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Jimmy Carter Supports Paula Deen — Yes, You Read That Right

Here's the latest news in the ever-evolving controversy...

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Chris Queen

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July 1, 2013 - 11:30 am
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Jimmy Carter and Paula Deen
The Paula Deen saga changes every day, with sponsors coming down on one side or another and luminaries of all stripes weighing in. Deen received words of support from one of the most dignified sources — former President Jimmy Carter. That’s right, the 39th president and a fellow Georgian has spoken up on the N-word controversy, stating that the public should forgive Paula Deen. Coincidentally, this also marks the first time I’ve agreed with Jimmy Carter on anything:

Former President Jimmy Carter said embattled celebrity chef Paula Deen should be forgiven, arguing that while there’s no condoning the racial slurs she uttered, the well-known personality has been candid and apologetic.

“She was maybe excessively honest in saying that she had in the past, 30 years ago, used this terrible word,” Carter told CNN’s Suzanne Malveaux in an interview Friday. “I think she has been punished, perhaps overly severely, for her honesty in admitting it and for the use of the word in the distant past. She’s apologized profusely.”

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Carter mentioned Deen’s programs in Savannah, Georgia, that benefit “almost exclusively oppressed and poverty stricken black people.” He advised her to get people she’s helping to speak up and “show she’s changed in her relationship with African-Americans.”

“My heart goes out to her but there’s no condoning the use of a word that abuses other people,” he said. “I’ve known Paula Deen quite well for a long period of time; I advised her to let the dust settle and make apologies.”

As sponsors continue to drop Deen and distance themselves from her, Deen’s fans are responding in unusual ways. Foodie site Stitches ‘n Ditches — whose creator is clearly in Deen’s camp — reports:

…fans of the host of three popular Food Network television shows have taken to social media, and U.S. mail in support of the Queen of Southern Cuisine. Pre-orders of Deen’s latest cookbook, “Paula Deen’s New Testament: 250 Favorite Recipes, All Lightened Up” skyrocketed over the last few days [note: this was before Ballantine Books cancelled the book's publication - CQ] along with sales of Deen’s popular cookbook collection, kitchen and housewares, and home furnishings.

The Deen fan favorite Facebook page, We Support Paula Deen launched a Butter Wrappers for Paula campaign which begins today. The fan page has amassed more than 500,000 fans in the past week.

“It was a spur of the moment thing,” the founder of the fan page, John Schmitt told Stitches ‘n Dishes. “I was listening to what’s going on and thought, ‘this is ridiculous.’” Schmitt, 49, the lead night auditor for a major hotel chain in Indianapolis, Indiana recalled when fans sent over nine tons of peanuts to CBS when it announced the cancellation of “Jericho” in 2007.

“I thought everyone should send an empty butter wrapper to Food Network and Scripps,” he said. “And now I guess I’m doing some planning.”

With an increasingly large base of Deen supporters rallying together on the world’s largest social media platform comes an extraordinary force capable of delivering a very strong message to sponsors and partners who have parted ways with the Deen camp.

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I can forgive her the past racism. It's PAST.


But supporting Jimmy Carter? That's unforgivable.
41 weeks ago
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Jimmy Carter has just interacted with the Blind Hog effect ("Even a blind hog finds an acorn once in a while"), to issue a valid pronouncement, for the first time in many years.
Honest criticism of Paula Deen should be limited to those, of whatever ethnicity, who have never in any context for at least the last 30 years uttered the dreaded "N-word". The sound of the resultant silence would rival that of deep space.
The recent crescendo of flagrant hypocrisy indicates a societal epidemic of feculent brain syndrome.
41 weeks ago
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What a big stink over a word that one white woman uttered over 30 years ago - black Americans use it nearly every day as if it were nothing. Sorry but I'm not buying the faux indignation.
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I'll believe that the word 'n*****' is offensive when blacks stop using it among themselves about themselves. Until then I will assume that this is an attempt to beat anyone else, not a person of way more melanin than is necessary to strike for privilege that they haven't earned. Sharp(ie)ton and Jackson, I am *SO* looking at YOU poverty-pimping race-hustling bastardi. And as far as the travails of 'Peanut 6' are concerned, isn't that worthless bastardi dead, YET? I consider him to be Rickover's F&$(U(!.
41 weeks ago
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That would be 'F*CK*P' if you're not very resourceful, just so ya know...
41 weeks ago
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Peter Leithart at the first things blog has an interesting way of deciphering this:"If you want to see what the future looks like, consider what Paula Deen has been through the past few weeks.

All this means that Windsor presents American Christians with a call to martyrdom. In Greek, martyria means “witness,” specifically witness in a court. At the very least, the decision challenges American Christians to continue to teach Christian sexual ethics without compromise or apology. But Windsor presents a call to martyrdom in a more specific sense. There will be a cost for speaking the truth, a cost in reputation, opportunity, and funds if not in freedoms. Scalia’s reference to the pagan Roman claim that Christians are “enemies of mankind” was probably not fortuitous.

Many churches have already capitulated to the Zeitgeist, and many others will. Some Christians and some churches won’t be up to the challenge. For those who heed Paul’s admonition not to be conformed to the pattern of this world, things are going to get sticky. But we are servants of God. He opens our ears to hear, and he gives us tongues to speak truth. If that means we are insulted and marginalized, if it means we yield our back to the smiters and our face to those who spit on us, so be it.

This will force a major adjustment in conservative Christian stance toward America. We’ve fooled ourselves for decades into believing that Christian America was derailed recently and by a small elite. It’s tough medicine to realize that principles inimical to traditional Christian morals are now deeply embedded in our laws, institutions and culture. The only America that actually exists is one in which “marriage” includes same-sex couples and women have a Constitutional right to kill their babies. To be faithful, Christian witness must be witness against America.

God has his winnowing fork in his hand, and he’s ready to use it. There’s likely to be a lot of chaff, blown away like mist. But there will be a harvest. We’re being sent into an oven, but Jesus will crush the grain of the harvest so that, baked in the fire of the Spirit, it will become bread for the life of the world."
41 weeks ago
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I'm pretty sick of all things Paula Deen but I will say that some of the stuff her brother has been accused of is pretty heinous, and the Food Network is a business. They should be able not renew the contract of someone at their choosing.

Jimmy Carter is still irrelevant.
41 weeks ago
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I can forgive her the past racism. It's PAST.


But supporting Jimmy Carter? That's unforgivable.
41 weeks ago
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Hah Hah! Guess what company has an ad that is currently appearing on this web page? Target: which dumped Paula Deen. Oh, the irony.
41 weeks ago
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Jimmy Carter has just interacted with the Blind Hog effect ("Even a blind hog finds an acorn once in a while"), to issue a valid pronouncement, for the first time in many years.
Honest criticism of Paula Deen should be limited to those, of whatever ethnicity, who have never in any context for at least the last 30 years uttered the dreaded "N-word". The sound of the resultant silence would rival that of deep space.
The recent crescendo of flagrant hypocrisy indicates a societal epidemic of feculent brain syndrome.
41 weeks ago
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Hey, I've called black guys honkey after they called me nigga...that count?
41 weeks ago
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>>she’s changed in her relationship with African-Americans.
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Right. She used to call them the N-word, but now she votes Democrat so the rest of us can suffer with speech codes, anti-white sentiment, and other anti-freedom liberal sanctimony. She's evolved all right.

So she doesn't want to live in the type of world she tried to inflict on us? And yet she tentatively planned a "plantation-style" wedding with an all-Black waitstaff? I have no pity.
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What a big stink over a word that one white woman uttered over 30 years ago - black Americans use it nearly every day as if it were nothing. Sorry but I'm not buying the faux indignation.
41 weeks ago
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friend of mine who was vacationing in Savannah on June 30, told my via Twitter, “We tried to eat lunch at the Lady & Sons today, but they were booked solid & at her store it was wall to wall people! Definitely a surge of people from ALL backgrounds.”

At least someone is standing up to bullies. I've already seen the progressive line on this is that anyone supporting Paula Deen on this are all (obviously) closet racists. Clearing some PR types are hearing that and, in an effort to not be on the boycott list, dropping their sponsorship.
41 weeks ago
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Well, that settles it. Fry her. Carter *NEVER* supports the innocent.
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