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Time Magainze: The Food Network Should Give Paula Deen Back Her Job
Time Magazine ^ | John McWhorter associate professor of comparative literature Columbia University

Posted on 06/25/2013 5:07:30 PM PDT by drewh

People of her generation can neither change the past, nor completely escape their roots in it

Paula Deen grew up in Georgia. In the 1950's. Her world was the one depicted in The Help, in which black people’s status as lesser beings was casually assumed. So, who is really surprised that she has used the N word in her life? It would be downright strange if she hadn’t, and we can assume the same of pretty much any white Southerner of a certain age (not to mention more than a few Americans of other regions).

And yet the Food Network has fired her after revelations that Deen has been a normal person of her time and place, even though she has leveled no fewer than three public apologies.

So yes, she just might pop out with the N word in private in a heated moment. And yes, a certain part of her will see something vaguely nostalgic in the sight of black men as waiters. In this, she represents a transitional stage between the then and the now. Deen was already a 20-something when the old racist order broke down; her worldview had pretty much jelled by then. How could she have a perfectly egalitarian take on race growing up when and where she did?

People of Deen’s generation can neither change the past nor completely escape their roots in it, any more than the rest of us. They can apologize and mean it, as Deen seems to. They also deserve credit for owning up to past sins, as Deen did candidly when she could easily have, shall we say, whitewashed the matter.

Deen is old and she’s sorry. She should get her job back.

(Excerpt) Read more at ideas.time.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; News/Current Events; US: Georgia
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1 posted on 06/25/2013 5:07:30 PM PDT by drewh
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To: drewh
.. And forgive them ... as they have forgiven Paula Deen.
2 posted on 06/25/2013 5:08:45 PM PDT by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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To: drewh

who doesn’t think every black person has used that would a hundred times more than any white person has, toward other blacks, in any number of different ways?


3 posted on 06/25/2013 5:15:46 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Secret Agent Man

And when will whites no longer be referred to as “crackers?”


4 posted on 06/25/2013 5:17:21 PM PDT by henkster (The 0bama regime isn't a train wreck, it's a B 17 raid on the rail yard.)
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To: drewh

This weekend on payday I’m buying some Paula Dean kitchen knives. May not agree with the Obama supporter politically, but her firing was completely uncalled for.


5 posted on 06/25/2013 5:17:41 PM PDT by Domandred (Fdisk, format, and reinstall the entire .gov system.)
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To: drewh

Honestly- if saying the n word is bad because you are a white
but a non white can say it or if you are an elite white like Gwenetyh Palltrow or Paris Hilton you can say it.

People are so stupid a word is a word no matter who says it and to defend one person using it because they are black while condemning a white person is just ridiculous.


6 posted on 06/25/2013 5:19:45 PM PDT by funfan
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To: drewh
Damn hypocrites....I suspect there are some at Food Network who would not want to be held accountable for something they said or did 30 years ago. Thirty years ago the N word was sometimes used....mostly with malice.....blacks still use it today. Whites can be called damn anything and that is OK.
7 posted on 06/25/2013 5:21:29 PM PDT by True Grit
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To: henkster

Remember, only a white person can be a racist. That’s the rule and you better get used to it.


8 posted on 06/25/2013 5:23:05 PM PDT by Ben Mugged (The number one enemy of liberalism is reality.)
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To: drewh

Time-Lies-Warner-Turner. The parent company that keeps Bill Maher in paid employment on HBO and CNN.


9 posted on 06/25/2013 5:28:46 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: True Grit; Revolting cat!

The original report indicated she made jokes also about Jews and other groups.

I guess the perpetually bothered have a better activism committee. Everyone else’s complaint had to go to the back or under the bus.


10 posted on 06/25/2013 5:30:48 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: drewh
I keep thinking that Paula Deen would be perfectly redeemed if she adopted a rap by NWA as her TV theme music.

I have a particular selection, but prudence prevents me from being specific.
Actually I can provide a list of 100 to choose from; Not a white artist in the bunch.

11 posted on 06/25/2013 5:32:18 PM PDT by publius911 (Look for the Union label, then buy something else.)
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To: drewh

They’re only saying that now because suddenly everybody realizes she contributed to Democrats.


12 posted on 06/25/2013 5:33:24 PM PDT by Dogbert41 (Thy Kingdom come!)
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To: drewh

I wonder if the Columbia professor and Time magazine would be so forgiving if Deen wasn’t an Obama supporter.


13 posted on 06/25/2013 5:34:46 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males----the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization).)
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To: Domandred

“This weekend on payday I’m buying some Paula Dean kitchen knives.”

I’m not.

She supports Obama and the glutton Mooch.

Useful idiots abound around these parts.


14 posted on 06/25/2013 5:44:16 PM PDT by wolficatZ (Hey blue states....Got Food?)
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To: drewh
Ooooooohh.... "the N word."

Like we're a bunch of kindergarteners.

15 posted on 06/25/2013 5:58:12 PM PDT by Lizavetta (You get what you tolerate)
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To: Domandred

Unless Food Network puts her back to work, they’re history for me. Will never watch them again.


16 posted on 06/25/2013 6:01:36 PM PDT by lu shissler (an take his naiv)
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To: drewh

It’s appalling (1) that there can be such a thing as a word that can cost a person their career and (2) there is no statute of limitations on word crimes.


17 posted on 06/25/2013 6:06:29 PM PDT by grania
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To: grania
It’s appalling (1) that there can be such a thing as a word that can cost a person their career and (2) there is no statute of limitations on word crimes.

It depends on who you are.

We all understand that a Republican can't use that word.

We now know that a Paula Deen can't use that word.

And we also know that a Robert Byrd, a Democrat Senator and one-time Kleagle of the Ku Klux Klan, can use that word -- on national TV, no less, without consequences.

Had Paula Deen been a Democrat Congresswoman, rather than a liberal TV chef, she'd have passed muster.

18 posted on 06/25/2013 6:11:49 PM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
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To: henkster
And when will whites no longer be referred to as “crackers?”

Following the forced extract of teeth for people who say it.

19 posted on 06/25/2013 6:12:55 PM PDT by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: drewh

Oh, now they realize she’s a liberal.


20 posted on 06/25/2013 6:14:43 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: drewh

People don’t think twice at using God’s name in vain..........


21 posted on 06/25/2013 6:37:20 PM PDT by Coldwater Creek (")
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To: Coldwater Creek
People don’t think twice at using God’s name in vain..........

...and I would not agree to have someone fired as a result.
My God is a bigger person than, well, some groups.

22 posted on 06/25/2013 6:41:54 PM PDT by publius911 (Look for the Union label, then buy something else.)
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To: dfwgator

I figured that’s why they’re saying this about her. If she was a conservative, this would never happen.


23 posted on 06/25/2013 6:52:52 PM PDT by ReformationFan
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To: drewh

24 posted on 06/25/2013 9:26:57 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's next run. What'll you do?)
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To: drewh

Someone wants to take her down.


25 posted on 06/25/2013 11:44:41 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: drewh

I wrote to the network this morning as others should do the same. The link to their contact page is: http://www.foodnetwork.com/contact-us/package/index.html


26 posted on 06/26/2013 5:24:11 AM PDT by NDJeep
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To: drewh

The Obama lover got what she deserved!


27 posted on 06/26/2013 7:01:10 AM PDT by New Jersey Realist (America: home of the free because of the brave)
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To: funfan
People are so stupid a word is a word no matter who says it...

"Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me" say the old schoolyard rhyme.

Of course, that refereed to the damage caused TO me BY the words of others. The lesson being that I should ignore the cruel taunts of others.

But that was in the days before political correctness, race pimps and vulturine tort lawyers.

28 posted on 06/26/2013 7:17:09 AM PDT by BwanaNdege ("To learn who rules over you simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize"- Voltaire)
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To: drewh

Fairly good analysis, especially for a “pointy-headed Yankee professor from an Ivy covered Ivory Tower”. (How’s that for name calling!) /s

Just to corroborate his depiction of the cultural environment during Ms Deen’s formative years, consider “Aunt Fanny’s Cabin” in Smyrna, GA, one of Atlanta’s NW suburbs.

“Creative Loafing - Atlanta” had this to say in their 30th anniversary edition

“Milestones in political incorrectness
Aunt Fanny’s Cabin — This Smyrna Southern-cookin’ landmark dressed its black waitresses like Aunt Jemima and used little, barefoot “colored” boys to tote the menu — on chalk boards hung around their necks! So, so wrong. “

That is the PC evaluation.

They left out the part about these same boys tap dancing (IIRC, on the tables) after dinner. They made a killing in tips! I first had dinner at Aunt Fanny’s in about 1965. Best fried chicken EVAH!

Here is an objective description of Aunt Fanny’s:

“History of Aunt Fanny’s Cabin

The Smyrna Welcome Center was once a world-famous, Southern-themed restaurant named Aunt Fanny’s Cabin. The restaurant, which closed in 1994, was located a few miles away on Campbell Road just north of the railroad bridge.

In 1941 Isoline Campbell MacKenna converted an existing 1890s-era cabin on her property to a country store to sell preserves and produce grown and produced on her farm. She soon began selling soup and other foods prepared from the recipes of her family’s retired cook - Fanny Williams.

Demand for the prepared foods grew and in the early 1940’s a brick floored terrace room was added and the restaurant, named Aunt Fanny’s Cabin, opened.

By 1945 the restaurant had established itself as “a place to eat and be seen” and attracted famous celebrities from around the world.

The restaurant served authentic Southern-style food, America’s oldest recognized cuisine, in a rustic environment. During its day, it was considered quite expensive. It was expanded several times over the years and eventually seated 800 customers.

During its five decades of operation, the restaurant was visited by movie stars, sports figures, politicians and other celebrities who not only signed the guest book, but left behind many autographed photos that graced the walls”

http://www.smyrnahistory.org/_welcomecenter.htm

Those “autographed photos” included folks from all parts of the USA, not just “a bunch a racist Southern rednecks”. These were the times of Amos & Andy, Jack Benny & Rochester, Buckwheat and the Little Rascals. All national figures, created in that most liberal bastion of Hollywood, loved and applauded by Yankees & Southerners.


29 posted on 06/26/2013 7:55:43 AM PDT by BwanaNdege ("To learn who rules over you simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize"- Voltaire)
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To: drewh
Interesting fellow, this John McWhorter

John McWhorter is an associate professor of English and comparative literature at Columbia University. He earned his PhD in linguistics from Stanford University in 1993 and became associate professor of linguistics at UC Berkeley after teaching at Cornell University. He was senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute from 2002 until 2010.

He is the author of What Language Is (and What It Isn’t and What It Could Be), The Power of Babel: A Natural History of Language, Doing Our Own Thing: The Degradation of Language and Music in America and Why We Should, Like, Care and Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue: Untold Stories in the History of English, as well as Authentically Black, Winning the Race: Beyond the Crisis in Black America, and All About the Beat: Why Hip Hop Can’t Save Black America.

He is also contributing editor for The New Republic, columnist for The New York Daily News and has been contributing editor at TheRoot.com and City Journal

Read more: http://ideas.time.com/contributor/john-mcwhorter/#ixzz2XKrPLK8M

30 posted on 06/26/2013 8:17:33 AM PDT by BwanaNdege ("To learn who rules over you simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize"- Voltaire)
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To: drewh

The news media latched onto this latest PR scandal as THE reason why Paula Deen’s contract wasn’t renewed. What gets me is that so many people are so blindly taking that and running with it. Paula has been a PR disaster for the last few years and her ratings have been dropping (the real reason she’s been let go, the other stuff is collateral damage).


31 posted on 06/26/2013 9:22:06 AM PDT by Excuse_My_Bellicosity (Liberalism is a social disease.)
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To: Secret Agent Man

I don’t just “think”, I know. I wish I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard the word come out of a black person’s mouth. I’m talking about dozens of times a day, and it would have been hundreds of times if I’d sat out in my yard facing the store corner.

The n-word was mild stuff compared to “m-f” and many other filthy expressions, coming out of the mouths of young and old alike, and even 6-year-olds; sometimes directed at their own parents.


32 posted on 06/26/2013 3:32:15 PM PDT by floralamiss ("For the sake of His sorrowful passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.")
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity

Oh, I didn’t know that. I assumed she was still getting high ratings. She’s branched-out into all kinds of diversified businesses. I was shopping for living room furniture recently, and I kept seeing her furniture line. It wasn’t cheap stuff, and some of it was very nicely made. She’s not a favorite, but it’s sad to see someone persecuted to their fall for the sake of liberal jollies.


33 posted on 06/26/2013 3:42:34 PM PDT by floralamiss ("For the sake of His sorrowful passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.")
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To: floralamiss

Yes, here’s the WSJ story on Paula’s ratings drop. Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, and George Clooney have proven that high revenues and good reviews cure all kinds of ills. But when the balance sheet goes negative (or not enough in the black), that’s when people get axed: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323998604578567832751771860.html?mod=business_newsreel


34 posted on 06/26/2013 4:15:52 PM PDT by Excuse_My_Bellicosity (Liberalism is a social disease.)
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity

Wow, that is a slide. Looks like the Food Channel has been infected with Reality TV like most other channels. Did I hear rightly that Smithfield has been bought by a Chinese company? I just can’t keep up. Think I’ll go cook something.


35 posted on 06/26/2013 4:29:10 PM PDT by floralamiss ("For the sake of His sorrowful passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.")
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To: floralamiss

Most of these big corporations are headed by liberal CEO’s, or maybe by a couple of more conservative CEO’s that are afraid of Obama’s thugs, so they will take down a liberal woman in order that the taint of her being a racist for remarks she made 30 years ago won’t rub off on their business.

Paula Deen is also a target as she looks and speaks like an old fashioned, folksy southern cracker type. That blond poofy hair, those bright blue eyes, that southern drawl. With a brother nicknamed Bubba. She reeks of southern wasp, must be prejudiced, must be taken down. And all the liberal jerks are getting off on it. Maybe Paula Deen better sit down and figure out who her friends really are, and it ain’t the liberal Dems. They have hung her out to dry:


36 posted on 06/28/2013 12:24:08 AM PDT by flaglady47 (When the gov't fears the people, liberty; When the people fear the gov't, tyranny.)
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To: Lizavetta
Burns my butt too. Childish nonsense, part of the infantilzation of Americans.
37 posted on 06/28/2013 1:46:16 AM PDT by metesky (Brethren, leave us go amongst them! - Rev. Capt. Samuel Johnston Clayton - Ward Bond, The Searchers)
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To: flaglady47

I think it’s a combination. If her ratings were sky-high, I don’t think the food network would have dropped her so precipitously. But you are correct. She represents the old ‘50’s and ‘60s South, and the lib’s in the industry are getting their r—cks off by torturing her publicly, something they do so well.

I think she’s handled it miserably. I would have taken my millions, told them where to put it (especially that ABC creep, Matt whathisname) , and gone off to enjoy the good life with the people who really count: my family. She’s out of control and repeatedly giving the lib’s exactly what they hoped for: an emotional breakdown followed by the obscene spectacle of weepy groveling at their feet.

In her heyday, she taped an entire show at Jimmy Carter’s house. At one point, I thought she was going to climb into his lap and lick him like an all-day sucker. It was an embarrassing display of “hero” worship. While Carter’s wife looked on, they went into his kitchen and whipped up a favorite dish or two. Ick. Yes, I have a cast-iron stomach.

I doubt she’s truly political, and probably blows where the wind blows. But it must be excruciatingly painful to watch liberal “friends” in an industry where there are so many, turn away; especially over something so completely asinine.


38 posted on 06/28/2013 6:41:40 AM PDT by floralamiss ("For the sake of His sorrowful passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.")
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To: floralamiss

“I would have taken my millions, told them where to put it”

I think the reason she is grovelling is because she has two sons who have joined her in the family business, and she wants to save her legacy to pass down to them. They will become the unfortunate collateral damage from all of this flack. If I were her, I’d go underground for a while, and resurface later, slowly but surely, after the initial furor is over and the liberal attack on her settles down. But if I were Paula Deen, I’d figure out who my friends really are, and it ain’t the Libs by a long shot.


39 posted on 06/28/2013 8:23:16 PM PDT by flaglady47 (When the gov't fears the people, liberty; When the people fear the gov't, tyranny.)
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To: flaglady47

Any move is better than the one she has chosen. IMHO, she’s only adding to the damage. At least her sons are in their 40’s and the family is wealthy. Perhaps, she should have dismissed her attackers; then used your tactic and taken a nice, long breather; after which, if she chose, struck out in a new direction. I don’t believe any, but the most die-hard fans, are interested in watching the Deens bake a chicken, but I don’t think that’s necessarily all her fault.


40 posted on 06/28/2013 8:47:49 PM PDT by floralamiss ("For the sake of His sorrowful passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.")
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