What is it about slavery that Americans just can’t let go of? Is it a fond remembrance for “the good old days” when employers held so much power over their slaves they could literally do anything at all and get away with it? Why does it seem so many schools have had similar incidents?
Sign for “colored” waiting room at a Greyhound bus terminal in Rome, Georgia, 1943. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Here’s a linkto a recent story (from the Raw Story website) about a little girl apparently forced to participate in some kind of degrading slavery re-enactment, complete with racial slur yelling, discussions about whipping and beatings, even talk about cutting her feet so she couldn’t run away. I don’t know who was involved or to what extent, and I’m sure this is still being investigated (as well it should be).
I’ve never met walking-talking cartoon character Paula Deen, but after her public (in court testimony lawyers, so don’t come sniffing around my pen) admission to using the N-word in the past (in a legal matter revolving around claims of racist treatment, no less), I’m not sure I’d enjoy the experience.
It just seems that the more she tries to clean up her mess, the deeper she gets. Aint’ that rich?
paula deen cake (Photo credit: bunchofpants)
First she admits to using the racial epithet made famous through hundreds of years of racism in American society, then bails on an interview to supposedly explain, then reappears later when it becomes clear she stands to lose millions upon millions if she blows it off a second time.
Then in her “Today Show” appearance where she shows up, she seems okay and then starts blaming it on “young people,” and then begs people who judge her to go ahead and throw a proverbial stone right at her.
Gotta wonder how the lawsuit could go after this….
Is Paula Deen a racist? Who can say, but in my humble widdle opinion, if a woman uses the “N” word, admits to doing so in a court of law while being sued for discriminatory practices (no less), you have to wonder.
It certainly doesn’t help the billionaire celebrity chef/restaurant owner that she begged for forgiveness on YouTube, then took it down, scheduled an appearance on the Today show to explain herself and bailed, then tweeted about the wonders of watermelons and then took that down. So much for sincerity, huh?