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Thu Jun 27, 2013, 02:22 PM

"I Is What I Is"

For those of you who don't know the joke:

A black guy and a white guy are discussing if God is black or white. They argue and talk and finally get on their knees and pray to God to answer their question.

And they prayed and they prayed and suddenly God's voice spoke down from the heavens, "I AM WHAT I AM."

The white guy jumped up in glee and said, "See! I told you God is white!"

And the black man says, "He didn't say if he was black or white!"

And the white guy replied, "If he was black he would have said, "I IS WHAT I IS."

Yes. Paula Deen used a very well known, old, racist punchline as her excuse for being a racist.

I know Paula Deen is a self-made mess and the court of public opinion can be fierce in its punishment. But what I don't understand is how Paula Deen can use the N-word 20 years ago and be roasted alive by the punishing crowd (roast at 350 with sliced carrots and taters and baste with Paula Deen's Butter every 3-5 minutes) but then Senator Jeff Flake's Son can be a total racist, go by the name "N1ggerkiller" online and call Mexicans the "scum of the Earth" and that family totally gets away with it. Jeff Flake came out and said he was real sorry, his son apologized (to whom? The scum of the earth? Faggots? African Americans?) Or just to daddy? What was that apology? "I'm really sorry daddy, you're a Senator now and I know I'm supposed to pretend we're not racist. I'll do better next time at making sure we only talk like that at home."

But Paula's "apology" really comes down to this:. There are some people so steeped in their racist talk and behavior that they cannot see what they are doing is wrong. Their politician's kids go by "N1ggerkiller" and that is OK. Their tv news rants hate and racism all day long and that is OK. They don't want to change. They want to hang out with each other and run the country. They are what they are.

But they don't hold up well to the light. When people finally hear what they are saying the public is quick to shun. Paula Deen is rich and will be just fine. Nobody will care in a few months and she'll go back to her yard parties but I think we need to look at what happened to Paula Deen, how her corporate sponsors have fled in droves. I think we need to look at Rush Limbaugh and how his corporate sponsors have jumped ship like squeaky little rats. Their words of racism and horrible sexism were their own undoing. But why are these entertainers being held to a standard of behavior that the GOP is violating every day? Blatant acts of racism, sexism, classism (which probably isn't a word but I refuse to bend to Miriam Webster) are going on every day by our elected officials.

While the Paula Deens and the Rush Limbaughs crash and burn by their own behavior, perhaps it is our politicians we should be holding up to the light. Their words are the words we should be forcing out into the light. And, as we hold up their words and beliefs for the world to judge, perhaps, finally, we will see their corporate sponsors scurrying away. Their words have already chased off Latinos, Blacks, Gays and other voting blocks. As Paula Deen spirals out of control, shedding sponsors and friends every step of the way, so should it be with every Politician who works hard to undermine the rights of Americans every day.

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Response to DonRedwood (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 02:42 PM

2. Pardon all my edits.... I think I need a copy editor!

Sorry about all the edits. I used some particularly terrible grammar and I had to do some fixin'.

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Response to DonRedwood (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 02:44 PM

3. paula deen can eat butter coated, breaded shit for all i care

 

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Response to datasuspect (Reply #3)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 02:52 PM

4. I'm not a fan...her food is poison. But the backlash is interesting.

As is the backlash against Limbaugh. Something is happening in how the media/internet spreads news, its all changing. So, I find these two high-profile cases of public backlash important. If for nothing more than to study how it happened and how the containment failed.

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Response to DonRedwood (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 03:01 PM

5. A different comparison would have been helpful.

Paula Deen spewed those words herself. Jeff Flake's son is...his son. Paula Deen is a national (international?) celebrity that makes money for corporations and other wealthy people...and stuff with butter. Jeff Flake's son is...an immature, racist little bigot.

Jeff Flake is here, in Arizona, where racism is met with a snicker and a pat on the back. Where white supremacy has been uncovered and covered up in politics since...forever.

Jeff Flake is facing a possible recall (yeah, right). Not because of his little racist son...because he supports amnesty.

Other than that, you're spot on. Politicians get off with faux apologies, 'it was just a joke' and 'I didn't create the email, I just forwarded it.' Sadly, the reason they get away with it the voters. If Paula Deen ran for office in Arizona, she'd get elected not in spite of her racism, but because of it.

DISCLAIMER: Not all of Arizona, nor all of Arizonans is or are racist tools. I live in the reddest part, so I'm surrounded by it.

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Response to DonRedwood (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 03:07 PM

6. Apples to Oranges.

A dumb-fuck, racist, sexist, homophobic GOP politician need only appeal to 50% +1 of his or her own constituents. A business, on the other hand, cannot possibly afford to lose 50% -1 of its market share, or anywhere near that much. Also, businesses generally advertise to a much broader base than any single politicians constituency.

Paula and Rush had to be dumped for their sponsors to survive. On the other hand, a racist politician, no matter how detestable he or she may be to the nation at large, can only be dumped by his or her own constituents, a majority of whom very likely support the racist, sexist, homophobic views off their representative.

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Response to Brewinblue (Reply #6)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 03:21 PM

7. Yes, but we only have to appeal to 50%+1 and it flips the other way

AKin is a good example of making sure that the message gets out.

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