Embattled 'Duck Dynasty' Star Phil Robertson Says Black People Were "Happy" With Segregation
It looks like A&E and its centerpiece Duck Dynasty are not out of the woods just yet. More comments from the GQ interview with Phil Robertson, patriarch of the family showcased on the hit reality TV show, are sparking outrage. Instead of disparaging comments about the LGBT community, however, these comments center on the African American struggle for Civil Rights. According to Phil, African Americans were blissfully happy with segregation.
“I never, with my eyes, saw the mistreatment of any black person," he 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.”
The Human Rights Campaign joined the NAACP in another letter issued to the A&E network.
We want to be clear why Phil Robertson’s remarks are not just dangerous but also inaccurate. Mr. Robertson claims that, from what he saw, African Americans were happier under Jim Crow. What he didn’t see were lynching and beatings of black men and women for attempting to vote or simply walking down the street. And his offensive claims about gay people fly in the face of science. In fact, it’s important to note that every single leading medical organization in the country has said that there is absolutely nothing wrong with being [lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender] -- it’s not a choice, and to suggest otherwise is dangerous.