Jesse Jackson Says ‘Duck Dynasty’ Star Worse Than Rosa Parks Bus Driver
Is Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson worse than Rosa Parks’ bus driver? He is according to Jesse Jackson. The civil rights activist made the surprising accusation in response to Robertson’s now infamous GQ interview, in which he slammed homosexuality and declared that African-Americans were treated well in the pre-civil rights era. In response, Jackson declared that Robertson was “more offensive” than the driver who told Parks to give up her seat for a white passenger.
“These statements uttered by Robertson are more offensive than the bus driver in Montgomery, Alabama, more than 59 years ago,” said Jackson in a statement to ABC News. “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.”
In the interview, Robertson said he had picked cotton alongside black people in Louisiana during the Jim Crow days and that they were treated well. “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!” he said. “Pre-entitlement, pre-welfare, you say: Were they happy? They were godly; they were happy; no one was singing the blues.”
The NAACP and the Human Rights Campaign also wrote a joint letter to the President of A&E prior to the suspension, expressing concern and outrage over Robertson’s racist and homophobic comments. “What he didn’t see were lynching and beatings of black men and women for attempting to vote or simply walking down the street,” read the letter. “And his offensive claims about gay people fly in the face of science. In fact, it’s important to note that every single leading medical organization in the country has said that there is absolutely nothing wrong with being LGBT — it’s not a choice, and to suggest otherwise is dangerous.”