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    • SarahTigerLily

      On behalf of the state that gave you Crazy-Eyes McCrazykins, I’m tempted to apologize for her presence in the national political scene. I live near her district, but MY district is represented by one of the most liberal in Congress, Keith Ellison. So maybe they balance each other out a little? She gets all the press coverage unfortunately. I visit her area occasionally for its quaint shops, but as a multicultural family, we would NEVER live there. Racism is rampant. My husband and sister commuted into her district for work & many, many of the ideas in the outer suburbs are so backward and naive about race and inner-city issues. And the Halloween before the 2008 election? Some lady in a big old house in Bachmann territory had a dummy in her front yard of John McCain holding a silver platter with our most-esteemed, current President’s head on it. It was horrific and gruesome and spoke volumes about the worldview that still creeps around in the ignorant minds of those who vote for her. Race and immigration reform are deeply linked, so yes this is relevant to the topic.

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      “Beat the Turtle Drum.” A friend’s mom picked me up for a play date and I left my home with tissues clutched to my face. Heaving, breathless sobs. My son freaked out that “The Cat in the Hat” ended without ever seeing anything but the mother’s feet, so I drew a pencil figure of her face on the last page of our well-loved copy. This year his teacher read Charlotte’s Web aloud. My son had OT midway through each reading session & was pulled from class. I had to break it to him about Charlotte’s fate, a parent’s biggest fear about reading that book to their sensitive kid. I braced myself for his reaction, which turned out to be, “Wait, which one was Charlotte again?” Yeah, so, never mind. We’ll read it again when he’s older.

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      As a liberal-minded mom, I go to conservative family movie review sites for this type of information. The things that upset my kid with PTSD & anxiety make finding movies he’ll enjoy pretty difficult. So while most of these seem totally stupid, I’m glad they are provided so I can be prepared or at least laugh at them. Having said that, I do think we’ll give Shrek a try. If the dragon had intentionally kissed the ogre’s ass, that would be offensive. But since it was an accident…

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      Even if she didn’t understand in the 1960’s south, she’s an employer in the year 2013, who must abide by the anti-discrimination laws passed in 1964. She’s recently said:1- She (STILL!) doesn’t know what people find offensive; 2- Most jokes are about blacks, Jews and rednecks (so they’re okay in the workplace, right?); 3- Email jokes between men often contain pornography, even in the workplace. (That will rankle the EEOC.) 4- Her granddaddy was so upset after the Civil War when he lost all his “workers”, who had been like his family, that he shot himself. Those “workers” (i.e. slaves) obviously didn’t feel the same way because at the first chance THEY LEFT. 5- She gave an interview aboutayear ago where she called an employee named Hollis onstage. The way she speaks to him is humiliating. Watch the video. That’saslam-dunk about her true thoughts. 6- In the presence of employees, she openly considered dressing waitstaff as slaves duringaplantation wedding she was hosting. Her racist apologists can say this isanational overreaction to the single use ofasingle word. I’d say it’s the fall of the butter-based empire built byaracist woman who completely melted down in the face of controversy. Her three catastrophic YouTube apologies or the Matt Lauer interview alone could have ended her spokesperson contracts, they were so abysmal. Ihave yet to readasingle response to change the impression that her fans are apathetic at best and openly racist at worst.  Our country still hasalot of work to do. We face an appalling lack of education about systemic racism, the ongoing problem of white privilege and most importantly the long-term effects of oppression on communities of color. That Paula Deen, her fans and even most of the media have minimized this story down to “one word one time” isatravesty.