(quote) Lynn-189934 said: Listen, I am not defending RACISM or CLASSISM, but its PART of our nation's heritage, good or bad, just like those nations (unnamed) that deny that they were part of Jewish concentration in Europe. The USA interred Japanese people. The town where I work, more heavily Swiss and Anglo in descent than German (unlike the town were I live), made a man with a German accent raise and lower the Ensign every day during World War II in the courthouse square to indicate alliance with the Allies! Unfortunate, but true.
Comic books of the World War II era showed stereotypes of black porters, Japanese, Mexican Nazi sympathizers. . . as propaganda to youth. . . in the 1930s, Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys frequently ran into "undesirables" who turned out to be the villains in many cases, who were black, Latino, or (horrors) with sallow skin, dark curly hair, and strong facial features (Jewish, Greek, or Italian). . . , or were unwilling to consort with Scotch, Irish, or black people as "lower class." As late as mid-century "Beulah," the black maid talked in pidgin on television, and low-brow Hazel, the servant, used poor grammar and social skills, indicating her lack of refinement, and John Forsythe's major domo spoke poor English for laughs. . . . these are all unfortunate, but true.
I'm from a rural area. Until about 10 years ago, "colored" was used regularly. Wrong, but true (I used to joke, you mean, like Rainbow Brite? when hearing the outmoded language).
What I'm saying is that a cultural anthropologist would see that Paula is a product of her time and generation, and if she used language in keeping with the customs of her upbringing as a young person, she was just enforcing societal standards taught to her at a young age IN that situation. If she did so as an adult and personality, then poor choice and I'm sorry for her. But to crucify her now for something that was a product of her times. . . .
While racism, derogatory and offensive terms are unfortunate, they were an acceptable part of culture in many areas for a long time, and not just in the US South. . . they are reality, and being a product of the community that raised you, may be wrong, but its reality. . . penance and the ABILITY TO CHANGE are what is important. I didn't always BELIEVE in the Eucharist as I do now, but I could change. . .
Lynn, when it comes to running a business, ethics plays a bigger role in how management does just that, more today than it did say when you were 21 years old. I studied business in college and ethical business practices are a required field of study. There are more laws in the field of business, and organizations like EEO have grown since then, they are going after businesses for unethical practices like what was going on with Bubba's oyster and seafood restaurant. The work environment there is what was the problem and Paula Deen would not discipline her brother. That is what the lawsuit was about, not her use of racial slurs in the past.
Even though the Food Network did Dump the Southern Bell less than one hour after she broadcasted her apology that is not the soul reason for dumping her. When the lawsuit went public the case was being monitored by the Network and unfortunately Paula gained a lot of bad publicity. Bubba Hiers was just out of line in his behavior and Paula, who Lisa Jackson did say that she never heard using racial slurs, was subject to accusations that she condoned his actions. One factor for this ongoing problem is that most of the employees feared that if they came out and made statements about the work environment, not only would they lose their job with Paula Deen, they wouldn't have been able to get work elsewhere. That being largely due to the fact that Ms. Deen paid her kitchen staff more than comparable area restaurants and she had a lot of influence in the city.
Another thing that came out is that after saying she would appear on the Today show Paula Deen did she has said publicly that she will appear Wednesday on the Today show, she abruptly cancelled an appearance last Friday. Later that day, she released a video apology to Matt Lauer and issued another, broader video apology in which she said hurtful language is inappropriate. That could have had more to do with why the Network canned her than something she did out of fear for life along time ago when she worked as a bank teller. While I do not agree with the way she is being punished is just, because I am aware that Paula did a lot of good charitable deeds, but the sad thing about justice and the law is that often what is just is not legal and often what is legal is not just. She is not the only one who has gotten in trouble for looking the other way. People in business are getting nailed now for that where in the past that wasn't the case. When it comes to business partnerships you can be held accountable for your partners bad conduct if you do not take necessary actions to correct the situation. You can be taken down with him/her.