Celebrity chef Paula Deen has been under fire because she admitted to using the N-word in the past while referring to African-Americans. Of course I find this whole episode very unsettling. I hate the N-word no matter who uses it—even when it is used by members of my own race.
But here’s the thing - as a Black woman I am having a problem condemning one person for using it while applauding others.
For instance, according to a NewsMax story on July 17, 2000, Arkansas Trooper Larry Patterson confirmed that he frequently heard Bill Clinton use "nigger" to refer to both Jesse Jackson and local Little Rock black leader Robert "Say" McIntosh.Longtime Clinton paramour Dolly Kyle Browning corroborated Patterson on Clinton's use of N-word: “Not only did he use the N-word, he called him a 'GD-N'.”
Browning also told NewsMax that President Clinton would regularly make derogatory comments about African-Americans in private. "He has used the 'N' word before. Bill would make snide remarks about blacks behind their backs."
Larry Patterson also said Hillary Clinton was no stranger to the N-word either. He said that he heard her use it many times. Yet, Bill and Hillary Clinton are both placed on high golden pedestals in spite of their racial slurs.
Television personality Paula Deen poses for a portrait in New York, Wednesday, April 7, 2010. (AP Photo/Jeff Christensen)
Democrat President John F. Kennedy is lauded as a proponent of civil rights. However, Kennedy voted against the 1957 Civil rights Act while he was a senator, he opposed the 1963 March on Washington by Dr. Martin Luther King and chose a racist for his Vice President. Lyndon B. Johnson became president after Kennedy’s assassination. Behind closed doors, Johnson said: “These Negroes, they’re getting uppity these days. That’s a problem for us, since they got something now [voting rights] they never had before. The political pull to back up their upityness.”
President Johnson felt he had to give blacks something but as he put it, “…a little something. Just enough to quiet them down, but not enough to make a difference.”
Lyndon B Johnson went on to say: “I’ll have those niggers voting Democratic for the next 200 years.”
Unfortunately, the truth is, Presidents Kennedy and Johnson were not very fond of Blacks specifically— they were just very fond of votes.
The point is, there are many people who make disparaging racial remarks some of them make those remarks in public, while most make them in private.
A few years back Senator Harry Reid privately described Barack Obama during the presidential campaign as a black candidate who could be successful thanks in part to his “light-skinned” appearance and speaking patterns "with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one."
What in tarnation is “Negro dialect?”
Bill Clinton said of Obama, "A few years ago this guy would have been getting us coffee."
In spite of Clinton’s numerous indiscretions, America hails him as one of the country’s most popular presidents ever.Of course, Reid apologized for his racist remarks about Obama and America apologized for slavery. I’m not sure if Clinton, Johnson or Kennedy ever apologized for anything but apparently they were forgiven and we moved on.
Paula Deen is not an elected official but she is a celebrity and we all know that celebrities constantly say and do the dumbest and most ignorant things.
She apologized. I accept her apology; let’s move on. Now, pass the Krispy Kreme bread pudding.
Day Gardner is president of the National Black Pro-Life Union.
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