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Paula Deen on Using N-Word: Those Were Different Times
People ^ | 06/20/2013 | KATHY EHRICH DOWD

Posted on 06/20/2013 12:15:42 PM PDT by nickcarraway

Paula Deen is again defending herself after an admission went public this week about her past use of the N-word.

The celebrity chef has come under fire after a newly filed deposition revealed that she used the widely condemned racial slur years earlier.

On Wednesday, her lawyer released a statement that said the Food Network star "does not condone or find the use of racial epithets acceptable." A day later, Paula Deen Enterprises released a new statement echoing that position.

"During a deposition where she swore to tell the truth, Ms. Deen recounted having used a racial epithet in the past, speaking largely about a time in American history which was quite different than today," reads the statement given to PEOPLE. "She was born 60 years ago, when America's South had schools that were segregated, different bathrooms, different restaurants and Americans rode in different parts of the bus. This is not today."

(Excerpt) Read more at people.com ...


TOPICS: Food; History; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: deen; nword; pauladeen; slur

1 posted on 06/20/2013 12:15:42 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

A good commie lib DemocRAT would have just said, “I don’t recall ever using that word.” That would have been the end of it.


2 posted on 06/20/2013 12:21:14 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (23,116,441 households on Food Stamps! Now that's what I call HISTORICAL!!!)
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To: nickcarraway

Oh good grief. People are making waaaaaaaaay too much out of this. When I first heard about this on a late night talk show last night, you’d think she was saying the n-word frequently and recently.

She told the truth in a court of law when she was under oath to do so.

She said one of the times she did it was in describing a bank robber who robbed a bank where she was working as a young woman and whom held a gun to her temple during the robbery.

If I’m not mistaken, this episode caused her to get severe agoraphobia for years, where she was too fretful to even leave her home much.

It is apparently nothing she did with frequency and NOT something she has done recently.


3 posted on 06/20/2013 12:25:53 PM PDT by Winstons Julia (Hello OWS? We don't need a revolution like China's; China needs a revolution like OURS.)
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To: nickcarraway
Blacks don't even respect themselves enough to quit using The N-Word!

...or cry me a Double-Standard river!

4 posted on 06/20/2013 12:26:01 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Exactly. On the one hand, people want white folks to recognize that there was a time down south when things were way less than harmonious, and that white people used offensive slang to describe black folks.

Deen confirms that this is true, but says that she has evolved...and it’s some huge scandal.


5 posted on 06/20/2013 12:27:51 PM PDT by Winstons Julia (Hello OWS? We don't need a revolution like China's; China needs a revolution like OURS.)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Exactly. On the one hand, people want white folks to recognize that there was a time down south when things were way less than harmonious, and that white people used offensive slang to describe black folks.

Deen confirms that this is true, but says that she has evolved...and it’s some huge scandal.


6 posted on 06/20/2013 12:28:01 PM PDT by Winstons Julia (Hello OWS? We don't need a revolution like China's; China needs a revolution like OURS.)
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To: nickcarraway

I’ll care about an irrelevant white celebrity using a racist term when black leaders and the mainstream media care about the much more dangerous and seemingly endless number of racist “teen” attacks on innocent white people.


7 posted on 06/20/2013 12:28:35 PM PDT by NotYourAverageDhimmi
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Geez...these people are picking the fly shit out of the pepper. Ms. Jackson is looking for $$$


8 posted on 06/20/2013 12:29:11 PM PDT by BubbaJunebug
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To: nickcarraway

“I don’t recall”

Whatever.


9 posted on 06/20/2013 12:31:09 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: nickcarraway

Yawn


10 posted on 06/20/2013 12:35:47 PM PDT by Neoliberalnot (Marxism works well only with the uneducated and the unarmed.)
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To: nickcarraway

“1957..58...It was a different time then...”
~Suitcase Jefferson


11 posted on 06/20/2013 12:39:15 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: NotYourAverageDhimmi
I’ll care about an irrelevant white celebrity using a racist term when black leaders and the mainstream media care about the much more dangerous and seemingly endless number of racist “teen” attacks on innocent white people.

Ah, but what makes you think that there are any INNOCENT white people? Just like to a Muslim, there are no innocent Infidels!

12 posted on 06/20/2013 12:45:09 PM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed &water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: nickcarraway
Chris Rock - Nigga Please Cereal
13 posted on 06/20/2013 12:46:18 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: nickcarraway

Well did she go on TV and say it over and over like every black comic on the comendy channel stand up does?


14 posted on 06/20/2013 12:49:00 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: nickcarraway

Seems to be much ado about nothing.


15 posted on 06/20/2013 12:56:09 PM PDT by MamaB
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To: nickcarraway

Gee, I wonder if Robert Byrd ever used tha word. Or Billy-Jeff Clinton?

Naw, they’re good Democrats...


16 posted on 06/20/2013 12:59:14 PM PDT by DJ Frisat ((optional, printed after my name on post))
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To: nickcarraway

She’s also a big “Rat


17 posted on 06/20/2013 1:00:23 PM PDT by njslim (St)
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To: nickcarraway

I recall it being part of everyday language.


18 posted on 06/20/2013 1:03:15 PM PDT by faucetman ( Just the facts, ma'am, Just the facts)
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To: DJ Frisat

I don’t specifically remember an instance where they said Bill Clinton used it, but his brother Roger definitely. However, Bill’s mentor was Orval Faubus.


19 posted on 06/20/2013 1:03:22 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

I’ll never understand why’’ people of color’’ will call themselves ‘’people of color’’. Call them ‘’colored people’’ and you’re a racist.


20 posted on 06/20/2013 1:08:39 PM PDT by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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To: Tijeras_Slim

I saw what you did there.

The Old Negro Space Program
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6xJzAYYrX8


21 posted on 06/20/2013 1:15:09 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: nickcarraway

I can’t produce details, but I do recall reading accusations that Clinton did. Given that he was a male and kind of a Southerner, it’s not much of a stretch to think that he used it at some time in his life.

And it also serves the purpose as an illustration of how stupid the whole thing is — condemning someone and suggesting that it’s somehow a reflection on his/her soul or character for uttering a word, no matter how long ago or at what age it was done. Especially when it’s done with political-motivation to smear.


22 posted on 06/20/2013 1:17:56 PM PDT by DJ Frisat ((optional, printed after my name on post))
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To: Winstons Julia

Even in the “north” the N word was used frequently.

grade school kids in the 70’s - “Eeenie meanie miney mo catch a...


23 posted on 06/20/2013 1:22:35 PM PDT by Triple (Socialism denies people the right to the fruits of their labor, and is as abhorrent as slavery)
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To: Triple

I agree ... but ... with a caveat. I was a grade school kid in the 70’s... we always said, “Catch a tiger...” I never heard it the other way.


24 posted on 06/20/2013 1:23:59 PM PDT by Winstons Julia (Hello OWS? We don't need a revolution like China's; China needs a revolution like OURS.)
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To: dfwgator

I threw in the “Suitcase Jefferson” as a hint, but I doubt it was necessary knowing FReepers.


25 posted on 06/20/2013 1:31:18 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: DJ Frisat

LBJ did and gave us the “Great Society”...


26 posted on 06/20/2013 1:44:48 PM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: Resolute Conservative

Oh, yeah — as I recall, aren’t there tapes with LBJ saying it? It was supposedly a regular part of his vocabulary.

Again, pretty much a sign-of-the-times, but still punishable by my standard of ‘If you’re gonna make it a big deal about my guy for saying it, I’m gonna make a big deal about your guy, too!’


27 posted on 06/20/2013 1:51:41 PM PDT by DJ Frisat ((optional, printed after my name on post))
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To: nickcarraway

So what that Paula Deen said the word ‘nigger’? Turn on any rap radio station and you hear it all day long. I don’t get why anyone pays any attention to the PC crowd on this. As long as they keep using it on the radio I really don’t care if anyone else does.


28 posted on 06/20/2013 2:11:37 PM PDT by MeganC (A gun is like a parachute. If you need one, and don't have one, you'll never need one again.)
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To: nickcarraway

I imagine Mrs. Deen was quite niggardly in her use of the offensive “n-word”....!!


29 posted on 06/20/2013 3:26:25 PM PDT by Tommygun99 (Liberalism is a mental disorder.)
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To: Tijeras_Slim

The Old Negro Space Program! In 1957 if you were black and an astronaut, you were out of work!

http://trutube.tv/video/2571/THE-OLD-NEGRO-SPACE-PROGRAM


30 posted on 06/20/2013 5:20:20 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: nickcarraway

One would kind of expect to hear the N-word used in any restaurant that had Uncle Bubba’s on its neon sign just as one would expect to hear n-word as well as the word honky at Uncle Leroy’s BBQ Ribs.


31 posted on 06/20/2013 5:32:21 PM PDT by metafugitive
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To: TexasCajun

Anyone familiar with international travel will vouch that the n-word is often used at watering holes in international airports.


32 posted on 06/20/2013 6:18:18 PM PDT by 353FMG ( I do not say whether I am serious or sarcastic -- I respect FReepers too much.)
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To: nickcarraway

So what?


33 posted on 06/20/2013 6:19:49 PM PDT by Altura Ct.
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

*Finally* a *real* issue to cover nonstop. The Partisan Media Shills are relieved.

Thanks nickcarraway.


34 posted on 06/21/2013 4:52:34 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (McCain or Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: 353FMG
It's almost as if most Blacks like using the derogatory term within their own race. ...most seem do it, imitating their mentors.
35 posted on 06/21/2013 7:38:34 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: nickcarraway

Somebody needs to put together a picture of Reginald Denny getting the shit beat out of him during the LA riots with the caption, “not racists” and a picture of Paula Deen beside it with the caption “racist.” I would do it but I don’t know how....


36 posted on 06/21/2013 12:09:21 PM PDT by tuffydoodle (Shut up voices, or I'll poke you with a Q-Tip again.)
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To: Winstons Julia

Absolutely disgusting, and I’m not talking about “that word”. Rather the way it is demogogued as the absolute worst thing one can ever possibly say!

It’s absurd!

Think about it - what is the ONLY WORD today that is treated as absolutely off-limits? Even here we’re scared to death to write it?

Used to be the F-word was at least as bad, but now it’s peppered EVERYWHERE in pop culture and FAR too much in “regular people” speak in your town!

All cuss words used to be condemned, but now it’s all OK.

As for “racial epithets”, while there are certain words for various races that are frowned upon, NONE will get you punished like “the N-word”!

Hey, BTW, go ahead, call me cracker, whitey, honkey (see - I could write that). No big deal. I know you might be insulting me but I’m not going to put you on the TV news.

As if this was bigger than someone’s murder. Geesh. Absurdistan indeed.


37 posted on 06/21/2013 12:16:29 PM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: the OlLine Rebel

“All cuss words used to be condemned, but now it’s all OK.”

I remember when my mom would say “shoot fire and save matches” in her angriest tone, and I thought that was cussin’.

It was worse if one of my friends heard her say it...so any type of cussin’ still makes me cringe (I raised 2 boys and I’m almost cringe-proof).

But it does seem to be a different time now when ANY kind of talk ANYWHERE is okay.


38 posted on 06/21/2013 12:33:35 PM PDT by Heart of Georgia
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To: the OlLine Rebel

Hmmmm, I was just doing my homework on Miss Paula Deen, it seems that she is a pro-gay marriage liberalDemocrat that voted for Obama. She’ll get no support from me.


39 posted on 06/21/2013 12:36:01 PM PDT by tuffydoodle (Shut up voices, or I'll poke you with a Q-Tip again.)
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To: nickcarraway

Her apology was over the top, just ridiculous. So she lost her contract with Food Network, will never work again and will forever wear a red “N” in the middle of her forehead. Lois Lerner and other IRS employees have discriminated against whites via the tea party, (make no mistake that is precisely what it is) they are on paid administrative leave, or keeping their jobs with no ramifications and many are getting bonuses.


40 posted on 06/21/2013 2:10:10 PM PDT by Toespi
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To: nickcarraway
I just send a note to Food Network saying good bye.
Their fake political correctness is exactly the same peer pressure that Deen succumbed to back in the day. I wouldn't stand for it then, and I won't stand for it now.
41 posted on 06/21/2013 2:23:16 PM PDT by oldbrowser (We have a rogue government in Washington)
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To: FlingWingFlyer
A good commie lib DemocRAT would have just said...

Not likely a 'commie' but she is a big Obama a$$ kisser.

Her politics cause me to yawn at her problems. Y'all

42 posted on 06/21/2013 3:26:06 PM PDT by Vinnie
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To: the OlLine Rebel

If I was asked in court right now. “Have you used the word “nigger” in conversation lately?” I would have to say, “Yes.”

If asked the context, I would have to say, “Yesterday I had a serious discussion with someone about Paula Deen’s use of the word “nigger”. We discussed the differences between saying “nigger” in 1950 and saying “nigger” now. We discussed the problem WITH hurling the word “nigger” when it is used with malice...as a hateful thing to do. We discussed the use of the black community’s attempts to reclaim the word “nigger” as something some of them say to each other with a level of pride and respect. We discussed the ample use of the word “nigger” in rap music. We discussed the fact that some prominent black people have beseeched younger generations NOT to use the word “nigger” as it is a disrespectful epithet. We discussed whether and how words have power.

In short, I had an interesting and relevant discussion about the use of the word “nigger” based on a news story about a white woman testifying in court that she had occasionally, in her past, used the word “nigger.”

I sure hope no one sues me for racism in the near future. It’ll be complicated testimony.


43 posted on 06/21/2013 7:21:50 PM PDT by Winstons Julia (Hello OWS? We don't need a revolution like China's; China needs a revolution like OURS.)
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Speech enforcement on this term perpetuates the sense of inferiority it’s meant to redress. It’s a variant on affirmative action, welfare, quotas, pity. It can be a disparaging term, but its censorship is a greater handicap than the potential offense of its expression.


44 posted on 06/21/2013 11:16:30 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: nickcarraway

I wonder if the use of the “N” word 40 years ago is the real reason for her dismissal, maybe it was an excuse.

she may not be the nicest person to be around,

We had a senator in congress that belonged to the KKK, saying something seems much less egregious. Not sure any of us would want to be defined by what we said so many years ago.


45 posted on 06/22/2013 10:02:24 AM PDT by Burlem
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