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Joe Heller

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  1. ConserveGov

    ConserveGov said, over 3 years ago

    I guess blacks must love her because they use that word all the time.
    As for her food, I do like me some good southern fried chicken. Obviously not all the time, but hey you can’t have granola bars every day.

  2. Robert Landers

    Robert Landers said, over 3 years ago

    What the heck is an “ots”? Is it some kind of a special southern term? Are there small “ots” also?

  3. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, over 3 years ago

    I was a navy brat who spent summers at my grandparents’ home in a small Mississippi town. Navy housing is very diverse and my 6 -12 year old self didn’t understand why people in navy housing were so much more polite to blacks than were the people of my home town. I was criticized by teachers for having black friends, and told I should keep to my own kind. I have little tolerance for the intolerant.
    That said,
    I don’t think Ms. Deen is a ‘hater’. I also believe she could become a voice FOR tolerance. I could also be totally wrong. However, unless she is shown to be a sheet shy of being a klanswoman, she shouldn’t be destroyed for having what might have well been a senior moment. If she is willing to redeem herself by doing speaking tours and speaking in favor of respect between the races, she should be rewarded by being allowed to keep her show as long as she has an audience.
    I assure you, there are people in politics and entertainment of all races who are regularly talking about the ‘others’ in derogatory terms. Many of them MEAN what they say, but haven’t been caught on tape saying such things. At least Ms. Deen’s home doesn’t have a name like Rick Perry’s family retreat.

  4. furnituremaker

    furnituremaker said, over 3 years ago

    how ‘bout Romney’s 47% faux paux

  5. The Wolf In Your Midst

    The Wolf In Your Midst said, over 3 years ago

    I’ve never used that word. Not once. Plenty of other people who haven’t, too. Don’t try to make this into an “everyone does it” thing to excuse how reprehensible she is.

  6. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, over 3 years ago

    First off, it’s just a word. Can’t we get over it? Sticks and stones…..

    Let’s not forget that no one will change the name of the Washington Redskins, and that name is equally offensive to Native Americans….I guess they don’t have as powerful a lobby.

    And what happened to “innocent until proven guilty”? The lawsuits are still pending. And why is there a lawsuit? My feeling is that if you work in a hostile environment, get another job. If everyone did that the environment would necessarily get less hostile as the employer got more desperate.

    And have you heard how Bobby Flay talks to his people? I wouldn’t tolerate that.

    Knee jerk reactions often look less smart when cooler heads prevail.

  7. chromosome

    chromosome GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    I’m old enough to remember that. I was in college and got upset with my relatives for making jokes about things like that, and they wondered why.

  8. chromosome

    chromosome GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    No, they’re not bigots, but big-guts.

  9. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    Hmmm, just had a thought of all those “right wingers” now offended by being called “teabaggers”, which they originally embraced, because they found it had a “nastier” meaning.

    Words can have dangerous applications, as when my ancestors, who had a sophisticated system of government, and embraced education, were called “savages” by white invaders in Congress, driven from their lands, and targed for extermination, right here in the “good ol’ USA

  10. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, over 3 years ago

    Thanks for your input. I have been in that very position. I can choose to be offended or not. I choose not to do so.

    I was small as a child, and did not have a very good hold on my temper. As a result, I was teased a great deal. I learned that words only hurt you if you let them.

    And the Eenie/Meenie rhyme may have been that way when and where YOU learned it, but in the deep south you caught something else by the toe. As a matter of fact, there was an incident on one of the now-defunct low-fare airlines, where a flight attendant (who was way too young to know the history) went to move people to their seats by saying: “Eenie Meanie Miney Moe/ Take your seats It’s time to go.”

    The airline was sued (successfully) by a passenger who claimed it was racist, and she was fired.

    You are right: Bobby Flay is not racist, to my knowledge, but he is quite abusive. Still a hostile environment, in one person’s opinion.

  11. Hawthorne

    Hawthorne said, over 3 years ago

    You got free stuff?

    Where’s mine? I didn’t get any free stuff … must be I’m not a neocon multibillionaire. That seems to be the necessary qualification.

  12. Hawthorne

    Hawthorne said, over 3 years ago

    You must be a fan of the Opies, Peter and Iona! Aren’t they great?

  13. Hawthorne

    Hawthorne said, over 3 years ago

    “What if people of color referred to you as ‘Cracker’ or ‘Whitey’ in a derogatory manner? I’m betting you would be highly offended”

    What if? So what? Sticks and stones … If they were nasty enough, I’d probably avoid them, if it wasn’t too much trouble.

    But I have never thought that others could define my life or persona.

  14. Hawthorne

    Hawthorne said, over 3 years ago

    @I Play One On TV

    All well said.


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