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There has been a lot of criticism, and rightfully so, about Phil Robertson's disgustingly homophobic remarks.  Just wanted to let people know, he's an all around bigot.  Yes, the man also has a serious case of racism.  Likes to push the stereotype of "happy darkies."

It’s also worth noting that because of GLAAD’s swift intervention, much of the media coverage has focused more on Robertson’s anti-gay remarks than his comments about African Americans and the Civil Rights movement, which weren’t worked into the narrative of the profile, but appeared as a pull quote in the online version of the piece.


“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,” Robertson said. “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.”

That’s a vision of the American South and American racial history that’s in keeping with Paula Deen’s alleged plantation nostalgia. It’s an attempt to substitute Robertson’s own memories of his interactions with African American laborers, whose behavior around him may well have been influenced by his relative privilege as a white man, even a poor one, for the larger history of organizing against and resistance to the economically and racially ruinous consequences of the Jim Crow system. It’s a kind of narrative that’s aimed at retroactively manufacturing black consent for policies aimed at maintaining white supremacy.

Think Progress: What The ‘Duck Dynasty’ Scandal Tells Us About Race, Homophobia, And The Media

Disgusting people hiding behind their claim of being Christian.  Contrast them with Pope Francis.  

Originally posted to TomP on Thu Dec 19, 2013 at 11:59 AM PST.

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