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Jesse Jackson Hits Duck Dynasty Patriarch; Blasts ‘White Privilege’

Jesse Jackson is demanding a meeting with the A&E Network and Cracker Barrel over the Duck Dynasty  controversy.

Jesse Jackson is demanding a meeting with the A&E Network and Cracker Barrel over the Duck Dynasty controversy.

Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. jumped into the fray over “Duck Dynasty” Patriarch Phil Robertson in an effort to reverse what appears to be major backsliding by the A&E Network and retailers like Cracker Barrel.

A&E suspended Robertson from the show “indefinitely” for racist and homophobic remarks in a magazine interview.

But in the face of a backlash and his family’s threat to quit the popular show, some reports claim that Robertson will return when the new season begins. Meanwhile, Robertson has refused to disavow his comments.

Cracker Barrel, which has stores throughout the south, initially pulled “Duck Dynasty” merchandise bearing Robertson’s likeness, but has since returned it to store shelves.

Jackson cited Rosa Parks, who helped inspire the civil rights movement by refusing a bus driver’s order to give up her seat to a white man. “At least the bus driver, who ordered Rosa Parks to surrender her seat to a white person, was following state law,” Jackson said in a statement.

Robertson’s statements, on the other hand, could be construed to violate anti-discrimination laws and laws against hate speech, Jackson suggested, adding that Robertson seemed to believe in “white privilege.”

The civil rights leader, who heads the group Rainbow PUSH Coalition, has called for a meeting with the A&E Network and Cracker Barrel executives.

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