Paula Deen’s Racism Spurs the ‘All Southern Whites Are Racist’ Narrative…Again

English: Image of Paula Deen taken as part of ...

English: Image of Paula Deen taken as part of a public relations campaign for the nonprofit group Civitan. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I just wanted to make a point to mention the Paula Deen story that is making headlines today.

Paula Deen is an old southern racist, for sure. There’s no doubt about it from what the deposition and news is reporting. Unless there are falsehoods in the reports, we can all agree she didn’t get the memo about the fight to end racism and derogatory terms being used to describe people of other skin colors. However, I see a lot of left-leaning blogs and “media” outlets trying to use this as an opportunity to point out how racist all white people are; especially those from the South.

I have a few things to say about that.

  1. Just because some ignorant turd decides they are too set in their ways to change how they feel about black people, does not mean that every white or white-ish person from the South thinks that way. Most of us don’t use skin color to discriminate, attack, stereotype, or assign political affiliations. Most of us look at a person’s character and make judgements based on their actions instead of using racial labels.
  2. I am not a white person, a cracker, or a racist Southerner. Using those labels to describe me is no less offensive than if I were to do it to someone else. You cannot tell the race of a person or their ethnic background based, only, on their outward appearance. For those that know me, they can attest that I am pretty pale skinned, in the winter. In the summer, my family’s potluck of ethnicities comes out. I have Puerto Rican, Native American, and Irish flowing through my veins. I’m not just a white chic. My point is this: racial labels are less accurate these days than ever before. Just because a person’s skin color appears a certain way does not mean they are white, black, hispanic, asian, or whatever else. Look at the President of the United States, who is a mix of a white mother and black father. Is he black just because his skin is darker? Or is he white with a great tan? Maybe we should stop using those labels for everyone, period. Not just for black people.
  3. This part is going to piss off some of the lefties that think whites are racist, no matter what. So, here goes…Can we please, please, please stop the hypocrisy??  I’m so tired of hearing how horrible it is for a white person to use the “N-word” term to describe a black person but five seconds later, a black person greets another black person by saying something like, “Wuzzup nigga!”. Do you really expect people to take you seriously when you claim it is such a derogatory term when the very same people who claim to be offended by it are using it as a term of endearment and affection?! Also, the excuse given to me most of the time when I bring this up is, “well, its okay for black people to use it because they’re black. When white people use it, its offensive because it’s what white people called blacks during slave days.”  Really? Can you explain why Jews don’t go around calling each other by their derogatory terms or hispanics or asians? Why are black people the only ones excused for using derogatory terms that nobody else is allowed to use? It’s hypocritical and unexcusable.

Fact is that no one should be using any of these derogatory terms to describe anyone else. No black on black use, no black on white, no white on black. None. Period.

It would also be beneficial if there was a general consensus as to what is a racist term and what isn’t. Some blacks get mad when you call them black, while others don’t want to be called African American. This kinda coincides with a previous blog post I wrote about a little girl in my daughter’s school who called her teacher a racist because she used the term black instead of African American. Constantly changing what is considered okay and what is a racial slur does not help the campaign to end racism in this country.

The majority of Americans just want people of all races and ethnic backgrounds to exist together without constantly walking on eggshells and the fear that they may inadvertently use a racist term they didn’t know existed.

Paula Deen used a derogatory term, many times. No doubt. She IS a racist. No doubt. She is NOT every white person. No doubt.

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8 thoughts on “Paula Deen’s Racism Spurs the ‘All Southern Whites Are Racist’ Narrative…Again

  1. The ancestors of William (white man) and Elizabeth Grinstead (African-European woman), Emmanuel Rodriguez (African man), best known as Emmanuel Driggers, George Galphin (white man with a African woman), Jan Van Salee (white man with an African Muslim wife), Peter van Meerhof (white man with an African wife, Adam Rogers (African-European man), and Joseph Pendarvis (white man with an African woman) are not going to like this.

  2. Good post. I recently posted about an experience I had in a diner in which I was called racial slurs and spoken to in a derogatory manner by a black woman.

    http://tarnishedsophia.wordpress.com/2013/07/10/weird-experience-at-the-diner-yesterday/

    While I agree with the definition of racism as “power + prejudice” when talking about institutionalized racist actions, I feel it is insufficient when used to deal with minority on white issues and minority on minority issues. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this!

  3. Re: Just because some ignorant turd decides they are too set in their ways to change how they feel about black people, does not mean that every white or white-ish person from the South thinks that way.
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    I wish that this were true. Unfortunately the public expression of racism has been pushed out of sight by the civil rights laws and swift punishment but it is still there underpinning southern society and every once in a while it raises its ugly little head.

    • Ya know what…nevermind. I’m not even getting into this conversation with you. It’s clear that you have some sort of belief that every white, almost white, or sort of white person is racist…except you of course.
      Do me a favor and stop commenting with your accusations of racism. I really don’t care to read them anymore.

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