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Bring Back Paula Deen: Read the Deposition Transcript

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The 149-page transcript indeed shows Deen admitted to using the N-word, "probably when a black man burst into the bank that I was working at and put a gun to my head." Does that make it right? Absolutely not. But she also goes on to say it was in a private conversation.

It's also clear that Deen is being held accountable for her brother Bubba. Over the weekend, I saw a sign in some shop that said, "Every family has a Bubba." I thought immediately of Deen -- and President Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton and my family. Almost everyone has a "drunk uncle" -- someone who embarrasses you to no end. Sometimes they're criminals. Sometimes they're just idiots. Sometimes they're the product of their time.

My grandfather used to say some pretty inappropriate things and told the raunchiest jokes. He also learned Spanish to communicate with customers, invited drag queens into his store with welcome arms in the '50s (dyeing their shoes hot pink and lime green), and hired every race of people at his shoe store in Brooklyn as he watched the neighborhood change from the 1940s through the 1990s. I would cringe as I heard the banter between him and his employees. Then he would hug them at the end of the day and insist on running across the street to buy them a cheesecake at Junior's on Friday. His words were just words. They weren't meant to offend, and the people who knew him in that same neighborhood for 50 years knew that.

Read the full deposition on the next page.

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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times. She has been featured on Cooking Channel's Eat Street and Food Network's Great Food Truck Race. She won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature about what it's like to wait tables.
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