Jesse Jackson Speaks – Compares Phil Robertson to Rosa Parks’ Bus Driver
Jesse Jackson Sr., a minister and Democratic politician, was accused of sexual harassment by a gay member of his Rainbow Push Coalition in 2012.
Jesse Jackson Sr. weighed in on the ‘Duck Dynasty’ controversy Tuesday. Jackson, who once said he wanted to cut Barack Obama’s penis off and who fathered a love child out of wedlock, condemned Phil Robertson comparing him to Rosa Parks’ bus driver.
The Chicago Tribune reported, via Free Republic:
Jesse Jackson Sr. has jumped into the controversy surrounding comments by Phil Robertson, star of A&E’s backwoods reality TV show, “Duck Dynasty.”
In an announcement sent out Tuesday, Jackson Sr. compared Robertson’s recent comments about African-Americans, gay people and women to comments made by the driver of Rosa Parks’ bus.
“At least the bus driver, who ordered Rosa Parks to surrender her seat to a white person, was following state law,” he said in the release. “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’s human rights group, the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, has demanded meetings with A&E and with Cracker Barrel regarding the two companies’ treatment of Robertson, who stars in the show as the head of a Louisiana family that makes duck calls.
Jackson’s group, along with LGBT group GLAAD and the National Organization for Women, urged A&E to keep Robertson on an indefinite hiatus from the show, which the network started following Robertson’s comments criticizing homosexuality in an interview with GQ magazine.
Jesse Jackson Sr. is the last person who should be speaking out against Robertson.