Jesse Jackson Joins the Duck Dynasty Fray

Jesse Jackson Duck Dynasty

You knew it only was a matter of time before Jesse Jackson Sr. joined the “Duck Dynasty” fray and  call for some kind of meeting to right all those wrongs caused by Phil Robertson’s recent comments. Yes, Jackson has called for a meeting with himself, A&E and Cracker Barrel executives to discuss the matter and how these two companies have given Robertson a large platform to disseminate his racist and bigoted comments.

Jackson is known for playing the “race card” whenever it will benefit him, threatening boycotts against companies to persuade them to see things his way. One of the most talked about was in 2006 -2008 against Toyota when Jackson and his PUSH Coalition received $8 billion to increase minority participation in the company. This money was to be distributed among various entities subject to the Reverend’s approval and presumably groups he has a financial interest in. Certainly far from the dream his mentor Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. had when they marching for true civil rights.

At issue are the patriarch of the “Duck Dynasty” family, Phil Robertson, comments in a GQ article regarding how blacks were treated in the south when he was young. He stated he would work picking cotton with blacks and never saw them mistreated, in fact he said they were always “Happy, Happy, Happy” (sorry for the two extra happys). For anyone white growing up at that time in the south they probably agree with Robertson, and they are probably wrong. Blacks were taught to be seen and not heard and put on a “happy face.” No one can honestly deny mistreatment of blacks, especially in the south at that time in history. But for Jesse Jackson to join the “Duck Dynasty” fray and equate Robertson’s comments to those of the bus driver who told Rosa Parks to give up her seat for a white person are a little out there.

Robertson, in either his comments on blacks or his others on homosexuals committing sins not once said either of these groups should be persecuted or lynched, or anything else, he only stated his beliefs. But then the Jesse Jackson’s, Al Sharpton’s and Jeremiah Wright’s of the world never miss an opportunity to profit from any comment mentioning blacks and even the slightest hint of mistreatment, real or imagined.

The bigger issue here is not what Robertson said, he is free to say whatever he darn well pleases, but rather the hypocrisy of A&E and even to an extent Cracker Barrel. A&E said they were putting Robertson on hiatus, yet they have been running “Duck Dynasty” marathons since the controversy erupted, capitalizing on the publicity. If A&E were really so concerned with his remarks and how they as a company support diversity, they would have pulled the show completely off the air. Evidently they really only care about one color – green. And Cracker Barrel to a lesser extent can also be blamed for bowing to the almighty dollar, although in their case, they should give their customers and the American public more credit than they do. If their customers, just like television viewers are so offended by Robertson’s comments they can show this by not buying “Duck Dynasty” products and not watching the show. It really is that simple.

Jesse Jackson doesn’t need to join the “Duck Dynasty fray, this isn’t a race issue, nor is it a gay rights issue as no one’s rights, other than maybe Robertson’s freedom of religion rights, have been violated. Phil can quack about his beliefs and he is free to believe what he wants and to express those views. There was no chorus of duck calls asking people to relegate blacks to picking cotton so they can sing and be happy, there was no call for gays to stop what they are doing, none of that. But this is America today, anyone who can make a buck, no matter how shameless it may be, will try. Jesse Jackson, A&E, Cracker Barrel and even the “Duck Dynasty” folks are all doing it, but at least Phil isn’t a hypocrite like the others.

Commentary by Paul Roy


CNS News

Chicago Tribune

7 Responses to "Jesse Jackson Joins the Duck Dynasty Fray"

  1. John Michaels   December 27, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    I have never followed the tv show and didn’t know what it is about until now. It is interesting to listen to what Mr. Robertson stated that he grew up in white trash and worked in the fields along side happy African-Americans. His microcosm of the world might have been left out of what was happening in the cities, etc across the US during the civil rights era, but that is what he experienced. We had African-Americans in my hometown in Iowa and they were treated with respect and dignity, like everyone else in our community. What I am saying is that it was his world and experiences. Other people had different experiences and some not so good during that time of our country. How can you fault him for stating how he grew up and experienced? Secondly, does A&E have the right to fire him for stating what he did? Do we have access to his contract, and is there some kind of morals clause or something along that line that states what he can say and can’t say and to whom in the media? How does “Rev” Jackson get away with all this? Shouldn’t he have dropped the “Rev” after committing the sin of adultery? Catholic priests have to drop the “priest” when they are convicted of being a pedophile. It is interesting that there is free speech in this country, but it appears to come at a cost in 2013, yet.

    • Paul Roy   December 27, 2013 at 3:56 pm

      Free speech is fast disappearing from this country as well as many other freedoms we have enjoyed.

  2. dina   December 27, 2013 at 10:05 am

    How can this person sit and say all they care about is green in reference to a&e and cracker barrel when he and his other racist friend sharpton go around the world trying to sue every store they can find and use race for them to pay millions to them to keep them from causing problems publicly you call every white person you come across racists and the both of you are more racist than any other two people I know

  3. Barbara McMillen   December 26, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    Jesse. Why do you keep opening your mouth???? You do not know anything about Phil Roberson. All you want to do is to gain attention anyway you can. So you demand a meeting with A&E do ya??? I suggest you keep out of Phil’s personal life and beliefs. Do you think your opinion is the only opinion that matters???

  4. Robert   December 26, 2013 at 10:08 am

    Jackson should crawl back into the hole he came from, as far as I and millions of others are concerned he is PERSONA NON GRATA!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Larry Davis   December 26, 2013 at 9:26 am

    This is ironic and SO wrong. Mr. Jackson claims to be a ‘reverend’. That implies that he is a Christian. His comment about Rosa Parks bus driver was that he was ‘following state law’, yet, as a Christian, Phil Robertson is following God’s law which is greater than state law. Mr. Jackson doesn’t DEFEND Phil Robertson for following God’s law??? What’s wrong with this picture?

    • Paul Roy   December 26, 2013 at 2:11 pm



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.