Deen comments latest example of society’s intolerance
June 25, 2013 11:44 PM | 2020 views | 9 9 comments | 65 65 recommendations | email to a friend | print
DEAR EDITOR:

Sometimes I can’t comprehend why our society has become so intolerant. The latest example is Paula Deen’s acknowledgement that in her past she used the word “(n-----)” to refer to a Negro who had robbed her. Paula Deen is a woman born in Albany, Ga., and raised in the South during the pre-(desegregation) era. She was not of the “landed gentry.” She alone supported herself and her children with no help from the federal government.

I, likewise, am a Southerner and a few years older than Ms. Deen. Fifty years ago I don’t recall any white person ever referring to a black person that he did not know in any way other than “that (n-----).” The word was not derogatory. It was simply the word used by most Southerners for “Negro.”

In the early 1960s things began to change. Segregation of schools, restaurants, bathrooms and the law prohibiting miscegenation were declared unconstitutional, and the South was forced to alter its existence. Even the age-old reference to the black race was declared by the Eastern elite and Hollywood establishment to be racist. Now, it was only acceptable to refer to the Negro as a black man or as a hyphenated person; an African-American, even though the Negro still referred to his brother as “that (n-----)” and named one of its many charities “The United Negro College Fund.”

Back to Ms. Deen: It makes me sick that she apologized on national television for her heritage. She has done nothing wrong. The idiots who own Food Network are perfect examples of the spineless segment of our country that are ruled by their perception of political correctness.

I know that in the end everything will be made right since Jesse Jackson (the self-appointed spokesman for the Negro race) and the epitome of truthfulness, integrity, Christian principles and marital fidelity, is about to investigate Paula Deen.

Ain’t life grand!

Jean E. Johnson Jr.

Marietta
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anonymous
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June 28, 2013
Hilarious. Society is "intolerant" because you can't use the N-word like the good old days.

Johnson's racist commentary aside, Deen is a public figure who sells products to everyone. Her use of this offensive slur is part of a public legal proceeding. Black people buy her products so they have a right to know how Deen actually regards them. By carrying her products, retailers get tarred with the same brush, so good-bye Walmart, Target, etc.

Nice knowin' ya Paula.
Pat H
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June 28, 2013
Why did everyone forgive or forget that the Obamas sat in with Rev. Wright for 20 years while he cursed America?

Seems like racial discrimination is believed to be just a one way street.
Too funny
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June 27, 2013
To say the word was not historically derogatory is to admit to an almost obscene (and self-serving) historical ignorance. Also, there is no such thing as a "negro race" and clearly you, Jean, using it as folk taxonomy, are a throwback to the shameful New South racism most educated southerners have left far behind. I suggest you either catch up with us or self-censor your letters; your bigotry is showing.
Racists in our mist
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June 27, 2013
ME PC.: One what? And tell us why you are not a racist?
ME, PC? NOT!
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June 29, 2013
And what if I am? Sorry if the truth hurts.
Bigot Basher
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July 02, 2013
What if you are? Then you're a pathetic excuse for a person. And I'm not sorry if the truth hurts.
smoke/fire
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June 27, 2013
Her story is "evolving" and one wonders why anyone would believe the latest incarnation. And to put your name and show ones ignorance is hard to understand.
ME, PC? NOT!
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June 26, 2013
One robbed my home too...and I used the same word as well! No apologies here.
East Cobber
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June 26, 2013
Jean, everything you say is true, the rest of the world looks down at Southerners as dumb bumpkins, and we continue to reinforce their views. Paula is not the problem, Bubba is; she should have distanced herself from him as soon the law suit was filed; but, he's family...
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