'Duck Dynasty' Star Phil Robertson Claims Black People Were 'Happy' Under Racist Jim Crow Laws
"Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson's graphic comments about homosexuals caused A&E to suspend him from the popular reality TV series "indefinitely."
The suspension has created a backlash among conservatives and Christians who have come to Robertson's defense.
There is a Facebook page with a petition demanding that Robertson be allowed back on the show, another Facebook page entitled "Boycott A&E Until Phil Robertson Is Put Back On Duck Dynasty" that has over 500K "likes" and a petition by the anti-gay National Organization for Marriage that wants people to "stand with Phil Robertson."
All of the controversy stems from a recent interview that Robertson did with GQ magazine, in which he made several anti-gay remarks based on his Biblical point of view.
While conservatives rally around Robertson and his anti-gay statements, they have not mentioned his claims (in the same interview) that black people were "singing and happy" when they were living under racist Jim Crow laws (pre-civil rights laws).
Robertson told GQ:
“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.”
Robertson made these statements about black people in Louisiana, who were likely afraid to speak up during pre-civil rights days for fear of retribution.
According to the Jackson Sun: "Jim Crow laws segregated railways and streetcars, public waiting rooms, restaurants, boarding houses, theaters, public parks, libraries and cemeteries. Separate schools, hospitals and other public institutions, generally of inferior quality, were designated for blacks. The laws also required blacks to use separate phone booths and bathrooms, and in some cases, deprived blacks of the right to vote."