"The Rainbow/PUSH Coalition and it’s attorney, Robert Patillo, traveled to Savannah to investigate and interview employees of Paula Deen’s food conglomerate.
According to Robert Patillo, who interviewed several current and former employees, a family member consistently referred to a black cook as “my little monkey”; a black male employee who threatened to go to EEOC with complaints of discrimination was told “you don’t have any civil rights here” by Deen’s brother; that whites are routinely paid more and promoted sooner than blacks; that until recently a black women who for years helped Deen create her recipes and taught her to cook was paid less than $10.00 per hour; that Deen preferred white and light skinned blacks to work with customers and relegating darker blacks to back-of-the-house operations; that blacks are reluctant to speak openly about working conditions due to fears of retaliation from Deen.
Attorney Janice L. Mathis, VP of Rainbow PUSH indicates that “these reports seem to indicate systemic discrimination and exclusion and are inconsistent with Deen’s statements. The allegations are credible in the sense that they corroborate each other. Unfortunately, there are still pockets of culture in the South that persist in unenlightened attitudes and practices."
So it’s not just using the n-word, telling racist jokes, or planning a plantation slave-fantasy wedding — it’s career and workplace discrimination, which is legally more serious.
Anybody who’s remotely familiar with the food industry knows about the ubiquitous racism underlying front-of-the-house and back-of-the-house assignments, pay rates, prestige, and career opportunities. It happens everywhere all the time; but maybe this is as good a place as any to start prosecuting it.
Also this: “A black woman who for years helped Deen create her recipes and taught her to cook was paid less than $10.00 per hour.” Yeah, she made millions stealing African American food culture from a woman whom she paid ten bucks an hour.
ITS JUST THE FACT THAT SHE MADE A MISTAKE ABOUT SAYING THE N WORD ONE TIME 40 YEARS AGO THOUGH. Smmfh (via malanga-coco)