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  Well...she seem pretty upset on Today's show this morning.  But that's because company after company is dropping her as a representative of their products.  As I said I heard with my own ears...things that she may not consider racist but is.  She appears to be clueless.  So I KNOW she's gonna be looking at her black friends like Oprah....to stand with her.   Watch.  This should be very interesting as it unfolds.  But!

Wal-Mart just dropped Paula!!!

 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...-deen_n_3505258.html

 

Walmart Cuts Ties With Paula Deen

By ANNE D'INNOCENZIO 06/26/13 04:58 PM ET EDT AP

 

NEW YORK — Paula Deen lost another chunk of her empire on Wednesday.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. announced that it has ended its relationship with the Southern celebrity chef, part of the continuing fallout in the wake of revelations that she used racial slurs in the past. The world's largest retailer, based in Bentonville, Ark., currently carries a variety of products under her moniker, including food items, cookware and health and wellness products, at all of its 4,000 U.S. namesake stores. The retailer began selling her merchandise several years ago.

"We will not place new orders beyond those already committed," said Dave Tovar, a Wal-Mart spokesman. "We will work with suppliers to address existing inventories and agreements."

Tovar said the retailer is still working through the details with suppliers.

The severed ties with Wal-Mart are the latest blow to Deen's business. Meanwhile, Paula Deen's name is being stripped from four buffet restaurants owned by Caesars. Caesars said Wednesday that its decision to rebrand its restaurants in Joliet, Ill.; Tunica, Miss.; Cherokee, N.C.; and Elizabether, Ind., was a mutual one with Deen.

Originally Posted by Kocolicious:

  Well...she seem pretty upset on Today's show this morning.  But that's because company after company is dropping her as a representative of their products.  As I said I heard with my own ears...things that she may not consider racist but is.  She appears to be clueless.  So I KNOW she's gonna be looking at her black friends like Oprah....to stand with her.   Watch.  This should be very interesting as it unfolds.  But!

 

 

she probably felt like she was getting poorer by the minute.  

The 66-year-old Deen is embroiled in controversy after she admitted to using the N-word 20 years ago, an acknowledgement she made during testimony for a lawsuit filed against her and her brother by a former manager at her Savannah, Ga., restaurant. In the suit, Lisa T. Jackson alleges Deen and her brother, "Bubba" Heir, committed acts of harassment, discrimination and racism that resulted in the end of the woman's five-year employment. Following the revelation, Deen was dropped by the Food Network.

 

Supporters have spoken out against the network's decision to axe the Southern chef. Some flocked to her Savannah restaurant, The Lady and Sons. Others, like Dash, took to Twitter. The former "Clueless" star defended Deen in a tweet Thursday, writing, "Only God can judge."

 

In the tweet Dash also says in the tweet:  BTW my daughter loves your show (Only way she can get me to cook)

 

The post drew backlash from other social media users. "[M]an you really are Clueless," one person responded. "You have no damn idea about the power of words. You should stop using them," wrote another. Yet another advised there are a "ton of great cooking shows featuring people who aren't racist."

 

A representative for Dash was not immediately available for further comment.

 

This isn't the first time the 46-year-old Bronx native has faced a public outcry. Back in October, Dash endorsed Mitt Romney for president. The move made headlines after critics slammed her for offering her vote to the Republican candidate. Many brought the issue of race and gender when questioning her decision.

 

For her part, Deen appeared on the "Today" show Wednesday morning to defend herself. The disgraced cook broke down in tears while insisting she is not a racist.

"I know my love for people, and I'm not going to sit here and tell everything I've done for people of color. I would never hurt anyone on purpose," she said.

"I is what I is and I'm not changing," she added later.

Why is it when whitefolks get in trouble for spewing racism they always say what they've done for the coloreds?  All the while behind the scene getting a darkie [excuse me just keepin it real] to clean up the MESS they created?  Check out the latest saga:

 

Paula Deen Hires Judy Smith, Crisis Manager And Inspiration Behind 'Scandal's Olivia Pope

The Huffington Post  |  By  Posted: 06/27/2013 10:21 am EDT  |  Updated: 06/27/2013 12:14 pm EDT

 
 

As the Paula Deen saga closes out its third week and the jury continues to deliberateon whether the celebrity chef's formerly charming-as-cherry-pie persona will ever reemerge (or whether she'll ever find forgiveness from the millions she offended withher admitted use of racial epithets), one thing has been on the mind of Deen's one-time fans: "What would Olivia Pope do?"

In fact, it's a question we've been pondering ourselves since Deen's bread and butter (pun intended) hit the fan earlier this month and early Wednesday with thesuspension of her endorsement deal with diabetes drug maker Novo Nordisk.

 

 
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You know who Paula Deen really needs right now? Olivia Pope. She would make everything better.

 

Following two video apologies, of which many questioned the sincerity, the termination of her contract with the Food Network and a handful of other sponsors, and an appearance on the 'Today' show Wednesday, which some deemed as more defensive than contrite, Deen has called in crisis manager Judy Smith to help her get her empire back in order.

Smith, the muse behind ABC's 'Scandal,' has worked behind the scenes helping calm the international hysteria over the SARS pandemic; advising Kobe Bryant and Michael Vick during their run-ins with the law; and shaping the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's reputation following the 9/11 attacks.

In an interview with Washingtonian magazine last year, Smith described her biggest takeaway about human nature from her encounters with people at some of their lowest points in life: "I like to believe in the good in people. But we're all going to screw up from time to time," she said.

Fellow crisis managers aren't as hopeful, however.

“No one is going to buy what she says now, even if it’s a perfectly crafted message,"Dan Hill of Ervin/Hill Strategy told the Washington Post. "Everyone thinks you should respond immediately, but with something like this, usually time serves them well,” he said.

An associate of Smith's indicated to the Huffington Post that the firm, Smith and Company, had taken on Deen as a client, but said that they were not at liberty to discuss the situation any further at this time.

This story has nothing to do with Black people.  The woman suing her for creating a racist work environment is White.  She said that Paula Deen says her super racist shit in private meetings away from her black staff.  Deen is getting dropped by sponsors because most those businesses are international and they know how racist America has been an is currently.

Quote by Koco: "Why is it when whitefolks get in trouble for spewing racism they always say what they've done for the coloreds?  All the while behind the scene getting a darkie [excuse me just keepin it real] to clean up the MESS they created? 


Why?

 

Because they're just stupid thinking that a Black person can clean up their exploding racist mess a White person creates and in line with her "I help and do all I can for the coloreds" way of thinking and doing business, she and her idiot advisors purposely hires a Black person to clean up her mess so that she can still say I'm not a racist with a paid Black hire supporting her.

 

Paula Deen is your typical White Southern racist who was raised a racist by her racist family and surrounding community since the day she was born ans tat's how she has treated Black people her entire life thinking her entire life that its her duty and obligation to help Black people and because of that, she can say and do whatever she wants.

 

In Paula Deens world growing up in the deep Georgia South, it was all farm land, sharecropping, mules and plows, tractors. cotton fields, soybean fields, corn fields. tobacco fields and Black people who share cropped with and for them calling Paula Deen parents "Miss Corrie" (Corrie A. Paul) and "Mr. Earl" (Earl Wayne Hiers, Sr.) and Paula Deen "Little Miss Paula"...that's the deep South as it was and in many parts, still is today with today's older southern Black and White people and many southern Blacks just as with many southern Whites are totally pissed off and angry that "Miss Paula" and her non racist family, are being treated this way.


In her home town for many Black folk, Paula Deen is a hero now more than ever.

Quote by RadioRaheem:

 

Paula Deens Bingo Block # 23:

 

"Wu Tang Clan Ain't Nothin' to F#ck Wit"!

 

Now that's funny as hell! LoL!!!!!!!


Maybe she can get the entire Wu Tang and a portrait of the late great Ol' Dirty Bastard since she needs all the "N" help that she can get while she's out recruiting very Black person possible to  help save her old White racist ass.


And if she stays local, she can also get the Ying Yang Twins since Atlanta, Ga., is only 3 hours (182) miles from Deen's hometown of Albany, Ga.


But according to the experts:


How Paula Deen can recover after fall from grace...by using Martha Stewart as an example.

 

(Race and racism against and directed strictly Blacks according the the experts, has nothing to do with it because its all about strategy)

 

Marta Stewart

 

Another day, another high-dollar deal lost for Paula Deen following a racial-slur controversy that's sent the Food Network and several large corporations, including Target, Sears and Wal-Mart, fleeing from the celebrity chef.

 

Despite the ongoing uproar, crisis management professionals say it's not too late to turn around this sinking ship. After all, Martha Stewart was able to rebound after spending time behind bars.

 

Read more: QVC latest to drop Paula Deen

 

But Deen's path to recovery is a bit more complex.

 

Part of the problem, experts say, is that racial missteps are some of the hardest to smooth over. Another problem is the errors Deen has made so far in handling the controversy that has stemmed from her admission that she used the N-word.

 

"She made a fundamental mistake in the beginning by not getting in front of the story," said Jim Joseph, the North American president of Cohn & Wolfe, a communications firm.

 

In general, he advises clients to be completely transparent about mistakes and take responsibility for them quickly.

 

What gets people in trouble, Joseph said is "never the crime—always the coverup." To successfully rebound, Deen needs to get back out in the public eye with new products and a new show.

 

In essence, she needs to go back to being Paula Deen.

 

Read MorePaula Deen Cookbook Sales Surge

 

"If she goes into seclusion, she'll really quickly be forgotten," he said. "And the longer she does that, the harder it is to come back."

 

This strategy helped fellow domestic guru Stewart rebound with help from her fans after an insider-trading conviction sent her behind bars and later house arrest.

 

"I think Martha Stewart is a good example of that," Joseph said. "When she got out, she went right back to being Martha Stewart. Even though she was under house arrest, she was still recording shows."

 

It also helped Tiger Woods after a fallout from extramarital affairs caused many sponsors to distance themselves from the golf superstar.

 

"I think for him, he focused on his core skill set—he focused on golf and on winning again," Joseph said. "Because he was focused on it, I think that caused other people to focus on golf instead of him."

 

Despite describing Deen's situation as a "house of cards," Mike Paul, president of MGP & Associates PR, said Deen could still rebound. To get back into the public's good graces, she'll need to understand the root of the crisis, which is the pain that her offensive language caused.

 

He stressed the need for this change of heart to be authentic. If it's not, another interview will not help Deen, whose weepy interview Wednesday on the "Today Show" precipitated more companies' decisions to distance themselves from her.

 

"The next interview—are you going to believe her?" he said. "It's like the boy who cried wolf."

 

While being labeled a racist isn't as hard to rebound from as being accused of murder or being a pedophile, Paul said racism isn't far behind.

 

"From a business angle, a business will never risk being associated, even short term, with having the label of being racist," he said. "They will cut you loose first to save their own reputation."

 

One by one, Deen has seen her vast empire crumble as diabetes drug makerNovo Nordisk, Target, Wal-Mart, Home Depot, the Food Network, QVC,Smithfield Foods and Caesars Entertainment have all terminated their partnerships with her.

 

"I think it's going to be a long time before she gets big national endorsement deals again—if ever," said Nat Ives, AdAge.com's senior editor of media and innovation.

 

"But she'll be fine in other ways—she may keep a lot of her smaller company endorsements."

 

Several of these smaller companies have rallied to her cause, as have many of her fans, who have taken to the Food Network's Facebook page to plead with the company for her return.

 

Read MorePaula Deen's Fans Defend Her in Wake of Controversy

 

In Joseph's opinion, these fans who first propelled Deen to fame are the best ingredient in a potential recipe for redemption.

 

"If she is smart, she will let her fans defend her, let her fans rally other people. I think that would be the smart way to go and the only chance she has," he said.

 

"If she tries to do it herself, I think she risks looking insincere and like she's just trying to get back into the game as opposed to wanting to be there for their fans."

 

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Brother RR wrote:  This story  has nothing to do with Black people.  The woman suing her for creating a racist work environment is White.  She said that Paula Deen says her super racist shit in private meetings away from her black staff.  Deen is getting dropped by sponsors because most those businesses are international and they know how racist America has been an is currently.

 

  I disagree my brotha.   This has EVERYTHING to do with black people.  Had it been a black person to complain.....I don't think anything this HUGE would have been done.  Cuz folks want their JOBS.   And are used to being discriminated against....plus if homeboy gonna let her say "he's as black as that blackboard" what else did blackfolks let her get away with? 

 

So for a WHITE person to say that Paula[another WHITE person] is racist in the eyes of other WHITE sponsors who do not WANT that stain [if you will] on their company's reputation is focking PRICELESS  Cuz you and I both KNOW that saying someone is racist is screaming on DEAF ears.  Cuz that's a given.  But for a white girl to do that to an old "G?"  All I can say is Hal. Lay. Lu. Yer.  And to be fair it wasn't just all blackfolks demonstrating to acquire freedom and civil rights for AfricanAmericans in this country....we did have a couple of whitefolks in there fighting too.  And proof is blackfolks in Africa, the middle east, india, South America and other places in european who are STILL enslaved/subjugated[sp]  with no human rights.  So all I can say to heifer is "you go girl.  Kudos to you.  But!

Brotha Cholly wrote: 

In Paula Deens world growing up in the deep Georgia South, it was all farm land, sharecropping, mules and plows, tractors. cotton fields, soybean fields, corn fields. tobacco fields and Black people who share cropped with and for them calling Paula Deen parents "Miss Corrie" (Corrie A. Paul) and "Mr. Earl" (Earl Wayne Hiers, Sr.) and Paula Deen "Little Miss Paula"...that's the deep South as it was and in many parts, still is today with today's older southern Black and White people and many southern Blacks just as with many southern Whites are totally pissed off and angry that "Miss Paula" and her non racist family, are being treated this way.


In her home town for many Black folk, Paula Deen is a hero now more than ever.

 

 Wow!!!!!  Sad.  But oh sooooooo true.  But!

 

 

Originally Posted by Kocolicious:

Brother RR wrote:  This story  has nothing to do with Black people.  The woman suing her for creating a racist work environment is White.  She said that Paula Deen says her super racist shit in private meetings away from her black staff.  Deen is getting dropped by sponsors because most those businesses are international and they know how racist America has been an is currently.

 

  I disagree my brotha.   This has EVERYTHING to do with black people.  Had it been a black person to complain.....I don't think anything this HUGE would have been done.  Cuz folks want their JOBS.   And are used to being discriminated against....plus if homeboy gonna let her say "he's as black as that blackboard" what else did blackfolks let her get away with? 

 

So for a WHITE person to say that Paula[another WHITE person] is racist in the eyes of other WHITE sponsors who do not WANT that stain [if you will] on their company's reputation is focking PRICELESS  Cuz you and I both KNOW that saying someone is racist is screaming on DEAF ears.  Cuz that's a given.  But for a white girl to do that to an old "G?"  All I can say is Hal. Lay. Lu. Yer.  And to be fair it wasn't just all blackfolks demonstrating to acquire freedom and civil rights for AfricanAmericans in this country....we did have a couple of whitefolks in there fighting too.  And proof is blackfolks in Africa, the middle east, india, South America and other places in european who are STILL enslaved/subjugated[sp]  with no human rights.  So all I can say to heifer is "you go girl.  Kudos to you.  But!

*Oh I was talking about her losing sponsors and losing her shows. I said that it had nothing to do with Blacks in the sense that her apology tour is not for Black folk, it's for her to get her money back.  She did not now or ever before that give two dayums about Black people.  It is not Blacks suing her and complaining.  It was a white woman talking about what she says when we people aren't around.  basically, her true self was revealed.  

 

on the bright side, stores will soon have to liquidate her high dollar pots and pans for a loss in profits...which means that she will unlikely be able to sign contracts with same and other companies that once hired her or help build her brand....hehehe

  It's getting BETTER and BETTER....Hal. Lay. Lu. Yer!  More companies are dumping Miss Paula.  Take a looky

 

J.C. Penney Dumps Paula Deen

Posted: 06/28/2013 2:07 pm EDT  |  Updated: 06/28/2013 3:01 pm EDT

 
 

J.C. Penney has decided to sever ties with Paula Deen, becoming the latest of many retailers that have made moves to distance themselves from the celebrity chef.

"We can confirm that jcpenney has decided to discontinue selling Paula Deen branded merchandise," J.C. Penney said in a statement to The Huffington Post.

The department store chain had sold Deen-branded kitchen products primarily in its 300 to 400 smaller stores across the U.S., and now it plans to remove Deen's wares from its website jcp.com over the weekend, company spokeswoman Daphne Avilatold the Dallas Morning News, which first reported the news.

J.C. Penney recently re-launched its home stores with glitzy celebrity brands like Jonathan Adler, Michael Graves and Martha Stewart. According to Avila, the home department at J.C. Penney is mostly stocked with Cuisinart and Calphalon brands.

Over the past week, retailers have been running for the hills in an attempt to distance themselves from Deen after comments she made in a court deposition were made public, revealing that she had used racial slurs in the past. Deen apologized repeatedly in a tearful interview on the "Today" show and stated that she is not a racist.

Sears Holdings, which owns department store chain Sears and discount store chain Kmart, decided to "phase out all products" tied to Deen's brand Friday morning. Walgreens also announced its intention to drop Deen-branded inventory.

Walmart, Target and Home Depot each made the decision to stop selling Deen's products earlier this week.

O.K., I might get banned from AA.org, but, I don't know if I agree that Paula Dean should loose EVERYTHING just for saying the "N" word in 1987 after being robbed.  I think that Paula Deen's business should have had to fork out enough money that it would be felt by her company, bank account and brand, but not total and absolute ruin.  Besides, I am still more concerned with her brother calling a/any Black person "his monkey" and her son letting racial slurs fly AND sexually harassing female employee(s), and would like to know why THIS is not being talked about, and where the hell her brother and son are, who are really responsible for all this because of their actions, while she is taking all the heat for what they did.   The lawsuit is not about Paula saying the "N" word once in 1987, and it really goes to show how dirty the media plays by making it seem like this is what the lawsuit is about, while saying nothing about Paula's brother's and her son's behavior, which is what the lawsuit really is about.   

 

So, I've said it, now everyone can everyone can get in my case, and believe me, I will understand, but I kinda think that it may have gone too far.  If I am wrong, please feel free to make me understand, why I think they are drawing blood when a financial thrashing should have sufficed.

 

Originally Posted by sunnubian:

O.K., I might get banned from AA.org, but, I don't know if I agree that Paula Dean should loose EVERYTHING just for saying the "N" word in 1987 after being robbed.  I think that Paula Deen's business should have had to fork out enough money that it would be felt by her company, bank account and brand, but not total and absolute ruin.  Besides, I am still more concerned with her brother calling a/any Black person "his monkey" and her son letting racial slurs fly AND sexually harassing female employee(s), and would like to know why THIS is not being talked about, and where the hell her brother and son are, who are really responsible for all this because of their actions, while she is taking all the heat for what they did.   The lawsuit is not about Paula saying the "N" word once in 1987, and it really goes to show how dirty the media plays by making it seem like this is what the lawsuit is about, while saying nothing about Paula's brother's and her son's behavior, which is what the lawsuit really is about.   

 

So, I've said it, now everyone can everyone can get in my case, and believe me, I will understand, but I kinda think that it may have gone too far.  If I am wrong, please feel free to make me understand, why I think they are drawing blood when a financial thrashing should have sufficed.

 

* Her career is on life support, not by the stuff she said about Black folks, but this part of her statement....(Moral of this story...NEVER TALK ABOUT THE JEWS!!!!)

 

 

“Most jokes are about Jewish people, rednecks, black folks,” she testified. “Most jokes target – I don’t know. I didn’t make up the jokes, I don’t know. I can’t. I don’t know.

“They usually target though a group. Gays or straights, black, redneck, you know, I just don’t know I just don’t know what to say.

“I can’t myself determine what offends another person.”

Well sista Sunnubian...of course you are NOT gonna get banned.  Remember everyone is entitled to their opinion....right?  And although I don't agree with you   you are still my sistagirl!  How boring would this board be is EVERYBODY agreed?  And lord knows I have a whole lotta folks disagreeing with me alllllllllllll the time. 

 

 So having said that,  heifer should GET EVERYTHING taken from her....cuz everything was TAKEN from us.  And she will KNOW how it feels not to be heard.....to be disrespected....to be called names[cuz in her own words "can't possibly know what offends people].  It's not like she's rich purely on whitefolks' money.  We KNOW a black people TAUGHT her azz how to cook and she made bank on it just like the rest of the whitefolks who have MADE BANK on the blood, sweat and death of blackfolks....and remember she was upset that her great great granddaddy killed himself cuz he didn't have his negras to toil the farm.  Not accepting the fact that her grandpappy HAD slaves.  Slaves are human beings....not subhumans to serve whitefolks.  And the fact that she is 66 years old and this way of life is all she knows....is BULLSHYTE.  Her azz knows how to spend that money.

 

You see.... you don't get to wipe your boots on the very people that "butter your bread."  You don't get toooooooo be all arrogant and self-entitled from the necks of other human beings.  This was a long time acoming.  And she knew it.  She is an intelligent business woman and I don't believe her when she plays the victim.  She's trying to save her empire.  It would have been better if she just came out with it and said I is what I is and I am trying to change.  But oh noooooooooo heifer says she ain't changing.  And that's dangerous cuz we ALL change even if we want to or not.  Otherwise, we will still be infants crawling on the floor expecting to be fed by whom? Another infant who hasn't evolved?  That makes no sense.   Plus you can't be see no evil, speak no evil or hear no evil....when you rake up dollars from the very people you KNOW is being mistreated.  See?  We just found this out.  But others....like chefs, colleagues  and folks who worked with her for years KNEW she was like this and is why she really doesn't have her "food community" support.  Wonder why? 

 

In addition, the decision for all these companies to drop her is as a result of making sure their customer service base is protected.  Sears has black customers, Walgreen has black customers, Walmart, JC Penny, Target etc. They all have black customers so what do anyone EXPECT them to do?  Let her slide?  She was representing them.  And they did not WANT a racist representing their company especially if they have BLACK customers.  And I tell you Sears?  It's history shows a Black man named Roebuck being one of the original partners when the store was founded.  So what a slap in the face to the family of this black man.  I totally understand and expect that much to happen to her and MORE.  Cuz what goes around...comes around.  Cause and affect.  That's law of life.  And Paula is reaping all that she has done through the years.  Otherwise, it wouldn't be such an explosive fall out from all sides.  But! 

  Well...the former President Carter says we should forgive Paula Deen and points out all the good she has done for blackfolks in Georgia....but!  Does that justifies her offensive stance regarding blacks?  Just cuz she helps blacks in poverty stricken areas, does this mean she can insult them as they put the fork of her food to their lips?  It's too much of a plantation mentality to me.  But here's what Carter says below:

 

Carter: Paula Deen should be forgiven

By Joe Sterling, CNN
updated 2:36 PM EDT, Sat June 29, 2013
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  • Carter says "let the dust settle and make apologies"
  • "My heart goes out to her," the former president says
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(CNN) -- Former President Jimmy Carter said embattled celebrity chef Paula Deen should be forgiven, arguing that while there's no condoning the racial slurs she uttered, the well-known personality has been candid and apologetic.

 

"She was maybe excessively honest in saying that she had in the past, 30 years ago, used this terrible word," Carter told CNN's Suzanne Malveaux in an interview Friday. "I think she has been punished, perhaps overly severely, for her honesty in admitting it and for the use of the word in the distant past. She's apologized profusely."

Deen's troubles began about two weeks ago when a deposition in a discrimination lawsuit was released in which she admitted using the n-word in the past. Dean has insisted she does not tolerate prejudice, but her apologies have failed to suppress the controversy.

 

 

The fallout has been swift and painful. Her Southern cooking business is reeling as major brands end or suspend their ties with her, prompting the celebrity chef to seek out professional crisis-management assistance.

 

Sears Holdings is the latest brand to weigh in. The company said Friday it's phasing out all products tied to her brand.

 

Carter said he remembers that the n-word was used "quite frequently" when racial segregation was the "law of the land" throughout the country, not just the South, where Deen is from and resides.

 

Carter mentioned Deen's programs in Savannah, Georgia, that benefit "almost exclusively oppressed and poverty stricken black people." He advised her to get people she's helping to speak up and "show she's changed in her relationship with African-Americans."

 

"My heart goes out to her but there's no condoning the use of a word that abuses other people," he said. "I've known Paula Deen quite well for a long period of time; I advised her to let the dust settle and make apologies."

 

Carter was asked about a number of issues in the interview. The Carter Center in Atlanta is hosting a human rights forum this weekend promoting the role of religion in advancing women's rights.


 
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An Open Letter to Paula Deen

Posted: 06/28/2013 9:53 am
 

 
 
 

When news first broke of Paula Deen's indelicate turns of phrase, I ignored it.

C'mon. What American hasn't used the word nigger? We teach children the word each time Mark Twain's Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer are assigned in class.

After the initial headlines, there came anecdotes so salacious that she was a no-show on The Today Show, where she'd been scheduled to give a mea culpa and get on with her life.

Through it all, my admiration never waned for her along with Martha Stewart and B. Smith, women who'd turned housework into home-making, built empires and given millions of women immense pride in the work they do for their families.

Then, I heard Ms. Deen speak of her great-grandfather's having gone into a barn and shot himself because the Civil War had been lost and "he didn't know how to deal with life with no one to help operate his plantation."

"There was 30-something people on his books and the next year's census it's like zero," she told a live audience. "He couldn't deal with those kinds of changes."

Never did she mention the price paid by Blacks, pre- and post-change, over centuries of enslavement and segregation. She did say that "Black folks were such an integral part of our lives; they were like family." She even called a Black male employee, Hollis Johnson, "black as a board" onstage. "We can't see you standing against that dark board," she joked.

To Matt Lauer on The Today Show, she offered her critics a self-serving monologue and a defiant "I is what I is, and I'm not changing!"

Hence, this open letter:

Dear Ms. Deen,

I know that you're in great pain at this time. Your world -- and everything you've worked for -- has been rocked. Much as it was for your great-grandfather, it must seem that life has brought "terrific changes."

I cannot, however, sympathize with the plight of your great-grandfathers who, for centuries, victimized mine. I will not mourn the "way of life" lost to those who joined the Ku Klux Klan, lynch mobs and "picnics" where white families spread blankets, shared baskets and "picked niggers" to dangle as "strange fruit" from their hanging-trees.

You are suffering because you refuse to understand that lives have been lost to the "I is what I is" mentality in which you take such pride.

Given a forum, you gave a diatribe. "Someone evil out there saw what I had worked for and they wanted it." Do you understand that millions of hard-working people only want to hear you say: "I said the things I said. I was wrong. I'm willing to learn and to grow?"

Given a lifeline, you chose a lie when you said the only time in 30 years you used the word nigger was when a Black man had you at gunpoint in a bank robbery. Playing to stereotypes instead of humility, you sought to justify bigotry.

Forget worrying that what some say about you isn't true; it's what you're saying about you that's causing outrage.

Do you know what it means to me, a dark-skinned person, to watch a man who looks like me publically humiliated for his skin tone?

His family had to see that. What were you thinking? Should you tolerate being "white as puss?" If you won't, should I sneer at you for being politically correct?

Your laugh-line was the work denied me for being "dark enough to offend." "Were you 5' 9" and blonde, I would've hired you in a minute," said one network news executive.

Your employee's humiliation was my first day of college. A white dorm mother had me stand for inspection -- as if on an auction block -- to give my assigned white roommate's parents the option of having me removed from "their daughter's room." My family paid the same tuition with no such option.

And, do you really think a wedding celebrating the heyday of plantation life is a good idea?

No, Ms. Deen, this isn't just about the N-word. It's about the picnics of your youth. It's about your lack of remorse -- or compassion -- today.

It's about your timing. You misused your platform for self-pity two days after George Zimmerman's defense attorney opened a murder trial in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed, dark-skinned teen, with a knock-knock joke.

This is about what you're willing to do for yourself, for the millions of people who've believed in you and the thousands whose livelihoods depend on your "brand."

And, it's about your caring enough about them to use your pain to move others toward the healing our nation so desperately needs and rightly deserves.

Sincerely,

Janus Adams

 
 
 

Quote by Koco: '  Well...the former President Carter says we should forgive Paula Deen and points out all the good she has done for blackfolks in Georgia".


Keep in mind that Jimmy Carter before "President Carter" lived and still lives in Plains, Georgia which is only 40 short miles from Albany, GA  from where Paula Deen was raised so they were both born, raised and taught the very same way in the very same White racist "neck of the woods" Jim Crow segregated South with the same as I mentioned earlier "deep Georgia South,.... all farm land, sharecropping, mules and plows, tractors. cotton fields, soybean fields, corn fields, tobacco fields and Black people who share cropped for and with the racist Southern White Carters.


And they called Jimmy Carter either "Little Jimmy" or Mr' Jimmy" (yes sir and no sir).,,,and that's not a maybe because that's the way of the deep South.,,,even today.


And Jimmy Carter won't admit it.


You just have to add peanut farming to Jimmy Carter's racist resume and way of life and the Blacks who share cropped those peanut fields and other crops for his father, mother and  little Jimmy with the same attitudes they affectionately had for the Carter's (still do) as the Blacks did and still do for Paula Deen and her family.


Jimmy Carter totally understands Paula Deen because he is Paula Deen growing up in the very same similar households; values, morals and racist attitudes towards Blacks but he just knew socially and politically how to pull it off better than Deen for an entire lifetime but even today, if President Carter ever slips up and uses the "N" word or has that same situation as Deen, his entire word will also come crashing down all around him....and he knows it.


President Carter and Paula Deen.......One in the same from the very same racist neck of the woods...That's way he's being so supportive because he knows that back in Plains, Georgia even though he's a former President, he has no choice because he still has to return back home and live among his White friends and neighbors and it won't be easy for him, the former First Lady Roselyn Carter or any if his family if he opposes Paula Deen.

@Brotha Cholly

 

I agree with you my brotha.  And I know southern whitefolks stick together.  But I am tired of hearing them say "all they DONE for us."  Hell if anything that's payback and it ain't NEARLY enough for what we have DONE for them.  I think that shyte is sooooooooo arrogant.  And self entitled.  So next will be the country music folks....giving Paula their support.   Watch!  But!

Janus AdamsEmmy Award-winning journalist, historian and producer

An Open Letter to Paula Deen

Posted: 06/28/2013 9:53 am

 

When news first broke of Paula Deen's indelicate turns of phrase, I ignored it.

 

C'mon. What American hasn't used the word nigger? We teach children the word each time Mark Twain's Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer are assigned in class.

 

After the initial headlines, there came anecdotes so salacious that she was a no-show on The Today Show, where she'd been scheduled to give a mea culpa and get on with her life.

 

Through it all, my admiration never waned for her along with Martha Stewart and B. Smith, women who'd turned housework into home-making, built empires and given millions of women immense pride in the work they do for their families.

 

Then, I heard Ms. Deen speak of her great-grandfather's having gone into a barn and shot himself because the Civil War had been lost and "he didn't know how to deal with life with no one to help operate his plantation."

 

"There was 30-something people on his books and the next year's census it's like zero," she told a live audience. "He couldn't deal with those kinds of changes."

Never did she mention the price paid by Blacks, pre- and post-change, over centuries of enslavement and segregation. She did say that "Black folks were such an integral part of our lives; they were like family." She even called a Black male employee, Hollis Johnson, "black as a board" onstage. "We can't see you standing against that dark board," she joked.

 

To Matt Lauer on The Today Show, she offered her critics a self-serving monologue and a defiant "I is what I is, and I'm not changing!"

 

Hence, this open letter:

 

Dear Ms. Deen,

 

I know that you're in great pain at this time. Your world -- and everything you've worked for -- has been rocked. Much as it was for your great-grandfather, it must seem that life has brought "terrific changes."

 

I cannot, however, sympathize with the plight of your great-grandfathers who, for centuries, victimized mine. I will not mourn the "way of life" lost to those who joined the Ku Klux Klan, lynch mobs and "picnics" where white families spread blankets, shared baskets and "picked niggers" to dangle as "strange fruit" from their hanging-trees.

 

You are suffering because you refuse to understand that lives have been lost to the "I is what I is" mentality in which you take such pride.

 

Given a forum, you gave a diatribe. "Someone evil out there saw what I had worked for and they wanted it." Do you understand that millions of hard-working people only want to hear you say: "I said the things I said. I was wrong. I'm willing to learn and to grow?"

 

Given a lifeline, you chose a lie when you said the only time in 30 years you used the word nigger was when a Black man had you at gunpoint in a bank robbery. Playing to stereotypes instead of humility, you sought to justify bigotry.

Forget worrying that what some say about you isn't true; it's what you're saying about you that's causing outrage.

 

Do you know what it means to me, a dark-skinned person, to watch a man who looks like me publically humiliated for his skin tone?

 

His family had to see that. What were you thinking? Should you tolerate being "white as puss?" If you won't, should I sneer at you for being politically correct?

 

Your laugh-line was the work denied me for being "dark enough to offend." "Were you 5' 9" and blonde, I would've hired you in a minute," said one network news executive.

 

Your employee's humiliation was my first day of college. A white dorm mother had me stand for inspection -- as if on an auction block -- to give my assigned white roommate's parents the option of having me removed from "their daughter's room."

My family paid the same tuition with no such option.

 

And, do you really think a wedding celebrating the heyday of plantation life is a good idea?

 

No, Ms. Deen, this isn't just about the N-word. It's about the picnics of your youth. It's about your lack of remorse -- or compassion -- today.

 

It's about your timing. You misused your platform for self-pity two days after George Zimmerman's defense attorney opened a murder trial in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed, dark-skinned teen, with a knock-knock joke.

 

This is about what you're willing to do for yourself, for the millions of people who've believed in you and the thousands whose livelihoods depend on your "brand."

And, it's about your caring enough about them to use your pain to move others toward the healing our nation so desperately needs and rightly deserves.

 

Sincerely,

Janus Adams

    That's EXACTLY what I'm talkin' bout!  And that is WHY her azz is being dropped all over this COUNTRY! And if blackfolks can just take that in for a few moments-their worth-their value-what they have achieved in this  nation where no one else has in a subjegated environment-if we can just BREATHE in what all that means?  We will definitely be on our way to healing and a brighter future way beyond our wildest dreams.  But! 

 

Deen parts with agent after racial slur fallout

FILE - In this Jan. 17, 2012 file photo, celebrity chef Paula Deen poses for a portrait in New York. Deen announced Thursday, July 4, 2013 that she has cut business ties with the agent who helped make her a Food Network star and launch a media and merchandising empire that has largely crumbled in the wake of her admission that she used racial slurs in the past. She gave no reason for her parting with Weiner in a prepared statement. [AP Photo/Carlo Allegri, File)
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FILE - In this Jan. 17, 2012 file photo, celebrity chef Paula Deen poses for a portrait in New York. Deen announced Thursday, July 4, 2013 that she has cut business ties with the agent who helped make her a Food Network star and launch a media and merchandising empire that has largely crumbled in the wake of her admission that she used racial slurs in the past. She gave no reason for her parting with Weiner in a prepared statement. (AP Photo/Carlo Allegri, File)
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SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Paula Deen announced Thursday that she has cut business ties with the agent who helped make her a Food Network star and launch a media and merchandising empire that has largely crumbled in the wake of her admission that she used racial slurs in the past.

Deen had worked with New York agent Barry Weiner for more than a decade. She has said he was instrumental in getting her show "Paula's Home Cooking" on the Food Network in 2002. She gave no reason for her parting with Weiner in a prepared statement.

 

"Paula Deen has separated from her agent," Deen's spokeswoman, Elana Weiss, said in an email Thursday. "She and her family thank him for the tireless effort and dedication over the many years."

Quote by RR: "Deen announced Thursday, July 4, 2013 that she has cut business ties with the agent who helped make her a Food Network star and launch a media and merchandising empire that has largely crumbled in the wake of her admission that she used racial slurs in the past."

 

Yeah right.


Like she cut ties with him because she screwed up and in order to save him, just let him go while she tries to hire every Black person to help her get out of her massive train wreck.


He jumped off a rat infested sinking ship fueled by White hatred and racism because he knew they finally got caught and the gig is up.


Now he's screwed because he fully supported Paula Deen, her racist sons and all their Southern slave era racist ways without saying a word (because he's racist too) while making multi-millions and now he has to go out try and find other clients to work for to feed his family who are probably now looking a him thinking to themselves he's also a racist because if he wasn't, he would have left the racist Paula Deen years ago.


That White woman that filed that lawsuit against Deen for racism? Her now ex-agent sat in those very same meetings as that White employee listening to all that racist hatred towards Blacks and he probably more than not, contributed to the conservation.


Paula Deen, more than any other White person in the past who got fired for using the "N" word, has opened up a huge can of worms that has all White people (racist and so called "non-racist") totally pissed, scared and rattled:


Palua Deen is totally evaporating right before their eyes.


Pauls Deen not only lied (also lied about not having diabetes while she cooked and sold books/food that causes diabetes) but worse than that, for Whites while she was begging and "fake crying"for forgiveness, stayed true to the game......stayed true to herself: to who she really is and what she really is ("I is who I is and I ain't gonna change") as she went into explicit detail about how and why she thinks that way.....its a part of her privileged birth right, generational and inherited DNA......and no White person and especially a well known one with millions on the line, can never afford to do that.


No White person......not even the President Of The United States.


Whites in the past who got caught using the "N" word just got caught and that was it.....fired....but Paula Deen unknowingly and being totally honest, took it to that next level..... went on and on and on and threw out the real and not the "sanitized" version of White American history (slavery) behind it as she tried to dig herself out of that deep hole and Whites do not want that revealed out in the open for all to hear....the very thing they all speak of proudly as White Americans and teach their young children behind closed doors.


And Deen being a grandmother ("grammy, me ma" etc) and all knowing well respected family matriarch, makes it worse because she is that main nurturing and loving, care giver, family catalyst in White households that sits you in her lap or on her knee and teaches their young to be racist.


I don't CARE who the White person is....The "N" word sits on their tongue locked, loaded and ready to shoot and for any reason at all, any White person slips up and say it for all to see and/or hear regardless of where ever and whatever you do....you're fired and tagged labeled a racist for the rest of your life.


Paula Deen reset the bar way higher and made the "N" word for Whites more of a death sentence than it ever was in the past.

Quote by Koco: " Or...maybe HE decided to stop representing her cuz of the "Jewish" jokes Paula admitted enjoying with her brother over the years.  In the face of his Jewish community HOW could he STAY and have dignity back at the ranch?  Sometimes....it's NOT about the money.  But!".


True that because anything anti-Jewish is a career/life killer also and White people more than anything, really want this all to go away and they just don't have a clue and don't know how to do it.....a single word they created and made into the most vile and offensive word in the American English language that can single handed destroy their entire lives and all they have worked for more so than anything else that can be said negatively.


But because of tradition, they refuse to and don't want to have an "all races present" collective, honest and fair minded discussion about the elephant in the room that grows bigger everyday.... race and racism in America that just might solve this issue or lessen its blow.


The worst part?


Any one of them may be the next Paula Deen.


Just too stupid and hard headed.

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