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Jesse Jackson takes on 'Duck Dynasty' patriarch Phil Robertson

By April Neale Dec 27, 2013, 2:58 GMT

Jesse Jackson takes on 'Duck Dynasty' patriarch Phil Robertson

Jesse Jackson - Koi Sojer / PR Photos

Jesse Jackson calls 'Duck Dynasty' patriarch Phil Robertson more offensive' than the 1950s civil rights icon Rosa Parks' bus driver.

CNN reports that Rev. Jesse Jackson's demand for a meeting with A&E executives about "Duck Dynasty&" patriarch Phil Robertson, who is "more offensive" than the bus driver who ordered Rosa Parks to move to the back of his bus to the political figure.

On Monday, Jackson demanded a meeting within 72 hours over the remarks made in a GQ interview that African-Americans were perfectly happy before Civil Rights. Rosa Parks helped launch the movement when she refused to give up her seat to a white passenger on Dec. 1, 1955.


“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. “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 also wants GLAAD and executives from Cracker Barrel to attend the meeting. The restaurant chain initially decided to pull “Duck Dynasty” merchandise, but reversed itself after “Duck Dynasty” fans rose to Robertson’s defense.

A&E has already suspended Robertson for the comments about race and how anyone could prefer a “man’s anus” to a woman's vagina.

The Duck Dynasty is a self made entrepreneur, who described his childhood in the backwoods of Louisiana.

“I never, with my eyes, saw the mistreatment of any black person,” he said. “Not once. 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.”


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