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Paula Deen's fall from grace

Updated on June 29, 2013

Paula Deen

Paula Deen and a river of tears - Raised to believe everyone is equal -Georgia native.

Todays Matt Lauer asked Paula Deen if she was a racist. Paula Deen replied: "No. I believe that everyone of God's creatures was created equal. I believe that everyone should be treated equal, that's the way I was raised and that's the way I live my life."

First she mentioned using the "N" word years ago, then she mentioned she used the "N" word a few years ago when robbed by an African American man.

When do you defend racist comments by justifying yourself? During the interview Paula Deen was asked if she was aware that African-Americans found the "N" word offensive.

"It's very distressing for me to go into my kitchens and hear what these young people are calling each's very distressing for me. I think for this problem to be worked on, that these young people are gonna have to take control and start showing respect for each other." First Paula Deen goes from racist jokes and differential treatment for staff members working at her restaurant to healing the social ills of various cultures/ethnicities.

Okay, talk about deflecting attention away from yourself and avoiding accountability for your actions. F.Y.I. Paula Deen - waterworks is not an explanation nor does it invoke sympathy. The tears were genuine; regarding the money she is losing, but not for the allegations.

After her interview, which most likely resulted from her lack of humility and ability to begin rebuilding a positive image; she lost 6 more companies. Food Network will not renew her contract and the following sponsors will pull her products in the future: Wal-Mart, Target, Home Depot, QVC, and Sears.

Let us review the issue(s) that landed Paula Deen in hot water.

The issue: 1.2 Million Dollar lawsuit filed against Paula Deen and her brother Earl "Bubba" Biers by Lisa Jackson. Lisa Jackson is a former manager of a restaurant owned by Paula Deen and her brother Bubba. The person that filed the lawsuit is a caucasian female. Racism and sexual harassment were the basis for the lawsuit. (Keep in mind this is recent activity, not from 30 years ago.) Deen allegedly approached this former employee about organizing a "True Southern Wedding" with an all black wait staff wearing white shirts and black pants. Paula Deen allegedly commented: "You know in the Shirley Temple days, they used to tap dance around." The lawsuit also states black restaurant staff members are required to use only rear restrooms at the Uncle Bubba's restaurant.

Now that sounds like equal treatment and respecting everyone as an individual; doesn't it?

Paula Deen mentioned she was taught to treat everyone as equals. While we all know the history and present condition of the south, particularly Georgia where people are just now celebrating the first integrated prom in 2013 in Wilcox County, GA.

The south has a history and it's smile and act sweet while you orchestrate racism, regionalism, and differential treatment. If you don't understand what I mean watch the movie "The Help" because the southern tradition reveals how people can act in one way and personify themselves completely different in front of others.

Paula Deen has an interesting philosophy for someone born in Albany, GA in the year 1947. Amazing that she was taught to treat people as equals. Paula Deen was born in Albany, GA; a city founded by Nelson Tift. Nelson Tift was a man known for his "pro slavery attitudes before and his support for segregation afterward."

Let us not forget that Paula Deen has exemplified character flaws that revealed she is definitely focused on her own objectives. It was not too long ago that the world learned that Paula Deen's southern dishes and favorites were not helpful with her diabetes situation. We learned that Paula Deen suffered from type 2 diabetes; but the fact that she hid this issue and continued to promote food that, on a regular basis, would destroy anyone's health -interesting. While promoting such dishes as lasagna with seven cheeses, you would think she would have began her career with southern dishes that delight but are healthy for you.

Paula Deen leaves me speechless. There are several questions I would love to ask her but I feel she represents a culture of tradition where the "N" word and treating "certain people" with different treatment is accepted as normal. When someone brings the situation to light you suddenly cry tears and advise you will not mention all the good things you have done for people of color. Shortly after making that statement you name drop, i.e. mention Jesse Jackson (civil/equal right leader) as someone who supports you. Have we witnessed this explanation before? The explanation: I'm not a racist; I have a African American/Hispanic/Asian associate or friend. Hypocrisy and lies as a tradition is a horrible way to live your life.

Paula Deen acts as if someone is persecuting her for past actions of decades ago, when the reality is that she is being brought up on charges, along with her brother, for recent actions. The fact that someone who is not of color filed the lawsuit reveals how offensive the behavior, mentality, and sexual harassment must have been in that environment says quite a bit. Save the tears and get real Paula Deen. Paula Deen you have a lot of work to do.

Paula Deen commented: "I is what I is." Why would someone use such an ignorant, unintelligent phrase such as that? I wondered if she was attempting, like so my people do, to identify with a group or culture. (Rumor has it her comments are part of a racist joke regarding the ethnicity of God.) When Paula Deen uttered this phrase I was thinking you can't believe this is appropriate conversation or comments such as these would allow the public to believe anything differently about the actions of you and your brother regarding this lawsuit?

SIDEBAR pet peeve(Offensive action)

While having a perfectly intelligent conversation people have a habit of trying to "ethnically identify" by speaking ignorantly. The deliberate use of low class slang/conversation to an intelligent individual which is EXTREMELY OFFENSIVE. If you recognize others as individuals and I've spoken to you with complete intelligence and then you as a non-minority feel the need to ghetto speak to "identify" - I'm offended. More importantly it reveals how obsessed the person is with color, who make the comment, because there is no need to change your dialect or feel minorities "all talk a certain way" when the person you are addressing has never uttered speech along the lines of you comments.

When Paula Deen uttered this phrase I was thinking you can't believe this is appropriate conversation or comments such as these would allow the public to believe anything differently about the actions of you and your brother regarding this lawsuit?

Good luck Paula Deen with that weak and tired explanation for your actions and that 1.2 Million dollar lawsuit. It's cheaper to treat people with dignity and respect as equals rather than treating people differently. If you are a person raised in a different time era and you have had the opportunity to experience all different ethnicities and cultures but you still feed the need to make differences in individuals and perpetuate racist actions then be prepared to pay the price. People are individuals and each person should be judged on the content of their hearts and their actions and not the color of their skin. Making differences based on gender or race is unacceptable.


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      realtalk247 4 years ago

      ThelmaC........all I can say is I was shocked when she hid her type 2 diabetes and continued promoting cooking tips with fat on top of fat. I'm am unaware of her going on the show and perhaps advising "you can't eat like this everyday but" or "make sure you exercise and eat more vegetables to balance your diet." That type of behavior exhibits the fact that she is willing to benefit to others detriment.

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      Thelma Raker Coffone 4 years ago from Blue Ridge Mountains, USA

      I have never liked Paula Deen and I am from Georgia. Just curious RealTalk what you thought about her before this incident?

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      Phoebe Pike 4 years ago

      Racism is alive and well and I can't believe J. Jackson is actually running to her aid saying "She can change!"... I'm sorry, but hate is hate. She can learn to accept others, but it is pretty clear she has her own ideas of what she considers "equal".