Jesse Jackson Weighs In on Phil Robertson

No surprise here, Jesse Jackson has decided to add his two cents worth on Phil-Gate, the controversy surround comments that Phil Robertson made in a recent interview with GQ Magazine.  Unlike the Robertson interview, I haven’t been able to locate a complete transcript of what Jackson said, but based on numerous media reports, he said

“These statements uttered by Robertson are more offensive than the bus driver in Montgomery, Alabama, more than 59 years ago.  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.”

I think if I had been fighting for civil rights in the 50s and 60s, Jackson’s comments would be highly offensive.  The bus driver who ordered Rosa Parks to give up her seat was a major villain of the movement.  To say that what Robertson said was “more offensive” must make many African Americans blanch.  It almost seems that Jackson is defending the bus driver.

To review, here’s exactly what Phil said about racism in his interview,

“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.”

Now, I’ve been down this road repeatedly with commenters on this blog and elsewhere and I’m still trying to figure out what’s offensive about this statement.  Did he say that blacks weren’t the victims of discrimination?  No.  Did he say racism didn’t exist?  No  What he said was that he never saw it with his own eyes.

Again, not to be redundant, I grew up in an all white suburb of Saint Louis in the 50s and 60s.  I didn’t go to school with a black person until I went to college.  Did I know that there was discrimination?  Of course I did.  Did I see it for myself?  No, I did not.  And I have to admit, at the fear of Reverend Jackson’s wrath, that the few African Americans I did come in contact with seemed to be happy.  I know most of them were God-fearing people.

In fact, while I was in college, I worked in a department store as a manager trainee.  We had a black janitor who was one of the happiest human beings I’ve ever known.  Mostly because of his great disposition, the decision was made to make him a suit salesman.  Nobody who had ever worked in that men’s department had ever sold as many suits as this guy did.  I was his boss and he made twice as much as I did!  It’s no wonder he never saw himself as a victim.

Could it be, in that ancient age before we all became entitled to everything, that blacks (and all lower-income people) put their faith in God and didn’t go around feeling sorry for themselves?  Maybe they chose not to be unhappy, based on their faith in a merciful God.

Phil was out in the field picking cotton right along with the African Americans.  He calls himself “white trash”.  Could it be that he considered the blacks as his equals, maybe even superiors?  Seems reasonable to me.

Keep in mind that this short paragraph is the only reference to race in the entire GQ interview.  I seriously doubt that Jackson has read it.  God knows there are enough misquotes floating around, both on the Internet and on the mainstream media, to make him think he doesn’t have to read it.  Besides, it seems like no matter what stupid thing JJ says, he always gets a pass because the media are afraid of him.

I just can’t believe that he would call Phil Robertson worse that Rosa Parks’ bus driver with so little to back up his claim.  Phil and his sons may be bearded, long-haired, duck hunting, rednecks, but no one has produced the slightest thread of evidence that any of them are racists.  In fact, Willy and Korie have an adopted son, Willy Jr.(Phil’s grandson) who is black.  Doesn’t sound racist to me.

Maybe for once in his life, Double J should get the facts before he goes off on a rant.  It seems to me that he’s a lot more racist than Phil Robertson.

Follow up:  Today I had lunch at Cracker Barrel.  You may recall that CB pulled their Duck Dynasty merchandise off the shelves then apologized and put it back.  Today there wasn’t a sign of any DD merchandise in the store.  What happened?  They put it back on the shelves and their customers removed it, one item at a time.

2 Responses

  1. The "Reverened" Jesse Jackson has weighed in.

    So what, guys!

    What's going on in the Body of Christ where so many of the men are so exponentially carnal and weak?  

    And I want to let you all in on a little secret, because you tend to parrot this ignorant and sick notion all over the western hemisphere.  


    Speaking out against injustice (even perceived ones, such as this one) doesn't make you unjust.  It just makes you a typical lawless Christian preacher who happens to be an opportunist.  Not to mention that any one who uses the title of "Reverend" is out of line scripturally.  The ONLY Reverend is Christ, our Messiah. 

    I'm not for, or against, Jesse Jackson personally.  Coming out of nowhere, out of context, for some unknown reason – is more than silly, but not unusual.

    One day you'll be more about Christ and the Law of Yahweh, than your ethnic, national, and political carnal partisan pride.

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