Just to be clear, the people in this pic above are not the ones participating in the “We Forgive You Paula” rally — at least as far as we know — but this was the only photo we could find with Paula Deen and any black person besides Oprah since her fall from grace so there you have it.
Now on to the real nonsense. In true Uncle Tom fashion (sorry, is that too harsh?), a group of African Americans have gotten together to form a coalition of “black people for Paula” who are planning to rally in New York City, of all places, to express their support of the disgraced Food Network Chef. Don’t believe it? Here’s their official website and the statement of purpose written there:
The word Paula used was horrible. She has admitted that what she said was wrong and hurtful. She gave an extremely heartfelt apology and I forgive her, my family forgives her and the African American community forgives her. We have all made at least one mistake that we wish never happened. Paula Deen should not have to continue to suffer for one mistake.
Myself and over 100 of my friends are gathering in New York city on Friday, August 16, 2013 to have a “WE FORGIVE YOU PAULA” rally in Times Square right outside of the Good Morning America studio during the 7AM filming hour. We want everyone to see that that Black people are for Paula and that we accept her apology. Black leaders such as the Rev. Jesse Jackson and the Rev. Al Sharpton have forgiven Paula. The Black community has forgiven Paula, it’s time for us all to open our hearts and give this good woman a second chance.
We want to have a huge banner made saying “WE FORGIVE YOU PAULA” and pink T-shirts made saying “BLACK PEOPLE FOR PAULA”. We also want to put together a
“WE FORGIVE YOU PAULA” signing book, that’s a book compiled of positive comments about Paula Deen you send us and we are going to send a copy to Paula and to the the companies that have chosen to prematurely brake ties with her.
The Black community is with you Paula and we are going to let the world know!
I’m sorry, please don’t speak for the entire African American community anonymous person who created this ridiculous effort. If you and your 100 brainwashed friends support and forgive Paula, fine, but don’t throw the rest of the 13% or so of African Americans in this country into this group. And truth be told, I really could care less about this sad excuse for attention and someone’s hope of being seen on GMA, I’m just disturbed that these 100 or so individuals could take the time to put together a website and gathering to show support of a southern bigot, but likely aren’t doing anything to address teen pregnancy among black girls, matriculation rates among African Americans, gun violence in Chicago — hell have they even put on a hoodie for Trayvon Martin?!
It never ceases to amaze me how some black folk always seem to return to the plantation in support of massa. Do we really think Paula would miss a day of frying butter to help a black person who caused such a racial stir? Me thinks not.