So how does the persecution of Paula Deen open the door for some challenging questions about racism and double standards?
Paula Deen and Oprah
Deen is a 66-year-old woman whose deep Southern roots and culture are a major part of her success story. As a young adult she faced severe challenges, but through her own initiative, she rose from the ranks of food stamp recipients to become a beloved national TV icon, a successful restaurateur, author and household name. She launched a home-based catering business, “The Bag Lady,” some 25 years ago, and from that launch pad, everything she touched turned to gold — until a national tabloid painted her whole career with a few words from a deposition regarding a disgruntled employee.
Deen was asked if she had ever used a racial epithet, and she answered that she’d done so in her early years, referencing one instance where she used the “n-word” in anger when telling her husband about a black man who “put a gun to my head. I didn’t feel real favorable towards him.”
In response to those words, Food Network chose not to renew her contract in June 2013, Smithfield Foods dropped her as a spokeswoman, and Walmart, J.C. Penney, Sears, Target, QVC, Caesars Entertainment, Home Depot, and K-Mart all terminated her endorsement contracts.
Deen’s fans were not moved by all the PC corporate shenanigans, and advanced orders for a forthcoming book of her favorite recipes rocketed to the top spot of Amazon’s best-sellers list. Then her publisher, Ballantine Books, announced it was canceling her publishing agreement.
Quickly coming to Deen’s defense were some of the same folks who were stirring up racial tensions over Trayvon Martin’s death.
Jesse Jackson asserted, “she should be reclaimed rather than destroyed.” Al Sharpton noted, “A lot of us have, in the past, said things we have regretted saying.”
Even that self-anointed peacemaker to the world, Jimmy Carter, was quick to insist that Deen be forgiven: “I think she has been punished … for her honesty in admitting it and for the use of the word in the distant past. She’s apologized profusely.”
But have you noted that there has been NO condemnation of Deen from Leftist politicos? Of course, most of them would also fail the standard being set for Deen.
So, here are my thoughts on Deen’s persecution and double standards.
Every executive-tier man or woman at Food Network, Smithfield Foods, Walmart, J.C. Penney, Sears, Target, QVC, Caesars Entertainment, Home Depot, K-Mart and Ballantine Books should be asked the following question: “Have you ever, under any circumstance and in any context, used a derogatory reference in regard to another race, religion or ethnic group, or member thereof?”
In fact, to be fair, let’s ask that question of all Fortune 500 executives, TV show hosts on every network, actors, performers and professional athletes and every elected official. (Of course that is not going to happen because there would be nobody left standing…)
So, let’s ask this one question above all others: Shouldn’t the president of the United States be held to the same standard as a TV show host?
Is there a journalist among the White House press corps with the spine to ask Obama’s spokesman, Jay Carney, “Has Obama ever, under any circumstance and in any context, used a derogatory reference in regard to another race, religion or ethnic group, or member thereof?”
Obama and Wright
Assuming that Carney has read Obama’s autobiography, and assuming that he knows anything at all about Obama’s lifelong associations with Afro-centric spewers of racist hate, he will respond to that question with a blank stare.
Obama is a certified disciple of hate, a protégé of Jeremiah “G-d Damn America” Wright, the man who officiated at Obama’s wedding, baptized their two daughters and is credited by Obama for the title of his second autobiography, “The Audacity of Hope.” In that book, Obama describes Wright and his church as the “vessel carrying the story of a people into future generations and into a larger world.” He also alludes to Wright as a “father figure” he never had.
Wright calls America “the US-KKK-A” and says the nation is “controlled by and run by rich white people.” He then goes on, “Racism is how this country was founded and how this country is still run. We believe in white supremacy and black inferiority and believe it more than we believe in God.”
Clearly, had Wright’s message of hate not been exposed, Obama would have chosen him for the benediction at his first inauguration. Instead, he gave that job to Rev. Joseph Lowery, who claimed that he’d mellowed since declaring “all white people are going to hell.” (In fairness to Lowery, he now believes that “only most of them are going to hell.”)
Obama heads the list of consummate liberal hypocrites who prattle on about peace and harmony between those of different racial, ethnic and religious backgrounds, but constantly foments disunity between those groups in order to maintain the allegiance of his constituents.
He considers himself the modern day “Abe Lincoln” of race relations — and maybe he is, given that Lincoln was also a racist bigot (say it ain’t so!).
So, is there a Beltway journalist who will step up and insist that Obama be held to the same standard as poor Paula Deen — and then watch Carney squirm? Better yet, ask Obama directly — I guarantee a flurry of “uh, uh” mental pauses when he attempts to answer that off-teleprompter question.
Don’t hold your breath waiting on anyone in the White House press corps to venture there. If it weren’t for double standards, Leftists wouldn’t have any.
Meanwhile, the Zimmerman trial is about to be handed to the jury Friday afternoon. No doubt the members of that jury fear for their safety and life, and don’t want to be labeled as the people whose decision lead to race riots in Florida’s urban centers.
Should they find him innocent, federal, state and local law enforcement officials are bracing for riots in Broward and Dade counties — indicating that Obama and his Justice Department have apparently succeeded in their political objectives.
Footnote: In my short tenure as a young law enforcement officer, I was occasionally involved in the investigation and surveillance of hate groups, including the KKK. I know what the real faces of racism and bigotry look like — and they look nothing like George Zimmerman or Paula Deen. In fact, when I observed the first KKK rally as part of a federal and state initiative in 1983, I was shocked to learn that the rally leader and chaplain were from Massachusetts and Connecticut, respectively, not somewhere from the Deep South…
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