Paula Deen is an easy target for her own ‘proper society’ because her own ‘good people’ congratulate themselves on being ‘post-race’ — & now find her very presence discomforting because she exposes who her own proper people really are — hypocrites like her!

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Paula Deen sealed her fate not with her current deposition N-word recall, but when she put her gluttony fans at risk by exacerbating diabetes via her diabetes-rich cooking, so to speak — all the while having diabetes herself. 

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She “bailed” out of her diabetes-“gate” with tremendous PR spin via her “work” w/the American Diabetes Assn.   http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2012/01/19/diabetics-call-paula-deen-hypocrite-for-hiding-disease-while-promoting-sugar/ 

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But alas, Paula just doesn’t know how to stop shooting herself with miscue after miscue.    A clueless simpleton at heart is she, to say the least.

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Paula just jumped from the frying pan into the fire by parting with her agent  — actually, her agent parted with her in principle by her not listening to his cogent counsel   —

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/05/paula-deen-agent_n_3548708.html?utm_hp_ref=mostpopular

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/father-jim-oshea-cp/all-the-good-people_b_3519241.html?utm_hp_ref=religion

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All the Good People

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I find it maddening to watch the theatre surrounding the ‘execution’ of Paula Deen — a TV chef — for admitting that, at some point in her past, she used the n-word. She is being banished from ‘proper society’ because the ‘good people’ — those who congratulate themselves on being ‘post-race’- find her very presence, abhorrent.

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What angers me about all this hyperventilating about the n-word and the phony reactions of so many ‘good people’ who want to punish her is that it is simply an exercise in wishful thinking and conscience soothing.

Paula Deen is an easy target. Temporarily destroying her career is a soothing balm for a national soul tortured by what to do about the current scourge of racism and inequality that is not a remnant of the past but a policy of the present.

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And so what makes me angry is knowing how many ‘good people’ want to go to sleep believing that everything in the world of ‘race’ is ok — as long as people like Paula Deen are fired for using the n-word.  But the troubling truth is that the eradication of the n-word is not the magic bullet, and Paula Deen is not the enemy. As a matter of fact, she doesn’t even matter.  What matters is the systematic and cruel sets of conditions we ‘good people’ continue to allow to exist that willfully marginalize whole segments of the black community for life.

For some reason, we just can’t sleep well knowing Paula Deen is cooking, but, darn it, we seem to rest just fine as another generation of young people of color is left behind.  God, we should really be angry at that.

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Deen also admitted she was sure that she’d used the N-word since that incident. Jackson’s attorney (Jackson is White) responded by asking Deen to explain how the N-word might be used in a “non-mean way.”  Deen said she probably used the word while repeating a conversation between blacks. She said that her family does not discriminate against any race and object to the N word “being used in any cruel or mean behavior.”  Deen also mused about wedding plans for her brother with a “true Southern plantation-style theme” with black male servers but rejected the plans “because the media would be on me about that,” and denied having used the “N-word” when discussing the wedding waitstaff.

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Deen has faced extensive criticism for the high amounts of fat, salt, and sugar in her recipes.   She faced particularly strong objections with the release of Lunch-Box Set, a cookbook aimed at children, with Barbara Walters saying of the book, “You tell kids to have cheesecake for breakfast. You tell them to have chocolate cake and meatloaf for lunch. And french fries. Doesn’t it bother you that you’re adding to this?” Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain commented in 2011 that he “would think twice before telling an already obese nation that it’s OK to eat food that is killing us.”

On January 17, 2012, Deen announced that she had been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes three years before. It was also disclosed that Deen is a paid spokesperson for the Danish pharmaceutical company Novo Nordisk, the main export of which is insulin.She was called a hypocrite for continuing to promote her high-sugar diet while disclosing her medical condition only when it benefited her in representing the drug company to market their diabetes management program.

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