Reverend Jesse Jackson had harsh words for "Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson on Wednesday, calling Robertson's remarks in a recent GQ interview "more offensive" than the bus driver who told Rosa Parks she had to move to the back.
“I never, with my eyes, saw the mistreatment of any black person," Robertson told GQ. "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.”
“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 obtained by 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.’”
Jackson's statement comes a week after GOP congressional candidate Ian Bayne called Robertson "the Rosa Parks of our generation."
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Willie now. Previous slide: Willie is all business in the front and party in the back as a student at was then Northeast Louisiana University (it's now University of Louisiana at Monroe).
Jep now. Previous slide: Who knew Jep was such a studly high school senior?
Jase now. Previous slide: In this family photo from a few years ago, Jase only has the beginning of the beard he sports today.
Phil now. Previous slide: Who would have guessed that this young boy would grow up to become Phil Robertson: Duck Commander?
Uncle Si now. Previous slide: It's Uncle Si without the beard! Didn't he look dapper when he was in the military?
Recognize those fresh faces? Clockwise from left: Willie, Jep, and Jase.
From left to right: Jase, Uncle Si, Jep and Willie.
Before the Beards
The beardless Robertson boys. From left to right: Willie, Jase, Alan (who is joining the show in Season 4), and Jep.