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Jackson says Paula Deen can be 'redeemed'

CHICAGO (AP) — Civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson says Paula Deen has asked for his help to make amends for her use of a racial slur.

Jackson told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the celebrity chef called him this week. He says they discussed how Deen might recover from her admission that she used a slur considered demeaning to black people. The admission cost her job with the Food Network and a lucrative endorsement deal with Smithfield Foods.

Deen told the "Today" show's Matt Lauer that Jackson has given her "wonderful support."

Jackson says Deen must settle disputes with employees at her company who feel discriminated against and create a new workplace culture.

He says Deen has become a symbol of racial intolerance, but shouldn't be a "sacrificial lamb."

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