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Knowledge and Phone Tapping

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Ken Stiggers

Mr. Announcement: "On this episode of the award-winning daytime-television soap opera 'All God's Churn Got Shoes,' Aunt Tee Tee Hustle, computer and electronics nerd, accidentally taps into an interesting phone conversation between Shirley Sherrod and Paula Deen.

Paula Deen: "Hello, Ms. Sherrod. This is Paula Deen. I'm in a big pickle because the darn media found out that I said the "N" word. As soon as the news was out, things got worse. Folks posted viral videos talking about me, calling me the "B" word and "R" word. The Food Network fired me, sponsors dropped me like a hot potato, and I'm the pork butt of jokes on Twitter and Facebook. I heard you had the same experience. Do you have any advice for me?"

Shirley Sherrod: "Yes, Ms. Deen. I had a similar experience in 2010; however, I just viewed a 2012 video interview you did where you defended your attitude toward race. My first response was: 'Okay, that's Ms. Deen's opinion.' But what really surprised me was after defending your view, you mentioned a special friendship with a 'dark as a black board' African American friend. Then, in an unknowing and condescending manner, you said something like this: 'Come out here my good ole' friend. We can't see you standing beside that blackboard.' My second response was: 'Epic Fail.' Therefore, my advice to you, Ms. Deen, is to ride this wave out and deal with the debris."

Aunt Tee Tee: "Wow! Knowledge and phone-tapping is power."

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