Jesse Jackson is the latest public figure to weigh in on the Duck Dynasty controversy. In a statement to ABC News, the civil rights activist compares the comments made by the show star Phil Robertson to GQ to those made by the Alabama bus driver who demanded that Rosa Parks give up her seat to a white passenger and had her arrested when she didn’t. In his statements, which got him on indefinite hiatus from the hit A&E reality series, Robertson equaled gay relationships to bestiality and praised the lack of racism in pre-Civil-rights South. “These statements uttered by Robertson are more offensive than the bus driver in Montgomery, Alabama, more than 59 years ago,” Jackson said. “At least the bus driver, who ordered Rosa Parks to surrender her seat to a white person, was following state law. 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.’”
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