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A copy of the deposition transcript is published below.

Deen, her brother Earl “Bubba” Hiers, her company, and the corporations that operate a pair of restaurants she owns in Savannah, Ga., are being sued by former employee Lisa Jackson. A complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia by Jackson’s attorney, Matthew Billips, last November alleged she was subjected to “violent, sexist, and racist behavior” during five years working for Deen’s various businesses.

According to the complaint, Jackson began working for Uncle Bubba’s Oyster House, a restaurant run by Hiers, in early 2005 and left in August 2010 due to the inappropriate behavior she said she was subjected to in her time there. In the deposition, Deen said she owns half of the corporation that operates Uncle Bubba’s Oyster House. Jackson also said she did some other work for Deen’s company and a restaurant she runs. The complaint alleged “racially discriminatory attitudes pervade” Uncle Bubba’s Oyster House where Jackson claimed African-American employees were required to use separate bathrooms and entrances from white staffers. Jackson also said African-Americans were held to “different, more stringent, standards” than whites at the restaurant and that Hiers regularly made offensive racial remarks. In the complaint, Jackson is described as a “white female.” However the complaint noted she has biracial nieces, so “derogatory remarks regarding African Americans are even more personally offensive to Ms. Jackson than they would be to another white citizen.”

Along with the allegations of racism, Jackson’s complaint accuses Hiers of making inappropriate sexual comments and forcing her to look at pornography with him. The complaint also said Hiers violently shook employees on multiple occasions and came to work in an “almost constant state of intoxication.”

Jackson’s complaint also accuses Deen of racism and enabling Hiers’ behavior. According to the complaint, Deen and other managers at her companies ignored Jackson’s attempts to discuss Hiers’ behavior. As evidence that Deen “holds such racist views herself,” the complaint details an incident that occurred when Jackson was in charge of “food and serving arrangements” at Hier’s wedding in 2007. The complaint includes a comment Deen allegedly made when asked by Jackson what type of uniforms the servers should wear at the wedding.

“Well what I would really like is a bunch of little n****** to wear long-sleeve white shirts, black shorts and black bow ties, you know in the Shirley Temple days, they used to tap dance around,” the lawsuit claims Deen said. “Now that would be a true southern wedding, wouldn’t it? But we can’t do that because the media would be on me about that.”

In her deposition, which was given last month, Deen denied many of the allegations against Hiers and addressed the alleged comment about his wedding. Deen said she remembered telling Jackson and another employee about a restaurant she went to with an exclusively African-American waitstaff that she wanted to emulate, but was worried about the potential reaction. Though Deen admitted to using the phrase “really southern plantation wedding” she denied having said the N word.


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PoliticsNation commented on Monday, Jul 01, 2013 at 17:08 PM

CNN is airing a special called "The N Word," hosted by Don Lemon, on Monday night.

Lemon will be debating the use of the word, in light of the recent allegations of racism against Paula Deen and the George Zimmerman trial. TV Newser reported that the special will air at 7 p.m. in lieu of "Outfront," while Erin Burnett is on vacation.

Lemon has previously said that he believes journalists should say the full word, instead of the phrase "n-word," when reporting a story. "I think someone should say, that person called someone 'nigger,' instead of saying 'the n-word,' because I think it sanitizes it," he explained last year, adding that he hated the use of the word in music and when it's used for misogynistic purposes.

He reiterated those views while speaking to Burnett last week. "That is the word," Lemon said. "I don't go around calling people that word and I don't like it when I hear it, but I think it needs to be said."

sebekm commented on Tuesday, Jul 02, 2013 at 12:58 PM

Anyone who has heard the stand-up comedy acts of Richard Pryor and Redd Foxx has to wonder about it all. I absolutely LOVE the classic TV series "Sanford and Son." I recorded all of the episodes off-the-air when they were being regularly run on the TVLand and TV One networks, but I later realized that I should have recorded all the episodes off of TV One ONLY. Why? Because TVLand edits and censors several episodes due to (actual/perceived) "language" issues. (TVLand edits the hell out of their "classic TV" episodes to cram in more commercials, but that's a separate issue than the one I'm addressing here.)

There is one episode in particular that I made sure I went back and recorded off TV One when I saw that their broadcasted version was complete (and BETTER) than the one shown on TVLand. The episode is titled "Fred Sanford, Legal Eagle," and here is the IMDB synopsis:

"When Lamont gets a traffic ticket, Fred convinces him to fight it in court, where the poor man's Perry Mason steps up to defend his son against the system."

At a key point in the episode, Fred cross-examines the white police officer who gave Lamont the ticket. Here's part of the exchange between Fred and the officer:

Fred Sanford: "Listen, why don't you arrest some white drivers?"

Cop: "I do."

Fred Sanford: "You do? Well, where are they?"

(Fred gestures toward the court room seating area - where ostensibly all of the day's traffic defendants are sitting. They are all black.)

"Look at all these niggers in here! Look around here! There's enough niggers in here to make a Tarzan movie!"

The TV One showing contains this dialogue, which is totally censored out of the TVLand episode. Why? Both TV One and TVLand are "cable" channels, where supposedly the "envelope can be pushed" harder than on non-cable television. Why would TV One which - according to their channel description on DIRECTV - is "a lifestyle and entertainment network for African-American adults" think it's okay to run the episode uncensored while TVLand obviously believes it can't (or shouldn't)? Specifically: If the "n-word" is so offensive to black people, why would the self-professed "black channel" choose to include the dialogue in their broadcast when the (ostensibly) "non-black channel" does not?

I believe that only when we come to grips with the answers to these questions will we understand the significance of the "n-word" in our society.

sebekm commented on Tuesday, Jul 02, 2013 at 13:31 PM

.....and one other thing about the "Sanford and Son" episode cited above:

After Fred utters his "Tarzan movie" line, the camera cuts to the court room seating area, where the assembled group is jumping up and down, applauding, cheering, hooting and woofing with such exhuberance that it reminds me of the way the audience greeted Arsenio Hall at the beginning of his late night TV show in the 1990s. It almost seems as though they are CHEERING the "n-word."

SportsFan31313 commented on Monday, Jul 22, 2013 at 17:54 PM

I saw it Sebe.

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