June 24, 2013
"I confess myself refreshed to hear Paula Deen respond “Yes, of course,” when asked if she used the word “nigger.” We have conditioned ourselves on a kind of magic wherein we believe that racism is a matter of kindness and prohibitive vocabulary—as though a hatred of women can be reduced the use of the word “bitch.” But what does a country which tolerates the terrorism of Southwest, Georgia expect? What does a country whose left wing’s greatest policy achievement was made possible by an embrace of white supremacy really believe will happen to children raised in such times? What do we expect in a country where many find it entirely appropriate to wear the battle-flag of the republic of slavery?"

Ta-Nehisi Coates

12:31pm
  
Filed under: Paula Deen Racism History 
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