Let's redeem #PaulaDeen, she should not be destroyed.—
Rev Jesse Jackson Sr (@RevJJackson) June 28, 2013
Paula Deen represents a southern culture crisis but should not be used as a “gotcha” solution…—
Rev Jesse Jackson Sr (@RevJJackson) June 27, 2013
Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. spoke out in defense of food mogul Paula Deen on Thursday, saying she should be redeemed not destroyed. Though the tweets came from an unverified Twitter account, they are similar to comments Rev. Jackson has made elsewhere:
Jackson told The Associated Press on Wednesday that Deen called him this week, and they discussed how she might recover.
Jackson says if Deen is willing to acknowledge mistakes and make changes, “she should be reclaimed rather than destroyed.”
Jackson says he’s more troubled by racial disparities in jobs, lending, health care, business opportunities and the criminal justice system.
The small gesture of reasonableness and civility toward Deen was enough to send many Twitter users over the edge (warning: explicit language):
The wrong man did die on that balcony tho. Fuck Jesse Jackson.—
light skinned guy (@yep_its_neek) June 28, 2013
If I ever get into some shit and Jesse Jackson comes to my defense, tell him I'd rather have Satan help me.—
Embassy (@Embassy730) June 28, 2013
This Negro Jesse Jackson said; ought be redeemed lmfao—
Tycoon Gulley (@datdatboi) June 28, 2013
Jesse Jackson can kiss my black ass. Paula Deen said she wasn't going to change. I don't owe that bitch shit—
(@NinjaNik) June 28, 2013
Jesse Jackson been getting on folks nerves since Martin died. Go away.—
Yellowcake (@KytheRHOgue) June 28, 2013
Jesse Jackson is a scumbag.—
Super Ceej (@Hey_CeeJay) June 28, 2013
It’s not every day, however, that we see this kind of vitriol directed at a liberal. Evidently, liberals’ hatred of Paula Deen trumps any warm feelings some may have toward Rev. Jackson.