And the Paula Deen machine keeps on moving. Last week she hired Judy Smith to try to reclaim her name, and now this week, she’s using the Prop 8 ruling to defend herself against the lawsuit filed by Lisa Jackson.
Deen doesn’t seem to want to go away.
Yesterday, Deen filed paperwork (read it here) in U.S. District Court in Georgia citing SCOTUS’ ruling June 26 that essentially struck down the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s anti-same-sex marriage Prop. 8. Deen’s former restaurant employee Lisa Jackson brought the original suit against the chef; although white, Jackson has bi-racial nieces. Deen’s supplementary material to the earlier motion for sanction noted Chief Justice John Roberts’ opinion for the majority in the Prop 8 ruling: “One essential aspect…is that any person invoking the power of a federal court must demonstrate standing to do so. This requires the litigant to prove that he has suffered a concrete and particularized injury that is fairly traceable to the challenged conduct, and is likely to be redressed by a favorable judicial decision…In other words, for a federal court to have authority under the Constitution to settle a dispute, the party before it must seek a remedy for a personal and tangible harm.”
In laymen’s terms, this simply means that Lisa Jackson, cannot bring a race discrimination suit alleging wrongful doings against African-Americans because she is not personally injured by racism directed at people of another race.
In a statement released yesterday, Jackson set the record straight about her lawsuit:
“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.”
Deen’s attorneys are pretty much standing by their claim that because Jackson is white, she should pretty much mind her business and don’t worry about the treatment of the “n” words employed by Deen and her brother.
“Jackson cannot enforce someone else’s right, and she has no actionable claim for feeling ‘uncomfortable’ around discriminatory conduct directed at others,” Deen’s attorneys said in their motion.
How dare Jackson become a whistle-blower when it involves racism and horrible work environments! Shame on her.