The Food Network announced Friday that it will not renew the contract of Paula Deen after she admitted using a racial epithet – but a black pastor who is friends with the celebrity chef said she “can’t be a racist.” Deen apologized Friday for “the wrong that I’ve done,” a move that follows revelations this week that she admitted saying the N-word.
But Pastor Gregory A. Tyson Sr. from First Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church in Savannah, Georgia, defended Deen to WTOC, a CNN affiliate. “I know her,” Tyson said. “My children have been to her house. I’ve been to her house, I’ve sat on her furniture. I’ve been all through her house. What racist would let a black man walk all through her house?” Tyson also said he is pastor to Hollis Johnson – the black man who manages much of Deen’s affairs, travels everywhere with her, owns a successful limo company with a fleet of cars that Deen helped finance.
“She is a mother to him, a mother figure,” Tyson said. “People are going to jump on it and believe what they want to believe and add what they want to add,” said Tyson. “But one thing I can sit here today and look you in the face and tell you is that woman can’t be a racist.”
“She can’t have a heart against black people with all that she had done, and all she continues to do,” Tyson continued. “That is why I’m here with you today to be a character witness for miss Paula Deen because she is a beautiful person, a beautiful spirit.”
Asked what he thinks about Deen’s admission that she has used the N-word, Tyson said, “Who hasn’t? That doesn’t make her a racist. Would a racist gives thousands of dollars to an organization that helps black boys?”
didn’t the slave masters have the slaves all up in the house?
how much did she pay this coon?
damage control is on an all time high right now.
how could any black person defend her after reading the complaint?
the complaint was from a white worker.
what also puzzles me is how hear workers put up with that abuse?
It turns out that Paula Deen may not have just been racist twice (first when she used the n-word to describe a black man who held her at gunpoint, then when she wanted tap-dancing black men dressed as slaves to cater a wedding). She may have been racist at least three, or even four times, according to a lawsuit filed by her former employees. (Maybe — gasp — she might have been racist at All The Times?)
The Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, a prominent civil rights group, told The Huffington Post that Deen’s employees had repeatedly experienced serious racial discrimination — the kind that actually violates federal equal opportunity law:
[An attorney for Rainbow/PUSH] said one current and two former employees told him white employees are routinely paid more than black employees and are promoted more quickly. A black man who had threatened to go to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said Deen’s brother told him “you don’t have any civil rights here,” Rainbow/PUSH said in a press release.
Rainbow/PUSH said it has “found evidence of systemic racial discimination and harassment” by Deen and that “a family member consistently referred to a black cook as ‘my little monkey.’”
Patillo, who conducted interviews in Savannah where Deen’s restaurant is located, said current and former employees told him that Deen “preferred white and light-skinned blacks to work with customers” and that darker-skinned blacks were relegated to “back-of-the-house operations.”
If this is true (and keep in mind, these are still allegations at this point), this makes Deen’s admitted use of the “n-word” more than just the jokes she claimed they were in her deposition — it’s systematic and abhorrent racism.
…for three dollars an hour,
i don’t get it.
i don’t understand why people allow disrespect like that.
i would have socked that bitch.
bad enough a majority of the workers at her restaurant were black: