Paula Deen Saying “Nigger” Isn’t The Real Issue

The internet has been buzzing the last few days over the comments made from Chef and Food critic Paula Deen. She has been accused by former employees of being racist and during a deposition she said a lot of things that got people charged up particularly her admission of the usage of the ‘nigger’. People have come out offended by Paula Deen admitting she has used the word ‘nigger’. People are really going back and forth over this 60-year-old southern woman using the word “nigger”. People defending Paula Deen and those going hard on her all have this situation wrong because none of them are really addressing the real issues from her comments. The word “nigger” itself isn’t hurting it’s the institutions and people who look at people as just a “nigger” that is the problem.

paula-deen-feeding-590x431The saga of Paula Deen has spiraled from her admission to using the word ‘nigger’ to her calling employees “darkies” and “black as a board”. She was barraged by people on social media and blogs which caused her to lose her job on Food Network. But, does her losing her job at Food Network really change anything if will just be another Don Imus or Dog “The Bounty Hunter” situation? People are in uproar of her using the word “nigger” and people like me aren’t shocked or surprised. When it was reported that she wished to have a southern themed wedding with black butlers serving patrons  that  was the comment  that made me shake my head the most. People are worrying and discussing her racial slur usage and not the thought process behind her comments and romance with the Antebellum South.

Paula Deen’s appearance on “Who Do You Think You Are” is where she says the most interesting comments. She comments about how slavery was a good part of southern culture. She then goes on to say “”black folk were such integral part of our lives, they were like our family,” and, for that reason, “we didn’t see ourselves as being prejudiced.” Paula Deen and people like her romanticizing of antebellum values is of most concern. She loved to throw out the idea of her having a black friends and how they were a part of her “culture”.

Is Paula Deen a bigoted person? I don’t know but it does look like it. The idea of racism to many people is guys running around with sheets on their head saying “white power”, burning crosses, and lynching people. The truth is that the majority of the bigotry is in our views of culture that creep into our decisions and interactions.

Paula Deen like many others love the history of the antebellum south and you know what they have every right to be proud of where they come from. Though this idea that slavery and “the south” were like the movie Gone With The Wind is like I said the bigger issue. There was NOTHING and I mean NOTHING to romanticize about slavery. You can think that slaves were a part of the family and everyone loved each other like an interracial Little House on The Prairie but it wasn’t a genuine love it was love under the guise of oppression. Slaves didn’t have a choice to love and get along  they HAD to do those things for survival.

This is where some people do not understand how people take some ideals of the southern culture as a slap in the face. The representation of the southern flag is like a swastika for the Jews. Some of those southern traditions are reminders for many African-Americans of the generational holocaust that America still does not want to totally recognize. When you have schools like Ole Miss and other institutions still proudly waving the confederate flag it gives the idea that they don’t care what the people who were oppressed under that institution feel.

paula-deen2_custom-0b30419dbbe077460d439775b6a773a8fdd8c906-s6-c30I am not saying that Paula Deen and those like her can’t celebrate their southern culture and values. However, let’s not romanticize this time period as the glory days because it was a system built of free labor. People like Paula Deen talk so flippantly like 400 years of slavery was so great and grandiose with all of these dope ballroom parties with elaborate dresses and suits. They never want to acknowledge the rape, destruction of families, and atrocities put upon those same slaves that were “loved” and “adored”.

Last year I did a video blog on Trayvon Martin that went somewhat viral and I received many emails with praise and some with criticism. One emailed I received was from someone who wanted to sit down and have a discussion on race in America. After some back and forth emailing I decided to accept his invitation to sit down and discuss. He talked about doing a documentary on race relations in America and if I would be interested in being a part of it. We got into many debates over racial tolerance, ghetto culture, and law enforcement. The place where I drew the line and knew I could not do the documentary was a comment he said that we can’t judge people who were apart of slavery because we can’t judge them on our current standards. It was at that VERY point in our discussion that I knew I could not be a part of his documentary no matter how open-minded I could be. I will never ever see any merits to the biggest holocaust in human history.

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38 responses to “Paula Deen Saying “Nigger” Isn’t The Real Issue

  1. Fuck Paula Deen and her bullshit. And I’ll tell you this; what comes outta that bitch’s mouth, won’t be half as dangerous as what comes outta her kitchen. And with that; white folk, eat up.

  2. Being from the south I can understand a lot of the culture and things. Some people take it too far but its not a total abomination by any means. it is a part of southern pride

  3. I knew as soon as I saw the title and with this subject that this was going to be controversial. Good ideas of things I have always thought about when it comes to the south and its culture. Glad you had the balls to write this

  4. Slavery in America isn’t the biggest holocaust in human history….by 1860 there were a total of 4 million slaves in the Americas versus the now estimated 16.5 million people killed in Nazi concentration camps.

    • Are counting just America or all the people who died on the way over to the Americas or the slaves in the Carribean as well? cause I am sure its wasy past 100 million

      • historians believe that 9 to 11 million people were taken out of African on slave ships. I am not by any means trying to say that one is worse than the other because in my opinion they are not comparable. Being forced from your home to work on a plantation is different than being forced from your home and marched into a gas chamber.

        • I went and looked at it was around 12 million who came over with 2 million dying on the way. Every where I have read says only 6 million were put in ovens how did you get 16.5 million killed? I am not comparing but lets just get the numbers correct

  5. Nice post, but I take exception at your use of the world “holocaust” in this context. As the daughter and granddaughter of Holocaust survivors, I feel obligated to point out to you the Merriam-Webster definition of the word:
    1 : a sacrifice consumed by fire
    2 : a thorough destruction involving extensive loss of life especially through fire
    3 a often capitalized : the mass slaughter of European civilians and especially Jews by the Nazis during World War II
    b : a mass slaughter of people; especially : genocide
    I am certainly not comparing the Holocaust to slavery. However, there is a clear distinction between annihilation and enslavement.
    Thanks for sharing your views.

    • I see where you are going but you are getting a bit nit picky to me about the idea of what a Holocaust is. Millions of people being taken forcibly to another place is a genocide of generational proportions. The Native Americans had the biggest Holocaust off you want to be 100% real

      • I agree, annihilation and genocide. In the Native American case, near forced extinction. Why nit pick about mass genocide…

    • The African Holocaust was spread over hundreds of years and it is a valid term used to explain what happened. The fact that you are attributing this Black experience to only enslavement is where you get it wrong. The term African Holocaust is also in reference to the Legacy of Slavery that exists (to this day) in the form of institutional racism, one aspect of which is what the case against Paula Deen is actually about, her mistreatment of her employees.

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  8. Yes her employees are supposed to be gearing up to file a lawsuit against her and hopefully they win. EEOC cases are the closest things we will ever have to reparations and these will be paid by the Plantation Princess herself. Not to mention that the recipes she is famous for sound like they were once stolen from the slave cooks anyway.

  9. Great post I’ve been making this point all week… the media has fixated on the n word not her actions which atevthe reas on she’s on trail to begin with.

  10. “This is where some people do not understand how people take some ideals of the southern culture as a slap in the face. The representation of the southern flag is like a swastika for the Jews”

    You said it right there, that’s it.

  11. “This is where some people do not understand how people take some ideals of the southern culture as a slap in the face. The representation of the southern flag is like a swastika for the Jews”

    Thank you for posting the REAL reason.

  12. Give me a break, what the hell is wrong with people?? Black say nigger all the time but that is OK, so a women says it in sentence and everyone is uptight!! Get a life and or stop say CRACKER, LOl Please people got better things to do!!

  13. Really. The biggest Holocaust in human history? What about the Jewish? Everyone forgets about what we did to native Americans and Japanese as well. Get over yourself. Oh we were slaves blah blah blah. Well at least we didn’t make you work, starve you to death, then murder you. We didn’t gather you up and march you halfway across the country did we or give you blankets with smallpox? Blacks in this county get scholarships and jobs soley because of there race. Last time I checked there was a black man in the white house. Get over it and move on. There are far more important things to worry about in this country than what a 60 yr old woman, from the south, said.

    • There is a biracial man in the White House and he is there to get back in the good graces with Africa. Don’t trade with the Chinese, let us fuck you!

  14. My understanding is that Paula Dean made her now infamous comment more than 20 years ago. It was a different world then and it was in the South where the term nigger was used rather loosely. Hasn’t everyone said something they would take back 20 years later. Did you know that the context of the remark was?. It was a private reference to a African-American bank robber that held a gun to her head. Couldn’t anyone be excused for such a comment under the circumstances. Finally, what about African-Americans who make racist remarks about whites. They do not get sanctioned like this. Our nation has lost its way regarding what is fair. The punishment no longer fits the crime.

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  16. Shut up! Do you people not see the real problem here? Instead of looking at which holocaust was worse, which was for the Africans because the time span was so much longer, the number is certainly higher, and people were being treated as property, not even humans for hundreds of years! You guys are ridiculous. Paula deen and her southern ways does not excuse her from being a total bitch and whatever she says is bs because she is racist!

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