Retired NFL player Chris Jenkins is the latest Black person to come out in defense of Paula Deen, the former Food Network host and entrepreneur who admitted to using the n-word in reference to Black people. Jenkins went as far as to say that he does not view the “n-word” as a “bad word” in 2013 and that he views it “more a test of my inner strength”.
Chris Jenkins is not the only Black person coming to the rescue of Paul Deen. Several Black people who were in a long line outside of one of her restaurants said that they had forgiven Deen.
On social media networks, some Black people were also claiming that it was not a big deal and even went on the attack against some of Deen’s current and former employees who told a lawyer with the Rainbow/Push coalition that they faced waged discrimination and that white employees were promoted faster. Those doing the attacking questioned why it took a white woman to file a lawsuit against Deen and her brother for the Black employees to get the guts to step forward.
Joining us tonight is Abena Afreeka of Afreeka Live and Racism Non-Anonymous. We will discuss how the Paula Deen story and certain responses to it from different Black people relate to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder from living under the constant presence and pressure of racism and white supremacy.