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Thu Jul 25, 2013, 02:45 PM

NYT: Paula Deen’s Cook Tells of Slights, Steeped in History

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/25/us/paula-deens-soul-sister-portrays-an-unequal-bond.html?src=me&ref=general

SAVANNAH, Ga. —

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For 22 years, Mrs. Charles was the queen of the Deen kitchens. She helped open the Lady & Sons, the restaurant here that made Ms. Deen’s career. She developed recipes, trained other cooks and made sure everything down to the collard greens tasted right.

“If it’s a Southern dish,” Ms. Deen once said, “you better not put it out unless it passes this woman’s tongue.”

The money was not great. Mrs. Charles spent years making less than $10 an hour, even after Ms. Deen became a Food Network star. And there were tough moments. She said Ms. Deen used racial slurs. Once she wanted Mrs. Charles to ring a dinner bell in front of the restaurant, hollering for people to come and get it.

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Now, Ms. Deen, 66, is fighting empire-crushing accusations of racism, and Mrs. Charles, 59 and nursing a bad shoulder, lives in an aging trailer home on the outskirts of Savannah.

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In 2010, Lisa T. Jackson, a white manager working at Uncle Bubba’s Oyster House, the restaurant Ms. Deen set up for her brother, Earl Hiers, known as Bubba, voiced claims of racism and sexual harassment in the Deen empire.

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Ms. Jackson told Mrs. Charles that she was paid less than others who helped run the kitchen and who had not been there as long. Those people were white. Ms. Jackson introduced her to S. Wesley Woolf, the Savannah lawyer who would go on to file the suit.

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Much more at:
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/25/us/paula-deens-soul-sister-portrays-an-unequal-bond.html?src=me&ref=general

Paula Deen needs to make restition to her employees. What a racist, selfish piece of work.

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Response to chimpymustgo (Original post)

Thu Jul 25, 2013, 02:47 PM

1. Oh thank God! Someone to hate again besides Zimmerman.

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Response to TreasonousBastard (Reply #1)

Thu Jul 25, 2013, 02:50 PM

2. I was really moved when I read this woman's account. It's important these stories get told.

You're not required to hate Paula Deen.

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Response to chimpymustgo (Original post)

Thu Jul 25, 2013, 04:18 PM

3. Thanks.

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