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At the Intersection of Faith and Culture

At the Intersection of Faith and Culture

Paula Deen and the Fundamental Transformation of America

As most of us now know, Paula Deen has admitted to having used “the N-word” at some time in her life, most memorably when, some 30 years ago or so, she provided her husband with a description of a black thug who put a gun to her head while he robbed the bank at which Deen worked.  This thug was also an ingrate, as it turned out, for Deen had previously gone out of her way to help him get a loan.

For this, the agents of the Racism Industrial Complex (RIC) have been busy crucifying her.

The treatment to which Paula Deen has been subjected is nothing more or less than an outrage.  Yet, ultimately, her plight has little to do with either Deen or any effort to combat so-called “white racism.”

In addition to being a white Southerner, Deen is a heterosexual and Christian.  She also happens to be a remarkably successful entrepreneur, a “capitalist,” whose rags-to-riches life story at once embodies and vindicates the American Dream.  Yet it is precisely in all of these respects that Deen represents what, historically, amounts to an American norm—an America that the left has been laboring long and hard to destroy.

In other words, the Paula Deen issue isn’t about Paula Deen; it is about the fundamental transformation of America.

That Deen’s critics aren’t in the least concerned with “racism” can easily be gotten from the fact that even as they wail and gnash their teeth over her admission to having used “the N-word” three decades ago, their silence is deafening when it comes to the shocking levels and nature of black-on-white violence.

For example, just six weeks ago or so, George Thomas went to trial one more time in Knoxville, Tennessee—and once more, he was found guilty of the crime for which he was tried.  Chances are, the reader hasn’t a clue as to who George Thomas is.

And this is the problem.

Thomas, you see, is black, and in 2007, along with four other blacks, including one woman, he carjacked, abducted, tortured, raped, and murdered a young white couple—Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom.

According to Jamie Sutterfield, a reporter for the Knoxville News Sentinel, a medical examiner—Dr. Darinka Mileusnic-Polchan—testified at the trial of one of the defendants that “Newsom was repeatedly raped and then blindfolded, gagged, arms and feet bound and his head covered.”  Then, while “barefoot, he was either led or dragged outside the house to a set of nearby railroad tracks, where a gun was placed to the back of his head and fired.  He was shot twice more, once in the neck and once in the back.”

Finally, his “body was…set on fire [.]”

Christian, though, wouldn’t die until hours later—after unrelenting “sexual torture.”

Continuing with her summation of the medical examiner’s findings, Sutterfield writes: “Christian suffered horrific injuries to her vagina, anus, and mouth. She was not only raped, but savaged with ‘an object’…She was beaten in the head.  Some type of chemical was poured down her threat, and her body, including her bleeding and battered genital area, likely scrubbed by the same solution—all while Christian was alive [.]”

Yet Christian’s ordeal was not over.  “She was then ‘hog-tied,’ with curtains and strips of bedding, her face covered tightly with a small white trash bag and her body stashed inside five large trash bags before being placed inside a large trash can and covered with sheets.”

The medical examiner concluded that “Christian died slowly, suffocating [.]”

There is no question that had Newsom and Christian been black and their assailants white, there is no one in America, and probably even in the Western world, who would be unfamiliar with their names.  In the real word, though, thanks to both the hypocritical and cowardly nature of our racial politics as well as the shamelessness and remorselessness of the Racism-Industrial-Complex—including and particularly the media—they and their tormentors remain largely unknown.

And Paula Deen is persona-non-grata.

Jesus said of the Pharisees that they were a “brood of vipers,” hypocrites who “strained out the gnat” while “letting in the camel.” In essence, the Pharisees obsessed over the little things while ignoring those matters that really mattered.  The same is true of the “anti-racists” who are now gunning for Paula Deen—but who turn a blind eye and deaf ear to the George Thomases of the world.

To be sure, the Paula Deen brouhaha has little to do with her and nothing to do with stopping “racism.” It is inspired by a vision to fundamentally transform America.

This vision is typically called “Political Correctness.”  But maybe it would be more accurate to call it Pharisaic Correctness.

 

 

 

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