Jackson and his human rights organization, Rainbow PUSH Coalition, released a statement comparing “Duck Dynasty’s” disgraced patriarch, Phil Robertson, to Rosa Parks‘ infamous bus driver.
“At least the bus driver, who ordered Rosa Parks to surrender her seat to a white person, was following state law,” the press release reads. “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 “Duck Dynasty’s” network, A&E, as well as representatives from the Cracker Barrel restaurant chain.
A&E put Robertson on indefinite hiatus from his family reality show after GLAAD responded with outrage to comments made by Robertson in a recent issue of GQ magazine. 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.
Most of the controversy surrounding Robertson’s comments to GQ has focused on his anti-homosexuality stance. But the reality TV star and multi-millionaire duck call manufacturer was also quoted as saying:
“I never, with my eyes, saw the mistreatment of any black person. 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.”