Jesse Jackson Senior thinks Duck Dynasty suffers from white privilege
Where there is a media opportunity can the Reverend Jesse (Hymietown) Jackson Senior be far behind? Adding his own distinct take to the Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson's now (in)famous remarks, Jackson has demanded --not asked, but demanded--meetings with all involved. After all, according to Jackson, Robertson's comments also bespeak of, wouldn't you know, "white privilege."
In an announcement sent out Tuesday, Jackson Sr. compared Robertson's recent comments about African-Americans, gay people and women to comments made by the driver of Rosa Parks' bus.
"At least the bus driver, who ordered Rosa Parks to surrender her seat to a white person, was following state law," he said in the release. "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.'"
So is the always uttering freely and openly with the cover of law Jackson inadvertently excusing the bus driver and denigrating Parks' courageous actions while simultaneously depriving Robertson of his right to express his opinions which Jackson brushes off as white privilege?
But as Jackson persists, his real reason for speaking out emerges. Shakedown.
Jackson Sr. and the leaders of the other groups are demanding a sit-down meeting with Cracker Barrel and A&E in the next couple of days.
"It is unacceptable that a personality who has been given such a large platform would benefit from racist and anti-gay comments," the group leaders state in the release.
Jackson's demands for the meetings with Cracker Barrel and A&E follow the pattern--pay up or we'll picket you, boycott you, defame you. Cracker Barrel responded by restoring Duck Dynasty items to its stores; A&E had a Christmas Day Duck Dynasty marathon. Acceptable.
Interestingly Jackson was unaccountably quiet when white actor and credit card shiller Alexander Baldwin tweeted and uttered a series of homophobic slurs. Oh right, Baldwin is a professed liberal. He is still acting and shilling, unbothered by Jackson. Too bad.