Greetings all. By now, I am sure many of you reading this have heard ad nauseam about the charged comments of “Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson on how he personally never noticed any mistreatment of Black people growing up in Louisiana. There has been commentary on this from every angle. Segregation blindspots aside, it comes as no surprise that many would weigh in on this matter. What is a little off putting is the comments of civil rights leader Jesse Jackson on Phil Robertson’s remarks. He said in a recent statement that Robertson’s comments were “more offensive than Rosa Parks bus Driver” Um. Okay.
At the risk of speaking out of turn, is it really that serious? First of all, is there any surprise that Robertson feels this way. Second of all, I think this is a good example of feeding into outrage at the point of overload. Third, comparing the statements of a “celebrity” to the bus driver that kicked Rosa Parks off of the bus in Montgomery trivializes that watershed moment in American history. In an attempt to lambaste Robertson for his remarks, Jackson somewhat inflates their importance via a bad historical parallel. It is important to check bigots on their statements, but its also vital not to overdo it. There lies the danger of searching for a way to be outraged. It can get a person to make leaps in logic that have no grounding in the present situation. Robertson is not Bull Connor, nor is he Jimmie Davis, the segregationist Democratic governor of Louisiana during the “good old days” No need to inflate the comment to the point of the absurd.
What are your thoughts on this out there?