Jackson’s full statement (published by CNN.com) makes it clear that she is suing Deen and her brother, Bubba Hier, for ongoing prejudice and disrespect toward employees of Deen’s restaurants. Jackson was formerly a manager at a Deen establishment in Savannah, Georgia.
The clarification from Jackson makes much of the context of this controversy clearer. During her deposition for the suit, Deen admitted that she had once used the N-word “a very long time” in the past. Considering this was for a lawsuit that focused on disrespect, it makes sense that racial slurs would be brought into the story.
Jackson’s statement reads as follows:
“This lawsuit has never been about the N-word. It is to address Ms. Deen’s patterns of disrespect and degradation of people that she deems to be inferior.”
“I may be a white woman, but I could no longer tolerate her abuse of power as a business owner, nor her condonation of Mr. Hier’s despicable behavior on a day-to-day basis. I am what I am, and I am a human being that cares about all races, and that is why I feel it is important to be the voice for those who are too afraid to use theirs.”
Paula Deen’s lawyer has declared the statements in the lawsuit to be false. Neither that nor Deen’s later apologies have done much to help the food entrepreneur throughout the controversy.