So Paula Deen is back in the headlines for allegedly using the ‘N’ word and having knowledge of inappropriate advances towards staff. First let’s be very clear that the original source reporting the information was the NATIONAL ENQUIRER *side eye*.
With that said, many of you already know my distain for the word nigga…in all of its forms. The hatred that birthed the derogatory adjective is rooted in the powerful ancestoral NIGER region of Africa. Its abuse makes this southern woman cringe.
In building America, the slaves used at that time were often taken from that area. People who have absolutely no knowledge of the US historical context, are even more annoying when they sling the word around carelessly.
However, here we have an alleged unidentified octoroon using a word that has been woven into her familial history for centuries. It was only a matter of time before SOMEBODY from the southern “white” culture got hit for using ‘their’ language.
In efforts to minimize servants as well as to keep the mixed raced children in line, the dominant culture would often use harsh words to remind ‘inferior’ individuals of their place and rank within their oppressive society.
Presently,this practice is still alive and well within many cultures.
Clarity requires the understanding that a high concentration of those within the “white” southern culture are most likely comprised of high yella octoroons ‘passing’ as white. Given the rate of mixed breeding during previous eras, most of the south black and white should in all actuality be classified as ‘mixed race’.
In an effort to escape the demonizations, many offspring born with features of the dominant culture determined that they would and could live a less stressful life by denying who they actually were, BLACK and of African descent.
There aren’t any justifications. There aren’t any excuses. Yet, the fact remains that the issues modern America have brushed under the rug simply by deeming the word ‘inappropriate’- is not binding nor is it even acknowledged in those cultures that are deeply rooted in the subjugation belief. So much in fact that they replaced the politically correct adjectives that described “MAJORITIES” as black, mixed raced, latino, Native American with one derogatory phrase that encompasses everyone unlike themselves…”NIGGA”.
Within modernity, the term will most often be used inside of their white circles rather than in open spaces. But is still used abusively within the same groups that convened with the intention of burning something or someone.
The deposition that raises the accusations against Paula Deen are found within the SOURCE. Her astounding honesty speaks to the level of entrenched belief that deviance is accepted within the white southern culture.
This subject is a sore spot among many. People who never experienced the nightmare are quick to dismiss accounts as modern folklore. But when we hear cases like Trayvon Martin and countless others rattled off within headlines and given little to no coverage, it appears that the evil has become so accepted that it has caused ambivalence that has numbed our sense of urgent outrage.