Jesse Jackson showed up out of the blue this week to add his two cents on the Duck Dynasty controversy. It is over now, for the most part, as A&E unsuspended Phil Robertson and Duck Dynasty will continue on the air with a new season. Reverend Jackson, his Rainbow PUSH Coalition and GLAAD were demanding to meet with network execs, along with Cracker Barrel's CEO, to discuss the future of all "Duck Dynasty" memorabilia or content. Cracker Barrel had pulled Duck Dynasty merchandise, but then put it back rather quickly as their customer complaints and Duck Dynasty supporters were overwhelming. Jackson said "These statements uttered by Robertson are more offensive than the bus driver in Montgomery, Alabama, more than 59 years ago.....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.'" Ummmm, actually, Robertson's comments were and are protected by a little thing we like to call the US Constitution and, in particular, the First Amendment, which protects both speech AND religion. Now this is just my theory, but I suspect the reason GLAAD would join forces with Jackson and his Rainbow PUSH Coalition is so GLAAD could learn the ways Jackson used to extort businesses for many many years. Jackson would go to a business where a "racial" issue had occurred, and would come away from each meeting, saying that the company was truly repentant and should be forgiven. Of course, the business always seemed to conveniently "donate" a large sum of money to Jackson's Rainbow Coalition. Jackson had to fund his organization somehow. So fanning the flames of racism always kept money flowing into his organization. A tactic which people like Al Sharpton still try to use as they continue to fan the flames of racism. Where we see flames, they see money. GLAAD, who had immediately attempted to use this situation as an opportunity to raise funds by sending out fund raising letters, probably hoped to pocket a little bit of extortion money from A&E, Cracker Barrel, or any other Duck Dynasty sponsor that they could. The good news is that the issues was resolved and A&E, Cracker Barrel or any of the sponsors met with Jackson or GLAAD. For that, I am glad.
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