Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson landed himself in hot water by comparing homos*xuality to bestiali†y in a recent GQ interview. But what hasn’t garnered nearly as much attention are the comments Robertson made about racism in America.
When asked about racism during the pre-Civil Rights era in the South, the 67-year-old patriarch of Duck Dynasty said the African-Americans he encountered were both happy and humble.
“I never, with my eyes, saw the mistreatment of any black person. 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.”
Apparently the Duck Dynasty star believes everything went awry in the black community after African-Americans gained the same access to the welfare system that whites had had for years.
Robertson was suspended from A&E after making several anti-gay comments. He has since issued a statement attempting to clarify his position.
“My mission today is to go forth and tell people about why I follow Christ and also what the bible teaches, and part of that teaching is that women and men are meant to be together,” he said, adding that he would “never treat anyone with disrespect just because they are different from me.”