by Yvette Carnell
Before gutting the Voting Rights Act, Supreme Court Justice John Roberts smugly asked whether it was the “government’s submission that the citizens in the South are more racist than the citizens in the North?” That question revealed Roberts’ intent to gut the Voting Rights Act based on his belief that the South and the North deserve the same federal treatment, even though disenfranchisement of Blacks has always been more prevalent in the South than the North.
As if we needed more proof, a Public Policy Polling survey revealed that celebrity chef Paula Deen, who has been embroiled in controversy since a former employee revealed that Deen used racial slurs, is more popular among Georgia Republicans than Martin Luther King Jr.
According to the poll, Deen has a 73 percent favorability rating with Georgia Republicans, while Martin Luther King Jr. has a 59 percent favorability among self-identified Republicans in the state.
This should serve as a teachable moment to the Politics of Redemption Black folk, who believe that white racists would like them if they would only get black boys to pull up their pants. Martin Luther King fought for freedom (in a suit, most of the time) but even decades after his death, his favorability rating still falls below that of a “aaawwww shucks” cooking queen who used racial slurs and paid her “soul sister” Black cook less than $10 an hour.
Deen has lost several major sponsors since revelations came out about her using racial slurs, but as usual, the right wing Southern bloc will stand with anyone who disparages Blacks. That’s part of the Southern way of life.