Paula Deen Defends Race Relations, Brings Black Employee On Stage: 'We can't see you in front of that dark board' [Video]

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New video has surfaced that shows celebrity chef Paula Deen voicing questionable views on race just months before she was fired by The Food Network.

Her extreme views were made clear for The New York Times last year when Paula spoke with reporter Kim Severson on a variety of topics including southern attitudes toward race.

She justifies racism:

‘We’re all prejudiced against one thing or another,’ she continues. ‘I think black people feel the same prejudice that white people feel.’

If you think that’s bad, it gets worse:

By far the strangest, most awkward moment of the whole talk, however, is when she talks about a black employee of hers named Hollis Johnson.

She says that he’s become very dear to her in the 18 years she’s known him, which is plenty sweet. But then she says points to the jet-colored backdrop behind her and says he’s “black as this board.” She proceeds to call out to him in the audience and ask him to come on stage, telling him, “We can’t see you standing in front of that dark board!” The audience roars with laughter. Severson, shocked, says, “Welcome to New York.” And Paula, characteristically, responds, “Welcome to the South.”


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