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June 27, 2013

Reverend Jesse L. Jackson and Rainbow PUSH Coalition statement on Paula Deen

Paula Deen represents a southern culture crisis but should not be used as a “gotcha” solution… to the deep problems of race disparities, jobs, access to capital and contracts, healthcare, voting and the criminal justice system. She may be a symbol of intolerance, but she is not a sacrificial lamb. Our problems are cultural and institutional. 

The civil rights movement had to forgive. George Wallace blocked school doors and upon his repentance he put more African Americans in positions in Alabama than any other southern governor in that era. Actions matter more than words. .

She should be reclaimed rather than destroyed. That’s the measure and vision of Mandela and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. …of reconstruction over retribution.

If she understands and accepts the responsibility to create a fair work environment, and make amends to those who were affected, she can and should move forward”. 


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The Rainbow PUSH Coalition is a progressive organization protecting, defending and expanding civil rights to improve economic and educational opportunity.  The organization is headquartered at 930 E. 50th St. in Chicago. For more information about the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, please visit or call (773) 373-3366