Paula Deen laughed and 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.”
The media accounts that I've seen on Paula Deen have focused on her admitting to long ago having said 'the N word' but that she really means no harm and she isn't a racist. There's been sympathy for Deen losing so many business deals over this. As though what she did was long ago, and simply reflected the culture she grew up with in the deep South. Today, she would have us believe, she is horrified at what she had done long ago and so very sorry. Given that context, the many businesses cutting ties with her may seem extreme. I decided to hold off writing about this until more came out.
StoneKettle blog had a link to the court documents from At Law blog listing numerous alleged instances of sexual, racial, and other discriminatory behavior at Paula Deen's businesses. It's a PDF document I can't cut and paste from.
Although these are allegations, it's hard to imagine someone making up so many, so specific incidents and getting them this far in the legal process without their being some basis to them. As much as people claim that there are false claims of racial and sexual discrimination and harassment, these go way beyond simple or isolated incidents. There are other court documents that were already up on Scribed, but in this one the allegations are clearly spelled out.
It is truly shocking to imagine that people are putting up with such behavior at work today.
Here are a few of the allegations, and I'm only picking a few and restricting my selection to racial discrimination, not sexual. The point is to expose the timidity of the media in their handling of this case.
Note: Bubba Hiers is Paula Deen's brother and the locations are all businesses under the Paula Deen business empire.
"52. At Uncle Bubba’s restaurant, African-American staff persons are required to use the back entrance for all purposes, including picking up their checks. they were prohibited from using the front entrance.
53. African-American staff persons at Uncle Bubba’s restaurant are required to use one restroom that is in the back of the restaurant and is not the customer restroom. White staff was allowed to use the customer bathroom.
55. Ms. Jackson hired two African-American hostesses. Their position required them to be stationed in the front of the restaurant. Bubba Hiers complained repeatedly about one hostess being out front and she was later fired for allegedly stealing a white customer’s purse. The police were called and the young woman was searched, but she was not arrested and no charges were brought. Mr. Hiers demanded that the other African-American hostess be moved to a position in the back of the restaurant where she could not be seen by customers.
56a. Ms. Jackson was meeting with a vendor in her office at Uncle Bubba’s restaurant when Bubba Hiers entered the office and slammed the door behind him, stating “I wish I could put all those niggers [in the kitchen] on a boat to Africa.”
56c. In Ms. Jackson’s presence Bubba Hiers said to his African-American security guard and driver, “don’t you wish you could rub all the black off you and be like me?” the security guard responded, “I’m fine the way I am,” whereupon Mr. Hiers replied that ”you just look dirty, I bet you wish you could.”
56e In the presence of a vendor who traps wildlife (e.g., raccoons) and Ms. Jackson, Bubba Hiers stated, “you also got a bunch of coons in this kitchen you can trap.” The kitchen was primarily staffed with African-Americans.
This is just the tip of the iceberg. Here's the whole list which I found through Stonekettle, who linked to At Law which had a link to the document which I put on Scribed so you could see it. The allegations start at page 4.