Paula Deen Calls the Rev. Jesse Jackson

The civil rights leader says he has agreed to help the former Food Network star try to make amends for her past use of a racial slur.

The Rev. Jesse Jackson (Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images); Paula Deen (Slavin Vlasic/Getty Images Entertainment)

Civil rights leader the Rev. Jesse Jackson tells the Associated Press that he will help embattled celebrity chef Paula Deen overhaul her image after her past use of a racial slur was revealed. He tells the AP that she shouldn't become a "sacrificial lamb" over the issue of racial intolerance.

Further, he argues that if Deen is willing to acknowledge mistakes and make changes, "she should be reclaimed rather than destroyed."

Jackson also intimated that her critics should be concerned about more important issues, saying that he is more troubled by racial disparities in jobs, lending, health care, business opportunities and the criminal-justice system.

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