Rev. Jesse Jackson weighed in on the raging Duck Dynasty controversy over star Phil Robertson’s opinion on homosexuality, claiming, “the statements uttered by Robertson are more offensive than the… driver” of civil rights icon Rosa Parks’ bus.
According to the Daily Mail, Jackson added: “At least the bus driver, who ordered Rosa Parks to surrender her seat to a white person, was following state law.” But Robertson said what he said “without cover of the law.” And Jackson said the statements Robertson made in answering a GQ reporter’s question were given “in a context of… ‘white privilege.'”
As Breitbart News reported on December 18, the central component of Robertson’s answer to the reporter was a recitation of 1 Corinthians 6:9-10. One would think a reverend would embrace the use of Scripture instead of condemning the man who recited it.
Instead, Jackson is demanding that Robertson’s “indefinite” suspension be upheld and he also wants a meeting “within 72 hours with A&E executives and Cracker Barrel’s CEO to discuss the future of Duck Dynasty memorabilia.”
I wonder if this will be a classic Jackson “shakedown” where memorabilia can continue to be sold as long as Jackson or his Rainbow PUSH Coalition get a little kickback.
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