Isn't the very idea that some people are allowed to use certain words and others are not actually a bit racist? How black does one have to be to use the n word? How Italian does one have to be, or Jewish or any other race or ethnicity or religion?
When a white person says it, it comes off as at worst racist and at best ignorant and dated. When a black person says it, it comes across as incredibly coarse. You won't catch Condoleezza Rice or Cory Booker using it.
As for Paula Deen, her alleged wrongful treatment of her black and female employees goes far beyond the use of one word.
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But what is being alleged is that she has shown prejudice against employees over a long period time. (ie only whites and lighter skinned people given server responsibilities, while darker skinned employees stay in the back). That shows an intent to discriminate, that people are being given positions based on skin color, not skills and hard work. That's plain wrong, and certainly, if true, justifiable grounds for the lawsuit. What she might have done as an employer bothers me much more anything she might have said.
That old saying sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never harm me isn't apparently the whole case with regards to Paula, I'm afraid. FunnyBut, I agree. What she may have done as an employer bothers me much more than the name calling.
I know in my dad's case, it really didn't bother him one way or the other about the name calling. He just actually let it go through one ear and out the other because of the kind of a person he really was - which IMO, he was a very decent, intelligent and wise man. My dad didn't think twice about going out into the mine field and saving the Sergeant. Apparently, it did open the Sergeant's eyes to what he had done, and he regretted his actions. The best thing of all was that they became very good friends.
“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” ~ Thomas A. Edison
But back to my question - how does one qualify to use such words? The world is pretty mixed up - most people aren't pure anything - so how black or Italian or Jewish or anything else do you need to be to be "allowed" to use these words?
At the conclusion of Paula's interview with Matt, she said, "I is what I is, and I'm not changing."
What a PR nightmare. The world HAS changed, Paula. See Ya!
Deen needs to do what Anthony Weiner did. Go away for a while and then try again in a couple of years.
Are non-African Americans really trying to qualify who can use the n-word?
"How you treat the weak is
Your true nature calling" -- Jane's Addiction
Paula Deen is not a racist:
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Walmart has just dropped her. I don't know what her people thought they were doing by letting her do this interview because it seems to have just made things worse.