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Shawna Jones

Is Paula Deen just too Mean?

Posted Monday, June 24, 2013, at 12:55 AM
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  • Before you answer the questions I posed, ask yourself first "have I ever used racially or sexually inappropriate humor and/or language?" The answer might surprise you...

    -- Posted by shawna.jones on Mon, Jun 24, 2013, at 12:58 AM
  • I have always like Paula Deen because she is one of those people that will speak her mind. I no longer support Food Network and neither do my friends or family. The network should be a shame of themselves for firing someone for comments that happened YEARS ago. There is not 1 single person, that has NOT heard or told a joke that could be considered racial or inappropriate. It is a part of our normal everyday life. Some people do not understand that racism happens in every race and not just in the Caucasian race. The "N" word should not be used at all and should be abolished. But if the network and people are going to make a fuss about Paula Deen admitting she using the word, and losing her job for it. Then they need to shut down MTV, VH1, Fuse, BET,etc. Because wherever you find rap you will hear the word repeatedly. Where's the uproar over those?

    -- Posted by -Beth- on Mon, Jun 24, 2013, at 7:22 AM
  • Paula Deen put the Food Network on the map!!!

    Shame on them hope she starts her own network.

    She was born and raised in the South born in the 40's, of course, she has used it. I don't think anyone can say they haven't.

    Paula's world will not end with Food Network taking her off. You go Girl!!!

    -- Posted by roadrunner on Mon, Jun 24, 2013, at 10:42 AM
  • Any one who grew up in the 30's 40's or 50's has used inappropriate language. The "N" word is used extensively by people of color today. There are also people who use "Whitey", "Cracker", "Redneck" and other words of this nature.

    It is not what was used long ago that matters. It is what is used today. God forgives past sins if we stop doing them and ask for forgiveness. Long ago sins should not be remembered if the person does not do them anymore.

    If the person suing has a case that is current fine, but let the long ago rest in peace.

    -- Posted by Wolf Clan on Mon, Jun 24, 2013, at 11:36 AM
  • I have never bought her products. No one has the right to be racist towards anyone.Seems like racist people think they can talk about anyone.

    But still expect you to buy their products. The

    same thing goes for store merchants. I am tired of

    bigots.

    -- Posted by ruckers on Mon, Jun 24, 2013, at 11:43 AM
  • First of all you should understand the lady that file suit had tried to extort over one million dollars from Ms. Dean.After not being paid she then hired an attorney to try to receive money there.Questions ask should have not gone back in time and only should have been case questions only.Ms. Jackson should be the one on trial.Last I heard extortion is a crime not a slur.

    -- Posted by mytaxesaremine on Mon, Jun 24, 2013, at 12:13 PM
  • I think it would speak volumes if Oprah Winfrey would invite Paula to cook on the O channel. Set the other network on its ear.

    -- Posted by Nanny931 on Mon, Jun 24, 2013, at 12:36 PM
  • It is not that Paula said the N word once long ago that is the problem.It is not a joke when you look at the video made 2012 about "My black friend,who I cant see."On the video she is also talking about how bad it was for her greatgrand father that he lost his workers after the Civil War and no one was left to work the plantation.Every knows they were slaves.Being born in the south is not an excuse for racism.On the video she states that her friend is so black that she cant see him in front of the blackboard,and laughs about.This is a pattern and not funny.Her other employees have been targets of her racist jokes,some she even refers to as her little monkeys.And what about the wedding she wanted to plan for her brother with only black men serving,look it up.Anyone that thinks this was just a one time remark needs to wake up.I will not buy anything she produces.I am sad because I thought the world of Paula Deen

    -- Posted by lets be real on Mon, Jun 24, 2013, at 2:33 PM
  • Well lets be real, you better quit eating out or watching television shows in general because do you know how many people who have served or prepared your food might have said something derogatory in their life.

    -- Posted by jaxspike on Mon, Jun 24, 2013, at 3:25 PM
  • letsbereal, Did you also look up all of the videos of people like Lil Wayne, Ice Cube, Carlos Mencia, Gabriel Iglesias? Just to name a few. These are people who get fame from telling off-colored comedy and racist-filled music.

    Some people like you only are looking for something to complain about. What about the statements made by the (now) famous Jeremiah Wright? Again, racism works in all nationalities, not just Caucasian.

    -- Posted by -Beth- on Mon, Jun 24, 2013, at 4:01 PM
  • Do you realize how often Caucasians from the South--such as Paula Deen--get bashed...ever been called a redneck? I'm sure Ms. Deen has. Here is wikipedia's definition of the word Redneck:

    "Redneck is a derogatory slang term used in reference to poor, uneducated white farmers, especially from the southern United States. It is similar in meaning to cracker (especially regarding Georgia and Florida), hillbilly (especially regarding Appalachia and the Ozarks) and white trash (but without the last term's suggestions of immorality)...In recent decades, the term has expanded its meaning to refer to bigoted, loutish reactionaries who are opposed to modern ways,and has often been used to attack white Southern conservatives. The term is used broadly to degrade working class and rural whites that are perceived by urban progressives to be insufficiently liberal."

    Now, tell me how that's any better than calling someone the "N" word? I suppose anyone who has ever laughed at Jeff Foxworthy's commentary would also be classified a racist/bigot? Personally I have never watched Paula Deen because I don't do cooking shows, nor have I bought her products because they are slightly more expensive than regular cookware, etc...But now I just might.

    I do not condone bigotry--by any ethnic race--but I also do not agree with singling out one person when millions of people in the spotlight have used racial and/or sexual connotations at some point in their lives/careers. "Just sayin'"

    -- Posted by shawna.jones on Mon, Jun 24, 2013, at 4:03 PM
  • Just because Paula Deen might be racist doesnt mean she should lose her job/show as long as she didnt say anything racist on television. There are people that work in television everyday along with other public jobs and they dont get fired for their views. If you dont like Paula Deen now that you know what she has done then dont buy her products or watch her on tv...it is simple as that. I love Paula Deen and always will!

    -- Posted by AmericanWoman on Mon, Jun 24, 2013, at 7:14 PM
  • When all is said and done, it is just one more perky broad that was in the right place at the right time. Too bad it took her 66 years to make 'bubba' a star.

    -- Posted by moonwalker on Mon, Jun 24, 2013, at 9:05 PM
  • First I would like to say I am sorry for being a little too glib on last post.

    I would like to make one last comment.

    When all else fails she uses the excuse "but I'm from the south".

    Well she may want to rethink that somewhat. How can she be sure she doesn't have some of that good old African American blood pumping through her good heart. Remember she mentioned the ancesters plantation. While throwing the N word around she may be insulting her kinfolk. It happens! Blood is all the same color and souls are all the same size. Get over it and play nice.:)

    -- Posted by moonwalker on Tue, Jun 25, 2013, at 10:22 AM
  • It's the year 2013....Can't we just stop wearing race on our sleeves and let our intelligence tell us throughout all mankind that we are so racially mixed nowadays that only those that are brainless even let words and or platforming bother them at all...gee America...."let it go". kinda tired of hearing racial things or who said what about how someone would be different from anyone else...who really cares anymore what Paula's doing it won't change a thing in my life! Besides Smithfield country hams are way to salt cured to even enjoy...Clifty Farms or Binghams are much better for baking! And my appetite is not vary racial.

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Tue, Jun 25, 2013, at 11:45 AM
  • Peel off our skin and we're all the same. Not one of us of any color has "never" said or called out a word that would be described as racist toward any race on Earth. And, as far as all these big shot companies who think they are so good, let them count the money they lose for singling out one person [ woman or man ]. Look at Martha Stewart, she weathered the storm and came out on top. You go Paula Deen. This is America and not every single word has to be "politically correct".

    -- Posted by decorate1956 on Tue, Jun 25, 2013, at 1:57 PM
  • I don't care who makes the racist remark or what color they are ,it is wrong.Paula Deen made the remark about her "black friend,who she cant see"only 8 months ago.How can anyone think this is ok to make racist jokes. Since most of the people commenting here agree with Paula, is it because they are from the south?

    -- Posted by lets be real on Tue, Jun 25, 2013, at 5:58 PM
  • I'm from the state of California. I am Caucasian and was the minority growing up in Los Angeles county. I was bullied through school for being "white." If you're going to pick on Paula Deen, then be fair about it and go after the rest of the bigots out there...including those who are non-Caucasian.

    -- Posted by shawna.jones on Tue, Jun 25, 2013, at 8:27 PM
  • It has nothing to do with "agreeing with Paula" or being "in the south". The principle of the matter is showing how this country has a double standard.

    The famous N word is spoken from a black person to a black person then there is no problem. But let a white person say it, and they are labeled a racist and should be charged with a hate crime.

    If it is that damaging of a word, then don't use it all! Don't be supporting Lil' Wayne and his autotuned crew who like stomping on the American flag and say the N word at least 50 times per lyric. Where's the boycotting of BET, MTV, VH1, FUSE, etc who play songs that depict violence, racism, etc? You can't just play the race card whenever you want.

    -- Posted by -Beth- on Tue, Jun 25, 2013, at 9:25 PM
  • Poor Paula. Although sexual harassment and racism is not a laughing matter, I am not sure who is getting the last laugh on this.

    Advance book sales for her newest cookbook surged 1300% in 24 hours? http://wtkr.com/2013/06/25/orders-for-paula-deen-cookbook-surge/

    -- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Jun 26, 2013, at 4:57 PM
  • And, I heard today on the news, both K-Mart and Sears carry her products and have not yet pulled anything from their shelves. I say, buy her products from them; if you support the wrong done by these other companies singling her out. I am not supportive of racism by any means, but this is just plain stupid.

    -- Posted by decorate1956 on Thu, Jun 27, 2013, at 12:27 PM
  • I don't know Paula Deen's heart and therefore I will not judge her, but she obviously has used poor judgement several times by not controlling her tongue. What I do find appalling, and ignorant, is those who don't seem to understand racism. It speaks volumes that you don't understand the difference between a person of color using the N word and a white person using it. If only you could walk in the shoes of someone of a minority race for a while.

    -- Posted by devan on Thu, Jun 27, 2013, at 5:11 PM
  • Did everyone on here hear what Paula Deen said at the end of fake tear interview on Todays Show.She ended it with"I is what I is",which is the punch line to a well known racist joke.As Devan states a lot of people don't understand what racism is.For Paula to say that it was so terrible for her great great grandfather to loose all of his slaves,what does that tell you.Do I need to say more.

    -- Posted by lets be real on Thu, Jun 27, 2013, at 5:48 PM
  • There should not be a difference no matter what race uses the N word. If it is so detrimental then no race should use it. You don't see white people calling each other "Crackas" do you? You don't hear songs on the radio of white people calling their own the same name do you? No. This is about a double standard that exist in America. You can nitpick everything someone says just looking for a fight or an argument. "I is what I is" means what? She is what she is. And?

    As for slaves, majority of people in the south had ancestors who owned slaves. It's a part of history that cannot be changed. We cannot apologize for it because the people who did it are dead. All we can do is to make sure it never happens again.

    -- Posted by -Beth- on Thu, Jun 27, 2013, at 7:51 PM
  • I sure do hear white people call each other "cracker" and "redneck" all the time, and sometimes worse. Mostly southern folks. Now if someone north of the Mason Dixon line does it then it might be fightin' words. Its all in the way its used and who is using it. It's not the N word it's how it's used.

    -- Posted by devan on Thu, Jun 27, 2013, at 8:44 PM
  • To Beth look up where the phrase " I is what I is"started from.It came from a joke about a white man and a black man on a hill talking to God.IT IS A RACIST JOKE.This stuff comes so natural to Paul Deen,she just cant help it.I also hear white people call each other cracker and redneck all the time.Thank you sponsers,keep dropping her.By her crying and using the words from a racist joke tells me she is not sorry.If anyone on here cannot see that they are blind

    -- Posted by lets be real on Fri, Jun 28, 2013, at 3:05 PM
  • I guess I am blind, because I don't see anything wrong with it. People tend to read too much into what someone is saying just so they can get something going. And just to clarify, I have NEVER heard a white person call another a racist name. Well unless you count the little punks that running around saying it to fit into the thug crowd.

    You haven't addressed the double standard. We have Lil' Wayne stomping on the American flag while saying the N word multiple times. You can still purchase his CD at Wal-Mart. Along with Snoop, Drake, Nas, and the rest of the rap/hip hop groups. I haven't heard about any corporations who are dropping any of these groups or refusing to sell their merchandise. Why? Because it is all about the $$. There are more people who would purchase a vulgar-laced CD than purchase food or cooking products.

    -- Posted by -Beth- on Fri, Jun 28, 2013, at 4:13 PM
  • I don't know much about Paula Deen. Until this event I can't say that I have ever even heard of her. It would seem that the tide of public opinion, at least in the eyes of her sponsors, has turned against her. Since it is public opinion that gave rise to her success, I expect it will wax and wane as it has with others in the public eye.

    Concerning racism,I would submit to you that ever last human being on this planet is racist to some degree. Just walk into any crowded room with a plurality of racse present and you will see people of like kind seated together. This indicates the preference each of has to be with our own kind. There is nothing wrong with that! That is just being human.

    So, what is rascism and who is a rascist?

    Here are the definitions;

    Rascism

    1: a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race

    2: racial prejudice or discrimination

    Rascist

    1. racist - based on racial intolerance; "racist remarks"

    racial - of or characteristic of race or races or arising from differences among groups; "racial differences"; "racial discrimination"

    2. racist - discriminatory especially on the basis of race or religion

    To summarize in one sentence;

    These descriptions say that rascism is a belief in superiority that leads to racial intolerance.

    I agree with Deavan's final statement that it is not the N-word but how you use it.

    If a word is spoken to you face in a derogatory manner it is offensive.

    However, as a person of color, I don't believe there should be any difference in WHO uses the word in regards to their race. There used to be certain areas, such as bathrooms, that non-whites could not go. That was rascist. Now, using the N-word is an area where non-blacks can not go. That too is rascist. We can't expect others to do what we ourselves are not willing to do. That is hyprocracy.

    I think the whole thing is childish and reminds me of two school children running to the teacher saying "She called me a name!!".

    -- Posted by Liveforlight on Fri, Jun 28, 2013, at 5:14 PM
  • Well after reading each blog here and reading blogs on other sites it looks like to me that MOST people on on Paulas side! Yay Paula, I love you!

    -- Posted by AmericanWoman on Fri, Jun 28, 2013, at 8:34 PM
  • So, Paula Deen supporters justify her many racist remarks and attitudes toward black people by pointing fingers at other people that also do it. I guess that makes it OK? I think one of the reasons that Deen has gotten so much attention for her racism is that she has always portrayed herself as a wholesome, goody-goody, Christian woman. Then we hear all these deep seeded racist remarks from her. So I guess there is one difference between her and some rapper on MTV...besides being racist, she's also a hypocrite.

    -- Posted by Rocket Valentine on Sat, Jun 29, 2013, at 9:11 AM
  • Right on Rocket Valentine.You don't have to read anything into what she says, it is plain enough for any one to understand.There are several complaints from her employees and she is being sued by another Jewish employee, who she refers to as a little Jew.If anyone on here does not see anything wrong Paula embracing a culture that glorified owning people and wanting to plan a wedding with black people appearing as slaves,then you are blind.I don't like rap/hip/hop groups nor buy their music.People that buy their music are as bad as people still supporting Paula Deen.How can you be a Christian and not see this is wrong.She even said "she don't know what jokes offend people",so she needs to keep them to herself.

    -- Posted by lets be real on Sat, Jun 29, 2013, at 11:13 AM
  • Read this and let me know what you think about Paula and Bubba. http://www.blacklegalissues.com/Article_Details.aspx?artclid=7dfdbe0461

    -- Posted by devan on Sat, Jun 29, 2013, at 9:48 PM
  • I have heard others talking just as much smack about those "**** racist Republicans," or "them flamin' California f*ggets." Not one person commenting on this blog can 'honestly' say they've never been guilty of some form of bigotry at some point in their life. Frankly I don't care much for Paula Deen one way or the other and never watched her show, but I don't think it's right to single out any one person for something most of Hollywood is guilty of...fire them all.

    -- Posted by shawna.jones on Sat, Jun 29, 2013, at 10:32 PM
  • It's not about justifying Paula's comment. Again, it's about pointing out that what's good for the geese is good for the gander. I guess none of this would have happened if Paula would have lied and stated that she had never said it. So, I guess the moral of this story, thanks to the double standards, is that it is better to lie than to be honest. In order to be please some people. I have read plenty of comments about Paula on FB and other sites of people of all races who are supporting her. It's just a handful of people who are hating because she is being honest.

    Shawna, you are correct. Every single of one of, regardless of race, is a racist/bigot in our own ways. Whether that is against illegals, christians, non-believers, or so on. That is why it is making this situation with Paula so huge. People are making her out to be this terrible racist who thinks that black people should be in shackles. When in fact, those "jokes" that she has been accused of retelling came from black comedians.

    -- Posted by -Beth- on Sun, Jun 30, 2013, at 8:17 AM
  • Well, if for some reason you still feel the need to support Paula Deen's racism by purchasing her crappy products, you better hurry. The latest sponsers to drop her like a hot potato are Sears, K-Mart, Walgreens and J.C. Penney. She also lost her contract with Ballentine Books to publish her next 5 books. Add that to the dozen others including Wal-Mart, Target, The Food Network, QVC, Home Depot and Smithfield. Poor Paula... When I saw her crying on TV she kinda reminded me of Tammy Faye Baker.

    -- Posted by Rocket Valentine on Sun, Jun 30, 2013, at 6:06 PM
  • I can't believe the Cruelty of some of these comments. No body gets upset when Native Americans are the butt of racism. Yes, we get called a lot of things and do know how minorities feel. Of course we have learned to accept and live our own lives, the best we can. All this hate for Paula Deen, whoever she is, is wasted energy.

    -- Posted by Wolf Clan on Sun, Jun 30, 2013, at 6:15 PM
  • Well said Wolf Clan. How hypocritical we tend to be, and it would seem the only form of discrimination/racism that ever ****** people off is when it involves an African/American. I had dual citizenship and lived in Mexico as a young girl, and let me tell you I was definitely a minority...the only "white" girl in the entire town. It is not a pleasant feeling to be made to feel awkward or different.

    But I don't see that being as much of an issue between Caucasians and African/Americans in today's day and age. Yes, "whites" were horrible in their treatment of "blacks" up until recent years, and there are still some would-be bigots out there...both black and white (if you think Caucasians aren't 'hated' on and made fun of by other races, get a clue). In fact, a recent poll found that Americans consider 'Blacks' to be more racist than 'Whites' or 'Hispanics.' Even the majority of 'Blacks' that were polled agreed.

    http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/lifestyle/general_lifestyle/july_...

    There are as many, if not more non-Caucasians living in America as there are Caucasians. It is estimated that by 2040 (if not sooner) Caucasians will make up roughly 45% of America. Some of the animosity that arouses from Caucasians is the affirmative action 'entitlements' that seem to be afforded non-Caucasians....the minority rights. Special school scholarships, special hiring privileges, special business exemptions and benefits, special commodities, special land entitlements. Have you ever heard of a "White only" college grant or loan program? If you have, please send me the details because I'd be interested.

    I am not a racist person. I simply believe in entitlements based on merit, not skin color or birthplace, or even sex. Until we remove all discriminations...reverse discrimination included...how can we expect to treat each other equally. 'Blacks' are just as intelligent as 'whites.' I mean, I have seen some DUMB white folks, so don't even bother trying to say we are of a superior intellect just because we're white. NOT TRUE.

    -- Posted by shawna.jones on Sat, Jul 6, 2013, at 12:40 PM
  • Ms Shawna,

    You are a Lady of great courage and intelligence. Thank you for a timely blog. Whether the lady is a racist or not, I don't know. None of us are lily white in our thinking at least a couple of times in our lives.

    -- Posted by Wolf Clan on Sat, Jul 6, 2013, at 9:50 PM
  • If there was equality for all there would have been no need for affirmative action.With out it some people would never hire non whites.Take for example where I work now there are no blacks in the office.I know qualified people that applied,was not hired but hired caucasians afterward.I have been there 30 years.Caucasians should have no animosity toward affirmative action,they do not know what it feels like to go to rent a house and be told it was not available when they see what color you are.This happened only 2 months ago to my sister,not years ago.Affirmative action was to make sure everyone was treated equal not "special" as some here call it.There is no reason for caucasions to be racist when they have had all the privileges not afforded to non whites.There is still discrimination today in housing,jobs,promotions ect.When you remove these laws that protect equal rights it is not going to help the situation.

    -- Posted by lets be real on Tue, Jul 9, 2013, at 1:30 PM
  • I agree lets be real. If there was equality for all things would be a lot better for everyone. To my knowledge there never has been equality for all and likely never will be. The only equality I know of is the grave.

    I don't agree that affirmative action is the way to racial equality. I have a friend, a good man, who had been with the company for years that was up for promotion. There was a management job that came open and everyone thought he should and would get the job. He was turned down and told he couldn't have the job because he was a white man. They gave the job to a Black and it hurt us all. No one respected him cause we knew he got the job because of color. That is wrong! There has to be a better way.

    -- Posted by Liveforlight on Wed, Jul 10, 2013, at 9:57 AM
  • I agree that affirmative action is a joke. It does not "level the playing field". But instead, gives special treatment to other groups. Look at the scholarship programs, as Shawna has brought up. Please tell me 1 scholarship where it requires you to be white and requires you to attend an all white school. Hmm, you won't find it because it doesn't exist. However, you have the UNCF, NAACP, along with many others who help black children into colleges. You also have mostly, if not all black schools like TSU. Where's the affirmative action on those scholarships & schools?

    A level playing field means just that. You obtain a job, education, promotion based on your actions, background, education and so on. It should never be used to pick and choose based on race, sexuality, or gender.

    Public school education is readily available for all to attend, free of charge. Well, unless you are like our greedy county who forced parents to purchase uniforms - but that's a totally different subject. There are too many children who see education as a waste of time. Why? Because they can go sling dope, steal, or commit other crimes to get what they want. Their excuse? "Da man is suppressing us." Really? When was the last time that a kid was refused basic education based on race? We even allow illegal aliens' children to obtain free education. There are just some people who are too lazy to work for what they have and expect that everything should be handed to them because they are of a certain color. We cannot keep bringing up what has happened in the past with the slavery and civil war because we cannot change the past. It is something that happened and we just have to move on from there. Living in the past is not going to solve anything for the future.

    -- Posted by -Beth- on Wed, Jul 10, 2013, at 11:44 AM
  • This is being done on behalf of whites in black schools also http://community.seattletimes.nwsource.com/archive/?date=19920329&slug=1483827 It still don't make it right. No law should promote or demote a person based on the color of their skin.

    -- Posted by Liveforlight on Wed, Jul 10, 2013, at 12:42 PM
  • The world just got a good example of how far America has come regarding racial equality this past week end.Thumbs up to all the hundreds of thousands of protesters across America of all colors.

    -- Posted by lets be real on Mon, Jul 15, 2013, at 9:39 AM
  • The jury looked at what evidence there was and since there was none, they voted not guilty. So they did their job. You can't live your life constantly trying to start race wars about everything. The case was about self-defense. It was not a cold-blooded murder. Read about the actual evidence and case before making racial comments.

    Oh and speaking about "protesters", where's the protesting about Jonathon Foster? Gizzell Kiara Ford? Or the case where 2 teens murdered the 13-month old baby boy in Georgia? That's right. It wasn't a "white" person doing the killing. Even though GZ is Hispanic.

    -- Posted by -Beth- on Mon, Jul 15, 2013, at 10:58 PM
  • There hasn't been a trial for the Georgia case yet.I am sure they will be convicted evidence or not.They wont be able to afford lawyers as good as GZ funded by the NRA and others.Only in America can you chase someone with a gun,"who you are suppose to be afraid of" confront them and shoot them dead when they stand their ground.The murdered child should have fought back,wouldnt you.I already knew what the verdict was going to be when I heard the makeup of the jury.I was not shocked as millions was.

    -- Posted by lets be real on Fri, Jul 19, 2013, at 11:41 AM
  • Does stand your ground only work for the one with the gun?

    -- Posted by lets be real on Fri, Jul 19, 2013, at 11:43 AM
  • Doesn't common sense even play in your head? If someone is following you, would you turn around and confront them, or would you run? If I was a 17 yr old, I would run. But that is because #1, I've never been in trouble with the law. #2, I was never suspended from school or done drugs or alcohol. #3, I knew when to walk away.

    TM didn't have that attitude. He had the attitude that he could beat anyone up. His own comments shows that. His little racist witness proved that.

    What about the price that has been put upon GZ's head by the Black Panthers? Is that not considered to be a hate crime?

    -- Posted by -Beth- on Fri, Jul 19, 2013, at 3:54 PM
  • GZ has been in trouble with the law not Trayvon.The drugs GZ was taking makes you agitated at times not a trace amount of weed.I would not want someone following me to know where I live.For all Travon knew he could have lead someone home to kill or harm his 12 year old cousin who was there.If Trayvon really wanted to harm GZ he could have used the can of tea as a weapon.If I was as afraid of TM as GZ claimed I would have never gotten out of my car,and we wouldn't be commenting about this now.No one has answered my question.Does stand your ground only work for the one with the gun?Trayvon had a right to stand his ground also.I have never approved of the Black Panthers and yes that would be a hate crime.

    -- Posted by lets be real on Sat, Jul 20, 2013, at 12:44 PM
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