“Is that a negro? Bring it here. I desire jazz hands.”
Paula Deen and her brother Bubba Hiers (This story’s great already, I know.) are currently being sued for sexual harrasment by Lisa Jackson the former general manager of their jointly-owned restaurant Uncle Bubba’s Oyster House. Along with claims that Bubba openly watched porn in front of her and made sexual advances, Lisa, who’s white by the way, also claims in her suit that Bubba made black employees use a restroom in the back of the restaurant while allowing white employees to use the nicer customer restrooms. On top of that, she also alleges Paula Deen freely uses the term “nigger.” Via RadarOnline:
According to the court documents, Jackson states that she was appointed by Deen to handle the catering and staff for Bubba’s wedding in 2007, and she asked Deen what the servers should wear: “Well what I would really like is a bunch of little niggers 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,” Jackson alleges Deen told her. “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.”
Of course, much like Kirk Cameron being a massive homophobe, it really shouldn’t be shocking that an elderly white woman from the south is all kinds of racist. That said, unless you’re from the south, you’re never fully prepared for how it manifests itself. You always expect something horrible like, “Them darkies shouldn’t be allowed to drive cars on the same road as white folk!” But instead it’s something way more random, and almost genteel, that you’d never expect. Something like, “In the good old days, you could make a nigger bake you a delicious peach pie for a Jew nickel.” It catches you off guard is all.