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Letter: Reaction to Paula Deen reprehensible

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Posted: Friday, July 5, 2013 3:37 pm | Updated: 4:29 pm, Fri Jul 5, 2013.

Paula Deen being unfairly ostracized for the documentation of a word she used in a private deposition when testifying to a robbery where she herself was the victim, 27 years ago. Then we had the President who conspired to have dalliances in his Oval Office with his intern, keeping his Presidency after ‘admittedly’ lying about it to Congress and the American people. The list goes on and on.

The ‘N’ word is just a word, a ‘slang’ word, derived from a word with legitimate meaning. It is in the dictionary and originates from the days of slaves being brought from Niger, Africa. It is believed to have originated from ‘slavers’ describing people captured in war, by Arabs, and African tribal chiefs in a region of west Africa, the Niger River valley. The proper name for these people being ‘Nigerois’ but it was corrupted by sailors employed on ships flying various European flags.

In modern times it may be used as a word of discredit, as are many English words which have been twisted in their meaning and end up being used in an unfavorable context but with no hullabaloo over their use. The ‘F’ word being even more debasing by it’s meaning.

We find uses of the ‘N’ word being used by blacks on a regular basis, whether it be on the news, reality shows, TV dramas or as an element of their life style.

Use of detrimental words and phrase are acquired from being exposed to them within a person's environment as well as being acceptable within their social groupings.

To be considered, Blacks of all social standings freely use the word to describe/discredit each other. Freely addressing whites as ‘honkies’, ‘crackers’, etc., with absolutely no repercussions or comments but as whites, how dare we. The shoe is on the other foot now.

Paula Deen is no bigot, a child of the South, speaking the language of the South.

The actions of her producers and sponsors are reprehensible, a demonstration of reverse discrimination, giving example to how weak-kneed and intimidated we’ve become as a White nation, all brought on by the intervention of the courts and government.

Barry Jones

Queen Creek

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