Paula Deen's racist comments

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I didn't think that would hold unless her team had some people who were actual victims lined up to testify. I honestly don't know how the court system works (hell, half the time I don't understand it) but I personally would not find it fair for one person to ask for $$$$$$$$$$$$ because other people were victims of racial discrimination. That strikes me as a little selfish and odd. If you're going to ask someone to pay, make sure it actually goes to the victims of the alleged discrimination, rather than someone in ear shot.
When I hear terms like "hipster" I think, who told cliques they could leave high school??

Yes, but isn't she also saying that she was sexually harassed?
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I didn't think that would hold unless her team had some people who were actual victims lined up to testify. I honestly don't know how the court system works (hell, half the time I don't understand it) but I personally would not find it fair for one person to ask for $$$$$$$$$$$$ because other people were victims of racial discrimination. That strikes me as a little selfish and odd. If you're going to ask someone to pay, make sure it actually goes to the victims of the alleged discrimination, rather than someone in ear shot.
Originally Posted by Fifi.G
I think the point is that racially/sexually/etc. offensive remarks can create a hostile work environment for everyone (based on a "reasonable person" standard).

Who is to say if Black ppl came fwd to corroborate this, they wouldn't be killed or further harrassed? Maybe she is the only one, a nonBlack, who felt empowered enough to blow the whistle.
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Last edited by spiderlashes5000; 08-15-2013 at 04:35 PM.
Yes, but isn't she also saying that she was sexually harassed?
Originally Posted by Lotsawaves
Yes, she claims she was directly a victim of sexual harassment, by Bubba, and the judge allowed that to stand.
When I hear terms like "hipster" I think, who told cliques they could leave high school??

I didn't think that would hold unless her team had some people who were actual victims lined up to testify. I honestly don't know how the court system works (hell, half the time I don't understand it) but I personally would not find it fair for one person to ask for $$$$$$$$$$$$ because other people were victims of racial discrimination. That strikes me as a little selfish and odd. If you're going to ask someone to pay, make sure it actually goes to the victims of the alleged discrimination, rather than someone in ear shot.
Originally Posted by Fifi.G
I think the point is that racially/sexually/etc. offensive remarks can create a hostile work environment for everyone (based on a "reasonable person" standard).

Who is to say if Black ppl came fwd to corroborate this, they wouldn't be killed or further harrassed? Maybe she is the only one, a nonBlack, who felt empowered enough to blow the whistle.
Originally Posted by spiderlashes5000
She might be, I don't know, but with all the publicity in this case the millions of dollars that could result from suits, I would not see that as being highly likely. Again, just speculation, but it was all over the TV from the get go, and if people joined in, and were publicly noted, and then harmed... That would lead to some major trouble.

I'm not saying that maybe some didn't feel comfortable coming forward. Idk, I am not there. Just as it stands, I didn't think that part would be allowed if Lisa was the only one backing the claim. It would be a little odd to award her money for discrimination that happened to someone else.
When I hear terms like "hipster" I think, who told cliques they could leave high school??

I see your point on the discrimination. Hopefully, they'll be found guilty on creating a hostile work environment and sexual harassment.
From Michael Berg:

Every person has a unique connection to the Creator that can never be extinguished, and every person has a great soul that can manifest important things in our world. To make a person feel less than they are because of something inside themselves, be it faith, race, or sexual orientation, is the greatest sin of all."
I see your point on the discrimination. Hopefully, they'll be found guilty on creating a hostile work environment and sexual harassment.
Originally Posted by Lotsawaves
It's just one of those situations. With no one actually named, or no one that came forward, as being racially discriminated against... It's pure he said/she said and speculation. One can wonder/speculate that she is doing this on behalf of others that might not want to come forward, but you could never know, and you would never know if the people deserving of the settlement ever got one single dime of it. All they know for sure is a woman who wasn't actually racially discriminated against is seeking a settlement because others were, and because she was sensitive to it due to the fact that she has bi-racial nieces, who are young, and not employed by the Deen/Heirs family. That's not sufficient when looking at the claim of racial discrimination and treatment of black employees.


The Sexual Harassment case is, from what I can gather, strictly against Bubba. We'll have to see what comes of that.
When I hear terms like "hipster" I think, who told cliques they could leave high school??


If you are in the 1%, good for you. No racial slurs for white people. Who are you fooling, black people use them all the time. I strongly doubt she's proud of having used the word. My only point is she admitted she used it. But using it alone does not make you a racist.
Originally Posted by bobby
I think I sort of agree with you lol. She recognized it, apologized about it, and wants to move forward. That is clearly positive. No, I don't think using the "n" word automatically means that someone is going to go out in their white hood and coat and start searching for black people. But being bi-racial, when you hear the "N" word come out of someone's mouth, you have to wonder, why did you say that? It is a derogatory term. Why must you generalize someone and degrade them like that? In a way, it dehumanizes an individual. What deeper opinion did this word come from? So in that sense, I don't agree with you. But I think that is because we might have different experiences concerning the word. Experience will make or break how someone reacts to a word or any stimuli. As a side note, this doesn't just come from Paula Deen's comment, but to anyone's comment- white or black.

But to dig deeper, I don't know why Paula Deen used the word. I don't want to believe that she wanted to dehumanize the individual that she said it to. That being said, I understand for business reasons, trying to shut her down for everything, since it was such a 'scandal,' people are going to associate her with using a nasty term. However, we, as humans, can move on from it. If she apologized, and sincerely meant it, I don't think completely taking everything away from her was the answer.
Originally Posted by Samanthascurlz
By no means am I saying she was right to use the word. Far from it. However, I do think Paula Deen is a product of the era (and region) she was raised in, though I don't condone using the "n" word and never have. Different generations think and act differently based on when they were raised. Many of them are not racist today. They were just acting and repeating what they heard. Education and life changed a lot of people over the years. That said, I believe she is genuine in her apology and nor should she have her life destroyed over something she said 30 years ago.
Originally Posted by bobby
I haven't finished reading this thread (so I apologize if it's redundant) but this has succeeded to raise my blood pressure.

Bobby, here are some of my fundamental disagreements with your statements:

1) Product of an era. I'm sorry, but just because the she came from "era" was even more azz backwards than today that oppressed people of color through education, violence, law, economic displacement, segregation, daily instances of dehumanization including but not limited to nasty racial slurs, all of which continues today... doesn't mean that she and the people that came from this era are somehow excused from it. That doesn't make any sense. Remember, it was the people of this era that were creating this environment. White people didn't have to oppress people of color. But they did. It was their choice. They are responsible. Racism is inexcusable I do not care what "era" you were born in. It is wrong and nothing gives you a freaking free pass.

2) "Many of them are not racist today." Statistically speaking, actually, yes most of them are racist today, and have children to whom they passed on their racism. They continue to promote, normalize and excuse racist beliefs, behavior and policy, today.

3) "That said, I believe she is genuine in her apology and nor should she have her life destroyed over something she said 30 years ago." Uhhhh how exactly do you know that she is "genuine" in her apology. It's easy to apologize for something when you see your career tumbling down and because your publicist tells you to do it.

4) Your comments are very racist-apologist. Quite frankly, you are part of the problem.
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