Paula Deen admits to using the word ‘Nigger’

Noted cooking show host, Paula Deen, known for her butter and sugar infused unhealthy Southern-style cooking, admitted to using the word ‘nigger’ in a court deposition. She and her brother are being sued by a former employee, Lisa Jackson, who said she was wrongly fired after racial and sexual harassment at their restaurant five years ago. Deen says “of course I have,” used the word in the past, once in reference to a man who robbed her bank when she was a teller in 1986. She also said that she hasn’t used it as a joke and doesn’t use the word anymore.

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She was skewered on Twitter yesterday when many followers posted racially charged versions of her recipes. Is this a serious issue? No. Should she be shunned and banished because of the admission? Maybe, at least that’s what the Food Network has decided to do with her contract renewal. In an update on June 21st, the Food Network released a statement that said they would not be renewing her contract. It doesn’t seem to be her use of the “n-word” that did it however. It seems more about how she felt there was nothing wrong with having an old-style “Southern plantation wedding” which included Black men and women dressed as butlers and maids. This coupled with the fact that she admitted to hearing her brother make inappropriate racial comments while at the restaurant seems to corroborate Ms. Jackson’s story.

However,  I would be surprised if any American had not used the n-word at least once, joking or otherwise. I can’t personally get upset about it though. To me the word “Black” is much more offensive in definition, yet people readily accept it. Plus, regardless of the way she grew up and the ignorant climate she was raised in, she seems to be pleasant on camera while she’s cooking tasty, yet unhealthy meals. She certainly has a talent for being a TV chef. Too bad it will face a severe set-back when she gets cancelled.  But still, it’s nothing to lose sleep over, she will be just fine. She has restaurants, and books and cookware products to fall back on. For more talk on the subject check out KRSONE talking about the subject in the clip below.

Kurt Nice

Kurt Nice aka Kurtiss Jackson is a behind the scenes pioneer in the Hip Hop Kulture, creating the first nationally distributed video mix tape series, Shades of Hip Hop, in the late 1990s. Since touring the country with the Stop the Violence Movement and the Temple of Hip Hop as KRS-ONE’s National Marketing Director, Kurt Nice has been a constant commentator on conscious Hip Hop and its relevance to the new rap music of today, through radio and cable appearances. contact Kurt at info@hiphoplives.net

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Kurt Nice aka Kurtiss Jackson is a behind the scenes pioneer in the Hip Hop Kulture, creating the first nationally distributed video mix tape series, Shades of Hip Hop, in the late 1990s. Since touring the country with the Stop the Violence Movement and the Temple of Hip Hop as KRS-ONE's National Marketing Director, Kurt Nice has been a constant commentator on conscious Hip Hop and its relevance to the new rap music of today, through radio and cable appearances. contact Kurt at info@hiphoplives.net

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