By: D. Rhae
This whole ordeal with Paula Deen did not anger or surprise me. Racism is still alive and well in the hearts of many, so discovering that she and her brother are tied up in a law suit for racial and sexual harassment not to mention the use of the “N” word, and “little monkey” was definitely disturbing, but not surprising. I even chuckled when I read about her wanting a plantation style wedding for her brother. I thought to myself, “No she didn’t! That is ridiculous!”
What’s even more ridiculous is the ignorant comments and responses from various people on the web and social media, Black people in particular. We are so quick to fall for the okie doke. An older white woman cries, mentions God, and requests that a sinless person throw a stone at her head, and everyone wants to pity her. The media focuses on that 30 year old “N” word and in turn we focus on that as well. It’s like a switch, triggering that plantation mind-set, causing us to fall into our so-called “rightful place” of accepting racism in a package called, “Westernized Christianity,” a religion that is segregated or assimilated and deeply rooted in the unholy union of racism and Christian beliefs.
I guess everyone just forgot about everything else – the lawsuit, what her employees said, and most importantly, what has or has not come out of her very own mouth! The media is very tricky, everyone must stay vigilant when receiving information.
We are so focused on the gun that was put to Deen’s head so long ago, we don’t realize that the allegations brought against her in court are from 2005-2010, not 30 years ago! I will not go into the allegations, because there are many, but look up the statement of facts on the court documents entitled, Jackson-v.-Deen-et-al.Complaint (pdf).
Also, according to an article written by Fran Jeffries and Wayne Washington of the The Atlanta Journal-Constitution entitled, “Paula Deen Scandal Continues As Employees Tell Rainbow/PUSH Coalition Of Alleged Discrimination,” an investigation was conducted where evidence was found of systemic racial discrimination and harassment. And sure enough, the article stated that Deen could not be reached that day to respond to the allegations by Rainbow/PUSH.
But when she does decide to go to the media and speak, her wordplay does not exactly line up with the lawsuit deposition. In this deposition, she claims to have used the “N” word since having a gun to her head, but can’t remember the context in which she used the word. But after speaking on the TODAY Show, she says that she never said the “N” word after that 30-year-old incident.
If we look at the big picture here, we may be dealing with a condition of the heart. I remember my mom would always tell me that sometimes God’s judgment is His mercy. Only God knows when Deen will take her last breath and maybe, just maybe, God is giving her a chance to deal with the condition of her heart before she crosses over to the over side. With that in mind, pitying her will not help the situation.
Telling people they are blocking their blessings because they are disappointed or disgusted by the event – plantation mindset. Accusing people of being unforgiving because they do not want to tolerate that type of behavior – plantation mindset. Venting your fear for Deen’s black workers who no longer have a job under alleged harsh and cruel conditions because her empire is crumbling– plantation mindset. And coming to her defense because you’ve been to her restaurant and love her food– plantation mindset.
Don’t use my Lord Jesus and His Word out of context to pity her and subconsciously promote the continual acceptance of racism hidden in plain sight. God’s Word is not a whip to beat down the people who are shocked, disappointed, or disgusted – STOP ACTING LIKE AN OVERSEER!
Hebrews 4:12 says, “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
If you really want to support Paula Deen, PRAY FOR HER!!!!!!!! Allow the Holy Spirit to lead you in your prayer. Jesus said in Matt. 5:44-45, “44But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; 45That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust…”
With that being said, begin to pray for a woman none of us really know and stop pitying her. Whether we realize it or not, when we recycle this plantation mindset, it waters-down the Good News of Jesus Christ. He did not come and lay his life down to take it up again for injustice and oppression. No, he came that all who would receive Him could have life, and have it more abundantly. If we use God’s Word as a whip instead of a two-edged sword, we will literally drive people (people of color and all youth especially) into the arms of the Adversary, who walks around seeking who he may devour.
Believers of the Good News are called to be fishers of men, not disposers of them. Wake up, be vigilant, and walk in love because yes, you are your brother’s keeper!