese have the useful concept of “public face” and “private face”, which holds that we act differently in public than private, and that a narrower range of expression is allowed in the former than the latter. I think that political correctness is an effort to crush one’s “private face”.

    One of the odder things that I do is reread George Orwell’s “1984” more or less annually. One of the party leaders notes that if you control the language, you literally control how people think. One of Winston Smith’s colleagues notes that Newspeak is the only language where the number of words is declining year to year.

    One of the funnier pejoratives is “wigger”, which is a person who is white on the outside but acts black, kind of the opposite of an Oreo, a person who is black on the outside but acts white. I think that I’d rather deal with an Oreo than a wigger.

    1. Oddly we just read 1984 for my book club and we talked about the whole new speak and how it is so much like today. But yep there are things I would never say in public because they might offend people but if I know that person feels the same way I will bring it up (whatever it is). Several of my Facebook friends (mostly high school classmates)are posting this FB page about banning Paula Deen from everything but then again they are black and this might bring bad feelings. I do remember a situation I had years ago when I met these black guys at a bowling alley with my white best friend and all these people were shouting nasty comments to them out the window. That bothered me to say the least.

      I think Wigger and Oreo are both kind of funny names but of course it brings up something that does disturb me and it’s how many black people are told not to “act white” by going to school, etc. Luckily I attended high school during the time of the Cosby Show and the majority of my black classmates acted like that.Some of those classmates have kids and they talk about how their kids get pressured to act black. I insist there is no “black” and “white” way, there is right and wrong.

      1. Consider that your Facebook friends are having their “Two Minutes Hate” against Paula Deen, which is a useful distraction from the rest of their lives.

        There is a line in the movie “Fight Club” where Tyler Durden asks the narrator, “You know what scares me? Celebrity magazines”.

        I’d agree that there isn’t black and white but right and wrong. People got messed up when I was on jury duty because it was a domestic violence case, and people were arguing that it was somehow different because the people had known each other for year. For me, it was all about equal protection under the law.

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