Jesse Jackson weighed in on the Duck Dynasty controversy in a statement to ABC, arguing that Phil Robertson’s comments were more offensive than those made by the bus driver that had Rosa Parks arrested.
“At least the bus driver, who ordered Rosa Parks to surrender her seat to a white person, was following state law,” Jackson said. “Robertson’s statements were … within a context of what he seemed to believe was ‘white privilege.’”
The release, which was published on Monday, requested a meeting with A&E and Cracker Barrel within 72 hours to discuss the future of all “Duck Dynasty” memorabilia and other content.
The release also suggests that A&E uphold Robertson’s suspension.
According to the release, Jackson believes its wrong for someone with such a large platform to benefit from the offensive comments
On Sunday, Robertson defended his comments to a Bible study, noting that he pulled them directly from the Bible.
“I will not give or back off from my path,” Robertson said.
Robertson added that he had not thought much of the comments when he said them, but that a lot of other people seemed to do so.