The Progressive Lynch Mob Claims Another Victim

pdCelebrity chef Paula Deen is a Georgia-based restaurateur, a self-made woman and national celebrity who has published fourteen cookbooks and hosted popular TV cooking shows on the Food Network for more than a decade. Known for her gregarious personality and folksy southern charm, Deen has performed charity work on behalf of poor people and minorities across the United States. She has donated massive quantities of food, money, and time to Second Harvest, an organization that distributes grocery products to the poor. She has given large donations to, and held fundraisers for, Blessings in a Backpack—a program that feeds elementary-school children from low-income families. This year she created the Bag Lady Foundation to help women and children in financial need. In each of these cases, a substantial percentage of the beneficiaries of Deen’s generosity have been African Americans. But thanks to a malicious law-suit, Deen’s irrepressible candor, and a nation-wide vilification campaign conducted by a civil rights lynch mob, she has been tarred and feathered as a “racist.” As a result, she is out of a job and out of pocket many millions of dollars in business revenues lost.

The campaign against Deen was triggered by a couple of answers she inadvisedly volunteered during a private deposition last month. The deposition was part of a $1.2 million discrimination/sexual-harassment lawsuit filed against her by a disgruntled former employee named Lisa Jackson. Jackson, a white woman, had managed a Savannah seafood restaurant owned by Deen and her brother. According to Jackson, the working environment at the restaurant was permeated by sexual innuendos and racial slurs. During her deposition, Paula Deen was asked by Jackson’s attorney if she herself had “ever used the N-word.” A person sensitive to the toxic environment civil rights vigilantes have created for white Americans—and particularly southerners—would have said “No,” particularly since Deen had never used the word in the course of her business. But Paula Deen is a transparently decent person, dangerously innocent of the racial mine fields into which the suit had transported her.

Instead of “No,” or “I don’t recall ever having used that word,” she replied, “Yes, of course.” She then explained that it happened a “very long time” ago. When asked for details, she said she had used the word in 1986 while recounting to her husband how she had been held up earlier that day by a black gunman at the bank where she was employed. In other words, she used the word in a private conversation with her husband twenty-seven years ago. She also admitted to telling or tolerating “off-colored jokes” of the kind that “we have all told.” (Indeed, TV comedians like Lisa Lampanelli have made racial humor their stock-in-trade, as have black comedians since Richard Pryor – but the butts of their jokes are white.) “But,” Deen added, that’s just not a word that we use as time has gone on. Things have changed since the ’60s in the South. And my children and my brother object to that word being used in any cruel or mean behavior. As well as I do.” If Paula Deen is a racist, every white, black, brown and yellow person in America is a racist too.

But that didn’t make any difference to the racial media vultures all the way from tabloids like the National Enquirer to publications of the elite culture like Salon and the New York Times. It began with an Enquirer story based on leaks by Jackson or her lawyer of Deen’s answers in her deposition. The Enquirer editors broke what they called a “bombshell revelation” of the chef’s “shocking racial scandal.” The credulous embrace of this Enquirer bombast, which normally would garner sneers from the arbiters of the mainstream culture, shows how in today’s poisoned racial atmosphere a gutter tabloid can become the gold standard on such matters. Instantaneously a derisive liberal clatter spread across the Twitterverse becoming fodder for the stories that followed. Without a shred of evidence, the Internet magazine Salon condemned “Deen’s history of casual, clueless racism,” portraying her “hurtful and demeaning” attitudes as reflections of America’s “stunning national glut of racial ignorance.” (More likely this characterization itself reflected the stunning lack of self-awareness of leftist character assassins as they go about their nasty business.)

An equally prejudiced commentary in the Chicago Tribune explained that, “poking fun at minorities comes naturally” to southerners, among whom “ignorance has been passed down through generations.” A Los Angeles Times column lectured that, “the racist attitudes that foster” Deen’s use of the N-word are “unacceptable,” and one in the New York Times referred to her as “Paula the Deep-Fried Boor.” Black Entertainment Television then proposed to read Deen’s mind, lamenting that her “dreams of antebellum paradise” are symptomatic of the fact that “the desire to turn the clock back is very much in fashion now.” For this absurd comment it adduced the evidence of recent efforts to pass “restrictive voter identification laws that would have made it more cumbersome for Black and Latino people to go to the polls.” The restrictive laws in question would require all Americans, including minorities, to use the same IDs they might use for purchasing a car or a house, or securing a motel room, or getting a driver’s license, or receiving food stamps and other welfare benefits as the case might be.

But it was on Twitter that the only racism that is privileged to express itself in the nation’s media enjoyed a field day as countless compassionless wiseacres turned the name of Deen’s TV show—Paula’s Best Dishes—into a hashtag parlor game with made-up recipes like “Back-of-the-Bus Biscuits,” “Some of My Best Friends Are Black-Eyed Peas,” “Separate but Equal Light & Dark Meat,” “3/5ths of a Flan,” “Hooded White Sheet Cake,” “Massa-Roni and Cheese,” “’Lettuce From a Birmingham Jail,” and “Key Lynch Pie.” This amusement at the expense of a woman whose lifetime of work and achievement was going up in flames only added fuel to the fires. Nor could the usual mob leaders pass on this one. Jesse Jackson even dispatched an attorney to Georgia to investigate the situation, as his Rainbow/PUSH organization rushed to judge, convict and execute Deen for “systemic racial discrimination and harassment,” again in the absence of any facts.

The unseemly outrage over a 27-year-old private conversation between a wife and her husband, contrasted sharply with the boundless tolerance her attackers showed for expressions of black racism that are not confined to private exchanges. Award-winning actor Samuel L. Jackson, for example, boasted last year that he had “voted for Barack [Obama] because he was black,” justifying his bigotry by alleging that whites only vote for whites (or for blacks who act like whites): “When it comes down to it, they wouldn’t have elected a nigger. Because, what’s a nigger? A nigger is scary.” No noticeable consequences followed on Jackson’s public confession of disdain for the white people who had just elected Obama. Unlike Deen he did not lose any lucrative commercial opportunities, but without a hitch continued as the spokesman for Apple’s popular iPhone. But then, being black and protected, Jackson had not been the target of a massive smear campaign either, so there were no business repercussions for Apple to consider. Nor have notorious racial arsonists like Al Sharpton — responsible for the deaths of seven victims of his racial incitements and currently an MSNBC anchor — suffered any apparent adversities for their serious malfeasances in a “sensitive” area.

As for Paula Deen, she is only one of several victims of public lynchings of non-blacks in the last few years. It hasn’t been that long since a black drug addict and petty criminal nearly succeeded in destroying the lives of three upstanding members of the Duke University lacrosse team whose only crime was being white. Accused by a discreditable street source of having raped and sodomized her during an off-campus party, the young men were thrown out of school, demonized in the press, and publicly denounced by 88 politically correct members of the Duke faculty as the heirs of slave-owners and white rapists of the past. Fortunately, the victims were able to hire lawyers, and after a year of abuse in the national media were able to clear themselves and begin to put their lives back together.

A similar display of attitudes recalling the cracker South of 60 years ago greeted the first news of the case involving Trayvon Martin, who was shot by a Neighborhood Watch guard named George Zimmerman in Florida. Immediately a progressive chorus began shrilling for Zimmerman’s head, although the facts were far from known, let alone adjudicated by a jury of his peers. The fact that a black man was involved as a possible victim was enough to produce an orgy of ugly accusations of white racism—even though Zimmerman was Hispanic and partly black and had to be recast as a “white Hispanic” to make the melodrama work. Martin himself had to be converted from a thuggish 6-foot teen who had been in trouble with the law into a horse-riding 12-year-old innocent, as virtually every media image represented him.

According to race hustlers like Jesse Jackson, “blacks [were] under attack,” “killing us is big business,” and it was time for “justice.” Celebrities like Carmelo Anthony, Lebron James, P. Diddy, Jamie Foxx, and Arsenio Hall tweeted expressions of outrage to their millions of fans. Celebrities Spike Lee and Roseanne Barr went a bridge further and tweeted Zimmerman’s home address, perhaps hoping that some outraged lunatic might exact the revenge they were apparently seeking. While the trial of George Zimmerman is just beginning, the public verdict is pre-determined. If Zimmerman is not found guilty of second-degree murder, racism will have triumphed.

Ultimately, it wasn’t an Al Sharpton or a Jesse Jackson who destroyed the public career of Paula Deen. It was the lynch mob that the civil rights movement has become and that has turned its values upside down. These are manifest in the orgies of venomous self-righteousness that rise to the surface every time an opportunity presents itself to dramatize a problem that was effectively put to rest a generation ago. Yes, there are racists among us and no doubt always will be. But they are not simply white, and they do not limit their poisonous words to private conversations with their husbands in closeted circumstances twenty-seven years in the past.

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  • Paula

    Mrs. Deen couldn’t fall all over the Obamas more. You lay with dogs, you get fleas.

  • Sam

    Agree with others below. I can’t have empathy for an Obama supporter.

  • Anamah

    I am shocked of the cruelty of these Progressive mobs; what an incredible case of hypocrisy and insensitivity…

    The left and Progressive is too much powerful and sadist. You dig in these souls and can’t find a shred of compassion.

    As a hyenas pack running after the hunt!

  • ziggy zoggy

    If Deen said “n!gger” ten times in every sentence she uttered, then would be awarded her own show on Comedy Central instead of the Food Network. But only if she were “Black” instead of White. Every Black comedian and rapper on the planet says n!gger every chance they get and then some.
    And there is no such thing as the “N word.” Only the F word warrants an acronym euphemism. “White trash,” “cracker” and even “White mother^cker” are completely acceptable slurs according to the same racists and retards who have been lynching Paula Deen.
    If Walmart stops selling her pound cakes I will stop shopping there. I have limits to how much anti-White political correctness I will tolerate.
    F^ck anybody weak enough to disagree with me.

    • EarlyBird

      It’s not a double standard between a black person being allowed to use the word “nigger,” while a white person is pilloried for it. Fairness requires treating the same things in the same manner, and these are not the same things. I really, really dislike anyone using that word – including black comedians – but the black person has co-opted it from the white racist usage and is using it differently. Context is everything.

      If you want to say that there is plenty of racism among black people, I’ll go along 100% with that comment. There are also a lot of non-racist, wonderful black people, which surely you’ll agree with.

      • ziggy zoggy

        Blacks are commended for saying “nigger” while Whites are excoriated for doing the same. Don’t try to Beckel the issue.

  • Daniel Earley

    pundits, comedians, actors, and professors are given a pass and even
    celebrated for making racist, hate-filled comments about whites.
    Meanwhile, the slightest slip of the tongue that could possibly be
    interpreted as a racial slur against blacks has ended the political and
    professional careers
    of numerous whites. Such unfortunate whites are tarred and feathered
    in the mainstream media — forced to beg for forgiveness while humbly
    bowing and kissing the rings of Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson. What a
    sickening visual.

    Americans agree that racism is wrong, which a majority have expressed
    by electing a black president. But somehow, black America is given a
    pass, allowed to be racist. This is wrong and evil. Racism should not
    be tolerated from whites or blacks.

    American education system is infested with hated-filled racists who
    hate America as founded. I am talking the likes of professors
    Salamishah Tillet and my friend’s son’s middle school teacher.
    Passively continuing to allow and fund their access to our precious
    kids is insane.

    Quoting Susan Powter, the ’80s fitness guru, America, it’s time to “stop the insanity!”

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  • Eva

    I feel so sorry for Paula Deen. She has done nothing wrong. For any righteous lib who visits this forum and posts his/her degenerate pot-induced nonsense, keep in mind that you, too, would call that black man with an illegally obtained gun a “n****r”. I know I would. And I am hoping that blacks themselves do see a difference between “black” and “n****r”. I KNOW that a lot of my fellow Americans feel the same way. I am a white immigrant, and I came to the U.S. many years ago with no inclination to racism whatsoever. But when you tune in to evening news and every single night see mostly blacks burglarize, rape, murder, defraud and cheat the system, you begin to form opinions. That’s right: opinions based on reality around us. So, do I profile now? You bet. Profiling saves lives. This idea should appeal to liberals. They love to save lives. And, by the way, why isn’t there a moral indignation about the anti-white slurs Chris Rock uses all the times?

  • ziggy zoggy

    Exactly. He deserves any punishment except a racial slur.

  • Everett Vulgamore

    incredible how a harmless remark from 27 years ago has branded her as a racist by the liberal media for life. this world i grew up to makes me sick

  • Seek

    The anti-racist (read: anti-white) shock troops must have worked overtime on this one. Everyone, black and white alike, has used the word “nigger.” Have I ever used it? Of course I have. Hell, Richard Pryor in his prime used the word “nigger” in a single hour during one of his stand-up routines more often than I have during my lifetime.
    The whole affair is about smothering spontaneity, of stifling conversation. This is the totalitarian impulse in action.

  • tanstaafl

    If you didn’t vote for Obama, you must be a……..

  • Roderick Bateman

    Look at all this anti-whitism. In the 60’s, anti-whites forced ALL and ONLY white countries to bring in millions of non-whites. Then anti-whites forced ALL and ONLY white people to “integrate” or face penalties for being “naziswhowantokill6millionjews.” Now anti-whites are praising and counting down the days till ALL and ONLY white children are minorities and extinct EVERYWHERE. That makes it genocide. “Anti-racist” is a codeword for anti-white.

  • Giles Blyzzard

    I heard that Mr. Hymietown Jackson has said that Paula Deen could redeem herself. That’s mighty white of him.

  • American1969

    Seriously? Paula Deen is being punished for something she said TWENTY-SEVEN years ago? Give me a break!
    If that’s the case, there are PLENTY on the Left that need to go—-and have needed to go for some time.
    This entire thing is stupid, and it shows the race hustlers for what they are. Pathetic. Why don’t they clean up the act in their own communities before screaming about someone else?

  • tanarur

    Of course the whole case has the whiff of Kafka about it. However, since Ms. Deen actively supported and campaigned for BHO in 2008, I really cannot feel sorry for her. This is what she wanted, I guess she just thought she had bought immunity for herself.

  • ceecee

    As a Southerner, I was raised to respect blacks and all races, and while that may have not been popular in the 60’s, my parents understood that all human life was sacred before God, something much lost in many parts of the north.. So before you go and throw stones at Ms. Deen, you should examine your own lives.

  • Watermelonbeast

    I guess anyone who has watched Blazing Saddles more than once is a certified racist.

  • ssohara

    I never liked her show. In terms of Southern recipes, I thought the Neelys’ were better. However, on the rare occasions I watch the Food Network, I watch either Alton Brown (he appeals to my geekiness) or Barefoot Contessa.

    All that being said – I can’t believe the rancor directed at this woman. First of all, why do her private conversations matter, anyway? Are we now going to have thought police and spouses and children informing on family? Welcome to the Soviet states of America, Comrade!

    Racism exists. I grew up in NYC and moved to the deep South 20 years ago after graduating from college for my first job. I had no clue how much more racist it was! I’m not black but I am a “minority” and I was called a “ni**er” a couple of times wihle I lived in the deep South. I also saw a KKK rally in a small Southern town I was driving through. Did these things bother me? Yes, they did.

    Yet, I still defend Paula. Why? She also has first Amendment rights.

    Personally, I seriously doubt she is a racist. She probably grew up hearing that word and it slipped out when she was stressed out and angry (as anyone would be after being robbed at gunpoint!), but that doesn’t mean it was part of her daily language, or that she held any discriminatory feelings against black people.

    But even if Paula IS a racist – she can only be tried for her ACTIONS and how they have directly hurt others. I think racism is awful and evil, don’t get me wrong – but if someone hires black people, treats them with respect and courtesy, promotes them, etc., even though he or she makes disparaging remarks against them to his or her spouse – then no harm has actually been done. There is no crime.

    Is it hypocritical? Yes, but civilized society depends to a degree on hypocrisy.

    As far as hurting black people – black rappers who use that word as well as defining black women as ‘hos, etc., probably do more damage to blacks than Paula has ever done. Yet these people are celebrated.

  • yestradamous

    If it was still a word to get upset over, here in 2013, you’d think black people would stop using it, too.
    It must not hurt their ears that badly.

  • 1Indioviejo1

    The racist lynch mob determine to destroy George Zimmermann has never had scruples to burn LATINOS. LATINOS on the other hand are constantly intimidated by the “brothers” in any supervisory position in the labor force. Will Latinos ever stand up for Zimmermann? I doubt it. The stupid masters of the Civil rights organizations are too venal and pusillanimous to stand up to the negroes. At least in the inner cities such as L.A., AK-47’s are the great equalizers.

  • danshanteal

    Show me a person who says he isn’t racially prejudiced and I’ll show you a liar.

  • ElizabethMC

    The N word…as in nincompoop, nincompoop.

  • 20pizzapies

    LOL….”Progressives lynching Deen ” ? WHO are all those big businesses that are bailing out on her ? All the Corporate Cowards bailing out like rats on a sinking ship .
    I don’t think it fair for her to be destroyed over past errant words spoken in private conversations ….do any of you ? Congressmen have been doing it for the past decades ,but wise enough to use codewords .
    But go an tell that to the Big Businesses execs whose arses you all have been kissing. THEY are the ones bringing about her financial ruin , not the so called progressives that you hypocrites are citing as the blame .

  • desertgoldwing

    The stinking Left will not be satisfied until Paula and anyone else deemed to have committed a “crime against the people” are paraded in the streets with shaved heads and signs around our necks announcing our “crimes” to the world! When we are Kow Towed into utter silence and submission (hmmm… maybe that’s why they so love the Sharia crowd!?) then perhaps they will be satisfied. (Naaaa!!!!)

  • Steve Bryant

    Earlybird, how does someone take offense at being called the “word” while defending the thug culture that defines them as such? It’s almost as absurd as the thought of the Black Congressional Caucus sitting around a table and complaining about prejudice and exclusion. Lol , you just can’t make this stuff any better than it is. We are living in a mad house.

    • EarlyBird

      Is anyone but the thugs themselves defending the thug culture?

      Why does anone need to use the word, anyway? If we want to condemn the black thug culture – and we should – let’s just call them “thugs,” or “black thugs” and tell them to stop committing crimes and to pull up their pants and use standard English.

      • Meekrob

        Oh but that would be “racist,” a word which has been so bastardized by the left that it no longer has any meaning.

  • onecornpone

    The PC Food Nazis of the Left have been gunning for Deen for years, because she is gleeful about high calorie indulgence, laughing heartily about using gobs of butter and deep frying bacon. Being a natural comedian, that was her schtick, but several months ago they tried to take her down when she announced she has Type 2 Diabetes, opining she deserved to die for giving people pleasure through her artform, food.

    Personally I lost interest in her when it became clear that she was a Jimmah Carter loving Democrat. Too damn bad that side of the aisle have no idea who are and are not their allies. I seriously doubt the woman had ever voted (R) or (I) in her life. I hope she leaves them in the dust for a new career making fun of her former political allies. I wonder how much she had donated to o-Hole’s campaign?

    A trip to Oprah’s couch will fix it.

  • Steve Bryant

    ZZ, the N word apparently is offensive to those who are ashamed to be identified as belonging to a specific group. For example, is there a word that indicates that you are white that would be offensive to you?
    No? Me neither. Sad to think there are so many people who are ashamed of who they are and who allow someone else to define who they are with a simple word. Hey, I guess the pen is mightier than the sword, eh?

  • defcon 4

    “Fairness requires treating the same things in the same manner,” is yet another example of your mendacious hypocrisy, considering your support of islamo-nazism, and demonization of anyone who opposes it and the non-orthogonal nature of islamo-nazi justice WRT women and anyone non-muslim.

    • EarlyBird


      You remind me of the simple-minded left-wing gnat I used to wrangle with on Slate who insisted that every time I denounced the latest Al Queda massacre, that I also denounce say, the fact that the US wiped out Native Americans, or else he charged me with engaging in “hypocrisy.”

      Now read this over and over until you get it, because I’m not going to help you out further:

      Not every criticism of X group requires automatic criticism of Y group in the same sentence just to be “fair.” If in conversation one denounces the horrors of Pol Pot, it is not to be assumed that he is dismissing the horrors of the Holocaust just because the Holocaust is not mentioned; it is just that the subject at the moment is Pol Pot.

      Now shoo!

  • Steve Fair

    Absolute nonsense. I’ve heard Bernard McGuirk and Howard Stern use the word ni88er on the air and get away with it scot free.

  • EamonnDublin

    I hear black comedians use the “N” word all the time! Many of them base almost their complete routine on racism. They use it to mock white people, but they do it in an underhanded, indirect manner. They also imply that the majority of white people are inherently racist, even stupidly racist. Why does nobody shout “Stop! Racist!”?. What’s sauce for the white man should also be sauce for the black man.

  • 20pizzapies

    He dimbulb , why don’t you go to any local Italian American Club , walk in and start calling them Grease Ball or Wop . Please report your results , that is if you have any teeth left in your mouth .
    Man you’re such an assshole ….does it hurt when you think ?

    • Meekrob

      You’ll never know, you fucking twit.

      • 20pizzapies

        Never know ? You just proved it you mindless imbecile.

  • simmss

    Do you see how this PC bull is destroying America as we remember it. Think of all the times blacks have used racial remarks including Jackson and Abernathy. Let us not forget the infamous Louis Farakan. Do we ever see these people losing their jobs or even being held accountable for their racists remarks? After reading the facts on this woman, I have changed my mind and am totally behind her. Why do the 12 % of the population run rough shod on the rest of the country while 80% sit back in apathy until it boomerangs on them?

  • Ziggy Stardust

    Fine article, but the lynch mob is the wrong analogy. The Paula Deen media trial and George Zimmerman media trial are have their basis in the show trials of the Soviet Union in the French Revolution. They are designed to demonstrate the power of the Left and to intimidate opponents and advocates. Paula Deen and George Zimmerman are Democrats being prosecuted by the Left , just Communist Party members and French Revolutionaries were prosecuted by the Left.
    This intimidation is effective. It allows the Left to commit voter fraud while destroying advocates of reasonable voter I.D. laws by calling them racists. Similarly targeting of chick-fil-a sent shock waves of intimidation.

    (Then again, lynching was a form of general intimidation, but the analogy is highly charged)

  • ziggy zoggy

    Geek, maybe you can explain why you believe left-wing racism is mythical.

  • Soldier

    The Real Racists of America are exposing themselves, and they work for MSNBC. We have morons in America that claim you can’t defend yourself if someone breaks your nose, and throws bashes your skull on concrete.