Judge Throws Out Discrimination Charges Against Paula Deen

gty_paula_deen_mi_130624_wblogIn a 20-page opinion released Monday, U.S. District Court Judge William T. Moore Jr. tossed out race discrimination claims made by former Savannah restaurant manager Lisa Jackson against celebrity chef Paula Deen and her brother, Bubba Hiers. According to the Moore, Jackson, who is white, was at best, “an accidental victim of the alleged racial discrimination.” This inconvenient reality will matter little to the civil rights lynch mob and their media enablers who have dedicated themselves to destroying Deen’s career. A USA Today story announcing Deen’s victory exemplifies the success of that effort. It was entitled, “Experts: Paula Deen is done despite legal win.”

In testimony, Deen admitted using the “n-word” over a quarter-century ago in a private conversation with her husband, following an armed robbery. When questioned further, she couldn’t recall any other specific instances of usage, but admitted the possibility that she had probably used it, or tolerated its usage, in joking. “But that’s just not a word that we use as time has gone on,” Deen said. “Things have changed since the ’60s in the South. And my children and my brother object to that word being used in any cruel or mean behavior. As well as I do.”

As a result her testimony, Deen’s career was dealt a severe blow. She was dropped by the Food Network after 11 years, along with pharmaceutical giant Novo Nordisk, Wal-mart, QVC, Smithfield Foods, Home Depot, Target, Sears, and others. Despite her 15th cookbook reaching number one at Amazon.com in pre-order sales, her former publisher, Random House’s Ballantine Books, canceled it.

Her current status is best described by David E. Johnson, CEO of Strategic Vision, a public relations and branding agency based in Suwanee, GA. “The narrative has been set,” he said, referring to a New York Times story attempting to further denigrate Deen regarding her long-term relationship with black Deen employee Dora Charles. Yet despite their best efforts, the paper was forced to reveal that an investigation by Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow PUSH Coalition found that while some employees at the Lady and Sons, where Mrs. Charles works, said there was bias against blacks, others insisted that it was a terrific place to work. And despite the reality that Mrs. Charles has only a ninth grade education, she currently earns around $71,000 per year.

Furthermore, the so-called narrative is a capricious one, as it relates to taboo remarks. For instance, despite actress Gwyneth Paltrow tweeting a photo of herself onstage at Jay-Z and Kanye West’s 2012 “Watch the Throne” concert in Paris with the caption, “Ni**as in paris for real,” there has been no discernible damage done to her career as a result. Actor Alec Baldwin allegedly called a black NY Post photographer a “coon,” and a “crackhead” in February, followed by a rant in June when he referred to Daily Mail reporter George Stark as a “toxic little queen” and “little bitch” on Twitter. For his “penance,” Baldwin will reportedly be getting his own weekly show on cable network MSNBC’s primetime lineup.

That would be the same MSNBC where racial arsonist Al Sharpton also has his own show, despite his own track record of both racist and anti-Semitic references. It was Sharpton who referred to the owner of Freddie’s Fashion Mart in Harlem as a “white interloper,” after which, he denied any responsibility for the ensuing massacre committed by protest attendee Roland James Smith, Jr. Smith killed seven people plus himself after ordering black people to leave the store prior to setting it on fire. Sharpton also referred to Jews as “diamond merchants” during the anti-Semitic Crown Heights riots in Brooklyn, which led to the death of Australian Jew Yankel Rosenbaum. Yet Sharpton’s chief claim to fame was his participation in the racially-charged Tawana Brawley hoax that resulted in a defamation judgment against him for accusing former New York prosecutor Steven Pagones of kidnapping and raping Brawley.

For Sharpton, a genuine track record of racism appears to be a career enhancement. So, too, for Jesse Jackson, whose career as as media-anointed spokesman for black America has never been derailed by his anti-Semitic reference to New York City as “Hymietown,” his 2008 off-air comment on Fox News during which he accused Barack Obama of “telling niggers how to behave,” or his most recent outburst, accusing the entire state of Florida of being racist, and comparing its Governor Rick Scott to hard-core segregationist George Wallace, because George Zimmerman was acquitted of murder.

Rod Dreher, writing for the American Conservative, offers up the most convincing explanation for why the likes of Sharpton, Jackson, Paltrow and Baldwin get a pass, while Deen does not. “Alec Baldwin, New York liberal, is of the media’s world; Paula Deen, Southern grits-chomper, is not,” he writes. “He can be forgiven for a slur he uttered the day before yesterday; she must be professionally destroyed for something she said years ago. She’s not one of us, dear.”

Meanwhile, Paltrow, whose obsession with body cleansing includes hawking her own kit for $425, stands in stark contrast to the traditional Southern recipes of Deen, who was derisively labeled the “cholesterol-loving chef” by Salon. Such recipes are utterly antithetical to the left’s preoccupation, led by Michelle Obama, of controlling the diet of every American, irrespective of their personal desires. Add Deen’s Southern and devoutly Baptist roots to the mix, two elements which also offend the elitist sensibilities of East and West Coast progressives, who see the rest of nation as “flyover country” filled with Americans who “cling” to their guns and religion, and her ex-communication becomes even more understandable.

Judge Moore refused to play along. He dismissed Lisa Jackson’s claim that she had suffered from racially offensive talk and employment practices allegedly aimed at black workers at Uncle Bubba’s Seafood and Oyster House. Moore also didn’t buy Jackson’s charge that such prejudices were “more personally offensive” to her because her nieces are biracial. The judge then explained that letting Jackson’s claim continue would “serve to conscript federal courts as human-resources departments that are responsible for imposing and monitoring a federally created standard for harmony in the workplace.”

One suspects progressives would like nothing better than to use the power of the federal government to create a “standard of harmony” for the entire nation. But for now, they will have to content themselves with the reality that Deen’s career may never be fully resurrected, irrespective of the numerous, high-profile apologies she has made. Such a fate may be insufficient for the racial grievance industry, still reeling from the not guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman murder case. Their reflexive charge of racism, based on Deen’s use of a single word that virtually every one of the “civil rights” leaders have undoubtedly uttered themselves, reeks of hypocrisy.

“We are pleased with the court’s ruling today that Lisa Jackson’s claims of race discrimination have been dismissed,” said Deen spokeswoman Elana Weiss in a statement e-mailed to the Associated Press. “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.” In a nation where maintaining a racial divide among Americans remains an extremely lucrative enterprise, Deen’s confidence is misplaced.

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  • republicanbalck

    Look people may be upset with me for saying this. I love Paula Deen. She is great. I don’t know the context when she said what she said. Also if she was a racist I doubt she would be hanging with those people. If we can have movies like The Help and Gone with the Wind, I am sure Paula can make a joke. But that’s not why I am here, I am here to let you all know this race thing is getting out of hand and that George Zimmerman got away because the prosecution did not want to prosecute, want the proof check it out

    http://apleblog.com/2013/08/13/prosecutorial-fail-why-george-zimmerman-walked/

    • CowboyUp

      Zimmerman didn’t get away, he was acquitted because he committed no crime.

    • CAStr8talk

      That link you supplied is a column by another goof coming to a conclusion on the Zimmerman case that is not supported by the evidence. There is no evidence Zimmerman tried to kidnap Martin whatsoever. That columnist needs to take some reality pills and knock off the nutty racism against everyone who isn’t black.

  • RazzBarry1

    A black man robbed Paula when she worked for a bank, at gun point, I believe. She used what people are calling the “N word” (wish I knew the definition). It was over twenty years ago.
    I read what you call “proof” that GZ got away because the prosecution did not want to prosecute. I do think they didn’t want to prosecute, but, I believe it was because they knew they had no case. People act as though there was no investigation until Sharpton started screaming racism. There was, and no charges were brought, because, as we found out in the trial, Zimmerman killed Martin in self defense.
    The taxpayers are out a lot of money because Martin’s family refused to believe the police. Then, people like Sharpton, Obama, Jackson…wanted something to get the blacks out to vote so they used Zimmerman, thinking he was white. They were just stupid and picked the wrong person, it turned out Zimmerman was a good democrat and looked Hispanic.
    What the author in the article seemed to be saying was all speculation. There was no reason to believe Zimmerman wanted to kidnap or fold Martin until the police arrived. There was, how ever, evidence Martin attacked and held Zimmerman against his will.
    I do believe you are right. This race thing is getting out of hand. I don’t know if it will ever get better. I wish we could all stop thinking of ourselves as anything other than Americans. I don’t think that’s what those in government want. They keep power over us by keeping us divided.

    • David of Edinburgh

      So uttering the ‘n’ word in a deadly situation is viewed more seriously than the assailant pointing his gun at the linguistic offender’s head? What a twisted world we live in. Let me out!

      • RazzBarry1

        Yes, the world is truly upside down, and trying to make sense of it will push you over the edge. As the saying goes, “The inmates are running the asylum.” People who would not recognize logic, if it walked up and smacked them in the face, expect the world to kowtow.

      • nomoretraitors

        Of course. This is liberal land

        • johnnywood

          America is now “Obamaville” coast to coast.

  • davarino

    I am not a huge Deen fan, but what happened to her is wrong. I hope she comes back stronger than before.

  • Elizabeth Cape Cod

    I don’t expect the MSM to vindicate her anytime soon.

  • Charles Martel

    For Mrs. Deen, here is an old Southern expression she should understand, “if you lay down with dogs you get the fleas.” She was a huge Obama supporter, but she is white and Southern. She should have avoided the empowerment of people who would see her enslaved if possible. Truth can be very painful.

    Check out the full abomination occurring at SBPDL.

    • Rocky Mountain

      I don’t think this is something she could’ve predicted.

  • http://uncensored.citadel.org/ IGnatius T Foobar

    Al Sharpton is the biggest racist in the world. He and other race-hustlers have done more to set back race relations than the group of Democrats known as the KKK ever did.

    • johnnywood

      And he makes lots of money off of it.

  • Robert_Fl

    What happened to Deen was wrong, but I don’t have much sympathy for her. She supported obama and the the kind of people who are stirring the racial pot. It’s good to see one of “their own” reap the rewards.

    • RazzBarry1

      I agree. She also supported Jimmy Carter. She’s shown other signs of mental illness. In her book, “It Ain’t All About The Cookin”, she tells of her years of being afraid to leave her home, and her affair with a married man, whom she gave money too.

      The woman built a business where hundreds, if not thousands, of people could earn a living. This is how the left rewards her. They kill the goose that lays the golden eggs.

    • Rocky Mountain

      The problem with this is that no matter who she supported the same thing would’ve happened – this is not a question of ‘reaping’ rewards and the idea that its some kind of karmic payback is pretty nasty.

      • Robert_Fl

        Perhaps you should re-read my comment…more slowly. There is nothing nasty about seeing karmic justice come to one who supported people who live by the racial sword. The truly nasty people are the ones who have brought our country to this sad state of affairs.

        • Rocky Mountain

          I did re-read your comment as per your suggestion and I still think that you’re saying that because Deen supported Obama she is reaping something that you imagine she sowed. There indeed may exist a ‘sad state of affairs’ but I have to say that you have made a contribution.

          • Robert_Fl

            I did not imagine anything. What part of “she supported the people that brought these insane PC policies about” don’t you understand? She most certainly did reap some of what she sowed. I’ll save you the trouble of reading my post again by pointing out that I do not think it was right for this to happen to anyone.

  • Wade Englund

    This, along with the Treyvon Martin race-baiting by the Left, exposes a disturbing trend about which I remark here: http://leftistlunc.blogspot.com/2013/06/equality-and-civil-rights.html

  • nimbii

    Just my opinion.
    Paula Deen should not have apologized for anything. She should have simply said that none of live charmed lives and there are formative dark corners in all our lives that affect us all especially when we are still vulnerable as children and young adults.
    As mature adults we improve at recognizing and dealing with these remnants of previous experiences as we move to better and more balanced, healthful lives.
    Again, just my opinion.

  • antioli

    They are trying to make an example of her to cower others. They must be desperate to find an instance to use as an example if they have to go back 30 years. The liberals are supposed to be fighting bullying but then they pick out her and Zimmerman ,two rather powerless people to try and destroy.

  • objectivefactsmatter

    “Judge Moore refused to play along. He dismissed Lisa Jackson’s claim that she had suffered from racially offensive talk and employment practices allegedly aimed at black workers at Uncle Bubba’s Seafood and Oyster House. Moore also didn’t buy Jackson’s charge that such prejudices were “more personally offensive” to her because her nieces are biracial. The judge then explained that letting Jackson’s claim continue would “serve to conscript federal courts as human-resources departments that are responsible for imposing and monitoring a federally created standard for harmony in the workplace.””

    This whole story sucks, but I was starting to wonder if any sane judges remained on the bench anywhere. I guess this is a tiny glimmer of hope.

  • onecornpone

    This has never been about racism, it is about the Left passing judgment on a person the glitteratti deemed undeserving of her fame and riches. It is about the exercise of power.

    If you will recall, Deen was ravaged by the Liberal press when it was announced that she has Type 2 diabetes. They tried their best to hang her over that revelation, since she regularly laughs and jokes about enjoying un-PC food, like deep-fried bacon and regularly opines that more butter is always better, et.c.

    It seems to be fine for THE Oprah to be fat and rich, but we know she gets special dispensation due to her race, whereas Deen is just Po fat white trash, made good – making her a prime target for her very own political allies to use for target practice.

    I am NO fan of Deen, since I noticed her pandering to Jimmah and Roselyn. I wonder if Deen will reconsider her political affiliation after having her burgeoning empire was destroyed by her own compatriots?

  • Dru Vaughn

    WoW! Finally common sense prevails. All the people pointing their hypocritical fingers at her (you know who you are) deserve nothing less than her “middle” finger pointed at you. Let’s call this what it really is, a witch hunt. these same people have done the same and some probably much worse. She should start nosing around in their private business. most peoples closets are pretty full these days.