paula-deen-apologyNearly two months after Paula Deen’s empire began to implode after a leaked deposition exposed her use of the n-word, a judge has thrown out the racial discrimination claim against the chef.

Lisa Jackson, a Caucasian employee, sued Deen and her brother, Bubba Hiers, claiming she was sexually harassed and was a victim of the pair’s racism while she was employed at Uncle Bubba’s Seafood and Oyster House.

U.S. District Court Judge William T. Moore Jr. dismissed Jackson’s racial discrimination claim because she is white.

In his ruling, Judge Moore said Jackson was “an accidental victim of the alleged racial discrimination” targeted toward African American employees and “there are no allegations that defendant Hiers’ racially offensive comments were either directed toward plaintiff or made with the intent to harass her.”

Paula Deen’s representative reacted to the ruling in a statement to CNN: “We are pleased with the Court’s ruling today that Lisa Jackson’s claims of race discrimination have been dismissed. As Ms. Deen has stated before, she is confident that those who truly know how she lives her life know that she believes in equal opportunity, kindness and fairness for everyone.”

Although he threw out the racial discrimination claim, Judge Moore kept Jackson’s sexual harassment claim in place.

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  • MommieDearest

    For me this means NOTHING. Paula’s racially charged comments and racially discriminative employment practices didn’t just vanish because the racial discrimination part of the lawsuit did not apply to Lisa Jackson. Paula is just as shady as she was before. Her supporters need to be mindful of that before they start doing the happy dance.

    I hope Lisa Jackson wins the sexual harassment case and I hope the black employees who were discriminated against file their OWN lawsuit.

  • Beautiful Mic

    Jackson is just as much racist as she has accused Paula Deen as being because she filed a law suit on behalf of black people whom she never respected enough to consult with and take into consideration how the entire group felt about the situation. She bulldozed any say that had in the matter. Racist deflecting’ arse bia-ch.

    Furthermore, she displayed a cultural bias against Paula for being a white Southerner, playing into the expectation that they are ‘ignorant’ about race relations – which is why she tried it. Had Paula on tv pleading for dear mercy, of which I do believe she was genuinely apologetic.

    You have to consider that in this day, in specific social circles the use of the work ‘Nigga’ is acceptable across color lines/races. Withing the hip-hop sub-culture you’d find this used among people of different races who share an acclimation to black/hip hop culture. The same happens in the south, and south mid-west, where non-black people have acclimated to black/southern culture, mindset, vernacular and will use the word across racial lines in very intimate/familiar tight night circles.

    It happens, and the meaning of the word becomes fluid and specific to whatever group is using it within their group.

    It’s a reality here in these ‘ol United States.

    I’m not sure the specific implications of it’s use regarding the Paula Deen situation. When you combine the fact that they are lowly paid, economically dis-empowered, living in poverty, have no black leadership/ownership, and that Deen’s family and the black employees involved seem to be culturally ancestrally rooted in the deep south (Jackson is the outsider), people have drawn strong suspicions about intent of the word’s use and if the employee circumstances stem from an still present legacy of confederate culture in the south. I can understand that.

    However, if this were a famous white rapper using it on her college educated black assistant, and upper-middle class black childhood friend/former school mate, people would draw less suspicions of oppression and racist intent.

    Another example that comes to mind is the half white/half black singer Keke Wyatt whose mother has been embedded into black southern culture identity through her own mother’s intermarriage into a black family. The singer has gone on record saying that her white mother still uses the word to address her mixed race kids, at least. But it’s noted that the family evolved in an exclusively ‘black’ environment. And if everyone around them, other black people, has given her white mother permission to use the word, in what ever context intended… Should some outsider file a racism lawsuit on behalf of the blacks engaged just because the outsider might have another accusation against the person (harassment)?

    Talk about playing the race card.

    • Beautiful Mic

      Hey, I get thumbs down without a rebuttal?

      I am open, people…

  • Alonzo

    Those “Black Folk For Paula” must be ecstatic about the news