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Jesse Jackson

Phil Robertson Is Worse

Than Rosa Parks' Bus Driver

12/26/2013 9:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1225-jesse-jackson-phil-robertsonPhil Robertson's homophobic comments to GQ were MORE OFFENSIVE than the words uttered by bus driver who tried to force Rosa Parks to sit on the back of his bus in 1955 ... so says civil rights leader Jesse Jackson.

Jackson came out firing against the "Duck Dynasty" star this week ... explaining, "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.'"

Jackson is demanding a meeting with A&E and Cracker Barrel execs ... and even issued a Friday deadline ... urging the network to uphold Robertson’s suspension from the reality show.

Unclear if the network plans to honor Jackson's demand.

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31.

Sammie    

Jessie Jackson has never held a real job - he has never worked for a living. He has NEVER been paid by anyone but tax payers or by some non-profit (which means govt $$). This guy has made a career out of it and he's done quite well - girls, cars and parties. I'm outta here TMZ now that you've started this crap. Good luck and good riddance.

198 days ago
32.

Looloo    

Jesse Jackson needs to just shut up... He's truly an instigator, sticking his nose in things he knows nothing about.. How I would love to be. A Fly on the wall at his OWN house and just listen how , what and who he talks smack about!!! He us is w/Io SIN jesee, let HIM cast that 1st stone!! We know know damn we'll he talks bad about whites And homosexuals behind closed doors.. He is HUMAN isn't he and not perfect??? Go climb under a rock.. Look at his own son!!!

198 days ago
33.

Ih8Taxes    

And what about the 4 black guys that killed the white guy in the mall parking garage in NJ? This guy is pathetic.

198 days ago
34.

Unbroken Chain    

As a white male, I am probably one of the few who actually supports Jesse and thinks he is important to our country (or used to be). You need a guy like that just to check people once in a while. However, this is weird. I applaud him for taking a stand, but it's a little out of his depth maybe?

198 days ago
35.

kacey    

Jesse Jackson does nothing for humanity. He is such a waste

198 days ago
36.

Sid    

Tmz is wrong again. Jesse is upset about the racial comments Phil made. Nothing to do with the biblical teachings on homosexuality that both he and phil believe. C'mon tmz, due your homework.

198 days ago
37.

Now u know.    

Jesse your opinion don't mean anything u cheat your son in jail

198 days ago
38.

netstarman    

Remeber when Jesse used to say Jews were name "Hymie", guess he totally forgot that.

198 days ago
39.

Pablo Escabar    

Jessie Jackson refered to NYC as Himey Town. What does that make him??

198 days ago
40.

tessa    

he denigrates his cause with the unending hate speech

198 days ago
41.

cory j    

I don't care who's mad.. But jesse Jackson. .. As black people you break our code on a regular basis. .. SHUT YO MOUTH AND MIND YOUR BUSINESS

198 days ago
42.

LordGobblecock    

People who use the bible to back up hatred or bigotry are the biggest cowards walking the earth. Just look at how many wars have occured and how many millions have died in the name of religion. This is what you supporters of Phil robertson are championing..religious bigotry in the guise of free speech!

198 days ago
43.

zelly    

why isn't anyone talking about what Phil said about child brides; "Look, you wait till they get to be about 20 years old, they only picking that’s going to take place is your pocket. You gotta marry these girls when they’re 15 or 16,"?
I'd say Phil insulted everyone but white men but I live in the south. I see some self proclaimed "southern" "christian" "redneck" men are a little insulted he's just stereotyped them as bigots. To do so, he used an image that's not even his real image.

198 days ago
44.

Faunmax    

Jessie Jackson is an old wind bag seeking more publicity for himself so people don't dwell on the fact his son is in prison.

198 days ago
45.

SUNIA3    

and there's Jessie once again fanning flames of hate in the pursuit of attention. He needs to concentrate on his own family.

198 days ago
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