Paula Deen at NY Times: Meet My Black Friend Hollis Johnson Who is As “Black as This Board”

paula deen and hollis johnson times talk Paula Deen at NY Times:  Meet My Black Friend Hollis Johnson Who is As Black as This Board

Paula Deen at NY Times: Meet My Black Friend Hollis Johnson Who is As “Black as This Board” (NY Times Video Shot)

Did disgraced Southern chef Paula Deen, who has been dropped by Food Network after 14 years, defend slavery months before giving sworn deposition admitting use of the n-word? During an appearance on Times Talks at the New York Times fall 2012, Paula Deen spoke with reporter Kim Severson on a variety of topics, including race in the Deep South. Deen justified her extreme views saying, “We’re all prejudiced against one thing or another. I think black people feel the same prejudice that white people feel.”

Paula Deen was asked about her appearance on “Who Do You Think You Are” in which she visited a plantation owned by a distant relative, who owned 30 slaves. She said the abolition of slavery was a “terrific change” but her great-grandfather struggled with the abolition of slavery after the Civil War ended and eventually took his life when his “slaves” left. She said “Back then, black folk were such integral part of our lives, they were like our family, and for that reason, we didn’t see ourselves as being prejudiced.”  Um, that’s a comment that open for discussion. Slaves treated like family? Really Paula?

What was reprehensible was how she treated her so-called “black friend,” and employee Hollis Johnson. She said he had become dear to hear in the 18 years she has known him, but what she said next was bizarre. She pointed to the black backdrop during the interview and said, he’s “black as this board.” Johnson is called to the stage and she said, “We can’t see you in front of that dark board.” She added, “This is my son by another father… I can trust him with my life and color ain’t got nothing to do with it!’

Paula Deen’s public shellacking was a long time coming. She is either stuck on stupid or stuck in the Antebellum South.  Begging for forgiveness when the sh*t hit the fan doesn’t mean she’s being sincere.

Watch Paula Deen seemingly justify slavery during Times Talk appearance — video.

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 Paula Deen at NY Times:  Meet My Black Friend Hollis Johnson Who is As Black as This Board
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