All Further Articles for 2013-06-27

Thursday, June 27, 2013
On Paula Deen, the Big House Kitchen and Where Them Hoecakes Really Came From
Amidst the media uproar over a discrimination lawsuit against TV chef and entrepreneur Paula Deen - Did she say the n-word? Is she a racist? Well, duh - comes the clear calm voice of Michael Twitty, a black Jewish chef, writer and fellow Southerner whose Cooking Gene Project explores the food history of slaves and enslavers. Rejecting "the national surprise towards you saying the word 'nigger' (as) an attempt to hide the pervasiveness of racism," he focuses on the "culinary injustice" of plantation museums where the renowned food "came from Black men and women truly slaving away...dying multiple deaths of anonymity and cultural amnesia." "Systemic racism in the world of Southern food and public discourse not your past epithets are what really piss me off."
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The (Inexcusably High) Cost of Fighting History
The historic SCOTUS ruling on DOMA wasn't just a legal and moral big deal, but an economic one as well. Within hours of the ruling, the Pentagon and other federal agencies quickly moved to extend benefits to same-sex partners amidst estimates that other gay couples will save millions. Meanwhile, Democrats ripped the GOP for wasting our time and money, citing Budget Office reports that repealing DOMA could save taxpayers up to $10 billion. With a 30-second wrap-up of what the ruling means for us all. “It’s very expensive to fight history." - Rep. Jan Schakowsky
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