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Paula Deen

Challenge: Hit Me With A Rock

And Kill Me

6/26/2013 5:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Paula Deen defiantly, and tearfully, says she doesn't need to change when it comes to using offensive words, but young Black people do -- oh, and Jesse Jackson's got her back.

Deen burst into tears on 'Today' while telling Matt Lauer, "If there's anyone out there that has never said something that they wish they could take back ... please pick up that stone and throw it so hard at my head that it kills me."

She added, "I is what I is and I'm not changing."

When asked if she had any doubt the n-word was offensive to Black people, she claimed she didn't know because ... "it's very distressing for me to go into my kitchens and I hear what these young people are calling each other. It's very, very distressing."

Deen also managed to do a little name dropping ... claiming she's gotten support from Rev. Jesse Jackson.

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