Whitesboro Peanut Festival
In reference to your article in OUR FAMILY, July 2013, the festival in Whitesboro, TX is the PEANUT Festival, not the PECAN Festival. My grandfather, Jasper Rogers, was one of the first peanut farmers in Whitesboro in 1912 or 1913.
The recent media obsession with TV cook, Paula Deen’s admission to using the “N” word 20 years ago completely missed the more relevant things she has said.
One of Ms. Deen’s apologies included the statement that there is no racism in the south today and that slavery has been incorrectly explained. To paraphrase her statement, she said slaves were actually treated as members of the family, like children, in the south. I guess Ms. Deen must think it was okay to beat these so-called children if they disobeyed or failed to work hard enough. And it was moral to mutilate or murder any child that tried to escape. And in her view taking and selling their children is acceptable in Southern families. She also failed to mention it was a capital crime to teach a slave to read or write. It is her defense of slavery that reveals her true racism and not her use of any word.
It is hard to believe any person who can read, hear, or see the many factual accounts of slavery can be so deluded to offer pure racism as a defense for racism.