New words, but old meanings
July 16, 2013 11:28 PM | 1016 views | 3 3 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Don’t worry John Mitchell, (Letter, “Freedom of speech no longer exists here,” July 9). Paula Deen is free to say anything she wants and she isn’t going to speech prison. Our Constitution guarantees us the right to be not only stupid but ignorant as well. Just because you have millions of dollars does not necessarily mean you are smart. In Paula’s own words “Ah is what I is.” Sadly what she “is” now is a financial liability to those who pay her millions to use her name and image. Those corporations and businesses are now exercising a free market principal by cancelling Paula’s contracts.

As someone who grew up in Georgia in the 1950s and ’60s Mr. Mitchell’s definition of the “n-word” as someone who refused to work or was a detriment to the community generally applied as I recall to anyone who wasn’t white or sufficiently humble. I remember the n-word in common speech as rather all-encompassing with the term “colored” used in print or to designate segregated facilities.

On the upside, the South has come a long way since those days. As Lee Atwater put it we are more “abstract.” Instead of the n-word we now use the terms “states’ rights,” “budget cuts,” “affirmative action,” “quotas” and “welfare,” it sounds much more sophisticated but means the same thing.

Dave Young


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Kevin Foley
July 17, 2013
Mr. Young nails it. Simmering just below the surface of all that so-called Southern gentility jive is hatred as palpable today as it was 60 years ago.

Just look at the far right media commentary in the wake of the Trayvon Martin miscarriage of justice. Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, Ted Nugent and all the rest aren't even trying to hide their racism as they dance on the grave of a dead, unarmed teenager.
Papermill gal
July 17, 2013
Just because you say it doesn't believe we are dumb enough to believe it, Foley.

You insult southerners, yet you make a living off of them. You insult your readers' intelligence each day you publish an illogical, emotion-driven whine. Just what DO you believe in? Your own vacation home, clients who fill your pockets and the fact that you are so self righteous in your liberal utopia. You don't believe in the goodness of people, you likely don't believe in the goodness of God and you clearly can't handle the truth.
Steve Rhinehart
July 18, 2013
Mr.Foley, the hatred you see is a reflection of you own attitude and belief. It has nothing to do with reality.

As to your asinine next comment, it is proof of your hatred. NOBODY IS CELEBRATING TRAYVON'S DEATH AND CERTAINLY NOBODY IS DANCING N HIS COFFIN.

You and your kind are the ones who keep the pot of racism stirred and teach our children to hate.
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