By Ian Swanson
Jesse Jackson has entered the “Duck Dynasty” controversy, comparing Phil Robertson of the reality television show to Rosa Parks’s bus driver.
It wasn’t a favorable comparison.
“At least the bus driver, who ordered Rosa Parks to surrender her seat to a white person, was following state law,” he said in a release, first reported by the Chicago Tribune.
“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,’ ” the longtime civil rights leader said.
Jackson’s Rainbow PUSH Coalition has demanded a meeting with A&E, the network that airs “Duck Dynasty,” and Cracker Barrel, which initially removed items related to the show from its shelves before returning them.
A&E suspended “Duck Dynasty” in response to remarks about homosexuality by Robertson before deciding to air a marathon of the show.
Jackson wants Robertson to be put on indefinite hiatus.