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Saturday, June 22, 2013

6/20/2013 - Personal Opinion Post

I once had a friend tell me this was my blog and I had the right to post what I wanted on it.  I normally try to post in a manner that I don't offend anyone.

This post may not fit that mold.

Some of you or perhaps all of you will know who Paula Deen is.  For anyone who does not know, she is/was a personality on Food Network. 

She is from Savannah, Georgia and built a very successful business and after becoming a part of Food Network she has built an empire.  Well done Paula.  She started out as a single mother with two small sons and didn't give up, but worked her way to to who she is now. 

Paula has been embroiled in a conflict due to the firing of a white employee who then said Paula was racist and used racist terms.  Paula is white.  When asked, Paula said (my paraphrasing) yet, I am sure I have long ago.  Boy oh boy has the sh_t hit the fan.  There are other things also, but who would expect less.  You are 66 and grew up in the south.  Of course you learned and used certain terms.  That was the environment.

Now, here is the posting I put on Facebook this morning.  As we age and form our own mindsets we change from where we were to where we are.

This world is getting worse and worse. I grew up in a home where black people were called "nigger". It was not meant mean. Later my mother told me that was a bad word and to use the word "negro" which was proper. Later still in my growing time my mother said that is wrong to say (by the was I am talking years here). She said they were colored people.

Now take a moment and think about it, this is how she was brought up. As the years went by she changed and changed her teaching of me.

Still later I was of a age to learn on my own and found out we were suppose to use the word "blacks". Later yet it was changed to "African American".

I am confused. I have heard Ohpra and Whoopie say "people of color". There is an organization called the NAACP (National Association For The Advancement Of Colored People".

Come on people, lets call people what they are - PEOPLE.

By the way, how can you be an African and American at the same time? How can you be a Mexican and American at the same time? How can you be a Irish, German, Englishman, etc. etc. etc. (this would be me) at the same time? Well, I am NOT all of the above. I am an AMERICAN and proud of it.

There, I am off my stump. If you don't like what I had to say, unfriend me and don't talk to me. That won't bother me at all. You have a right to your thoughts.

I am tired of everyone wearing their feelings on their shoulders.  If you know me you know I am FAT.  I have been FAT for many years.  I have heard comments and chuckles over the years and could really care less.  I am not going to moan and groan because someone says something about it.  I am not going to try to sue anyone.  I am just going to continue living my life.

Starting with my next post, they will go back to normal along with my sometimes weird sense of humor.

2 comments:

  1. I am white. On the US Census I checked my race as "other" since they had "African American" listed instead of black. There are white African Americans also. What a stupid term. If blacks are African American, then I am other aka German/Scottish/American.

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    1. Thank you Debbie for your comment. I wish I had thought to answer "other".

      Gosh, you almost get me started again. I also hate having to press one for English.

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