Ms. Deen used to host a beloved cooking show. Now perhaps she's back to the restaurant, among friends, maybe hostessing. What happened there?
race, color, religion, sex, and national origin. This according to Title VII of the 1964 United States Civil Rights Act [U. S. C. §2000e–2(a)]
Paula's status as owner of the restaurant makes her culpable, possibly, of three of the five:
(3) anti-Semitism -- a national-origin ping.
The story about Ms. Deen caught me because as a therapist, I know that cultural discrimination and sexual harassment, certainly all of the hate "isms" hurt people. There is an entire industry, thankfully, of designer workshops to stop relationship violence. Some workshop professionals load them heavily with empathy training. The goal is to teach it, what it feels like to be on the receiving end of harassment, abuse. That's the objective.
Worse, many still find jokes about the isms funny. Oy vey.
Every workplace, every public figure, everyone over the age of three, really, should have empathy training. We therapists would have less work to do, but that's good.
If you Google the word shvartze you’ll find it means black in Yiddish, a derogatory expression, one our grandparents, if they immigrated in the twenties, might have used. The children of those immigrants, now in their sixties, like Paula Deen, used the word, too, people like my parents who knew it was derogatory.
The schvartes are going to riot downtown because that man assassinated Martin Luther King.
Where: Anywhere, but it will feel like the Deep South
Why: Because we love that movie, Django, it brings us back to the way things used to be.
Your Hostess: Not sure, but Paula Deen, America Cooks Deep South, is catering!
What to wear: Big hair, heavy make-up, beautiful gowns, gloves, tails
How to speak: Practice that Southern drawl
Meeting you at the door: Black slaves in their very best. You’ll finally get that respect, the Suh and Ma’am you deserve!