This morning, I got a chance to read a quick blurb about the NAACP latching on to the LGBT community argument that Phil Robertson’s comments were racist and intolerant.
The NAACP has condemned Phil Robertson for “racist” remarks the “Duck Dynasty” star made in a controversial interview with GQ magazine.
I personally read Robertson’s statements and these were his personal accounts. He was not speaking toward the entire black community, only the ones that he saw and the NAACP got mad because he told a story that was against their narrative.
“I never, with my eyes, saw the mistreatment of any black person,” Robertson told GQ writer Drew Margary. “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.”
The NAACP and HRC were offended by the remarks, and they sent a joint letter on Wednesday to A&E that is drawing wide attention for calling out both the racially insensitive and homophobic comments Robertson made in the article, calling them “racist, homophobic and ill-informed.” Here’s a portion of the letter:
“As you may know, Phil attacked both African Americans and LGBT people in a recent GQ interview (January 2014) – saying that African Americans were happier under Jim Crow laws, and equating being gay with bestiality and promiscuity,” the groups wrote, adding, “These remarks go beyond being outlandishly inaccurate and offensive. They are dangerous and revisionist, appealing to those in our society who wish to repeat patterns of discrimination … Mr. Robertson claims that, from what he saw, African Americans were happier under Jim Crow. What he didn’t see were lynching and beatings of black men and women for attempting to vote or simply walking down the street.”
Show where he said anything that was actually racist, or that he HATES gay people.
He explained his personal experience with black people, and made sure to say you are to love your neighbors no matter their sin. I think maybe people like you, aren’t as full of love as you think you are. But filled with hate and divisiveness.
To be tolerate does not mean to be accepting. And in this world we do not have to accept everything about another person, but we should tolerate our differences.