The woman suing Paula Deen and her brother Bubba Hiers for racial discrimination has broken her silence.
“This lawsuit has never been about the N-word,” Lisa Jackson said in a statement reported by CNN. Deen admitted to having used the racial slur in the past in a deposition that was recently made public, prompting a firestorm of scrutiny and number of businesses to cut ties with her, including The Food Network, Walmart, Sears and Home Depot, among others.
“[The lawsuit] is to address Ms. Deen’s patterns of disrespect and degradation of people that she deems to be inferior,” Jackson continued. “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. Hiers’ 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 so important to be the voice for those who are too afraid to use theirs.”