Jesse Jackson has weighed in the “Duck Dynasty” drama, comparing comments made by the show star Phil Robertson to GQ to those made by the Alabama bus driver who demanded that Rosa Parks give up her seat to a white passenger and had her arrested when she didn’t.

In Robertson’s statements, which got him on indefinite hiatus from the hit A&E reality series, Robertson equaled gay relationships to bestiality and claimed blacks in the South were happy before gains made during the civil rights movement.

“I never, with my eyes, saw the mistreatment of any black person. Not once,” Robertson told GQ. “Where we lived was all farmers. The blacks worked for the farmers. I hoed cotton with them. I’m with the blacks, because we’re white trash. We’re going across the field. …They’re singing and happy. I never heard one of them, one black person, say, ‘I tell you what: These doggone white people’ — not a word! …Pre-entitlement, pre-welfare, you say: Were they happy? They were godly; they were happy; no one was singing the blues.”

“These statements uttered by Robertson are more offensive than the bus driver in Montgomery, Alabama, more than 59 years ago,” Jackson said in a statement released by his Rainbow PUSH Coalition. “At least the bus driver, who ordered Rosa Parks to surrender her seat to a white person, was following state law. Robertson’s statements were uttered freely and openly without cover of the law, within a context of what he seemed to believe was ‘white privilege.’”

Jackson and his organization demand a sit-down meeting with A&E, as well as representatives from the Cracker Barrel restaurant chain.

Cracker Barrel initially pulled products featuring Robertson’s image from their shelves, but later recanted their stance after restaurant goers reacted with very vocal displeasure about the decision.

16 thoughts on “Jesse Jackson Calls Phil Robertson ‘More Offensive’ Than Rosa Parks Bus Driver

  1. Where is Rev Al Sharpton? I’m really surprised at the extent of this and yet no protests. The sit down doesn’t help .Amazingly Paula Dean admitted something she said many years ago OUT OF IGNORANCE. and look what it cost her , and here this guy has the freedom to say anti-african, anti-gay remarks and he goes free. A&E and Chix-fil-a PEOPLE both gay and black wake up. these companies have given money to these people to ok hatred.

    • the Timekeeper on said:

      You are absolutley correct Tyrone! The Right Wing ( as some of these people must be) have always been good at making people focus on the worng stuff!

  2. jazzydancer on said:

    Now really, what do you expect to come out of the mouth of guys that come from and look like the Duck men. I hope not a progressive mindset.

  3. the Timekeeper on said:

    Yes, Jesse is irrelevant, and his comment on Obama Lo, thhat many years ago arent easily forgotten. However, This Duck Dynasty star’s comments were terribly offensive regardless of Jackson. Problem, he will never apologize regardless of who asks for an apology. It could be someone who IS relevant, or someone who has never offfended anyone.
    This TV show has been emboldened by all of the racially charged politicians qho e3agerly use this kind of shananigans yo embolden their constituents. With their party and base shrinking (due to SH!%!) just like this they have no choice but to defend Hatred and Bigotry in order to jiuce up the few who still go along with this mess. Dont get it twisted. Perhaps Jess is not the right guy, but even so when people stand up and defedn Duck Dynasty and pretend they didnt do anything wrong, that alone is the issue. This man will never apologize becuase the racist Tea Party and the GOP have enabled this Nut and told him it is okay to be like that. This all comes from the Hatred of a Black man in the white house and has trickled down into our everyday Television and society. Unfortunately there is more to come as this is the only Card left for many of them to play.
    Thak GOD, for he is the one who holds the Aces.

  4. UNITED BLACK FRONT by Rev. Al Sharpton; NAACP; the Nation of Islam, Black Preachers throughout America, accompanied with an ECONOIC BOYCOTT should be the reaction of African-Americans in support of JESSE JACKSON.

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