The Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson has been tackling controversial topics head on lately and now he’s set his sights on the political quagmires of gun control, civil rights, and racism.
In a related report by The Inquisitr, when Phil was asked about the infamous Duck Dynasty GQ interview and whether his comments about homosexuality made him homophobic he responded, “”I’m as much of a homophobe as Jesus was. People who are participating in homosexual behavior, they need to know that I love them.” Phil also had strong words for the ISIS in Iraq, saying that if the Islamic State fighters couldn’t be “converted’ then they needed to die.
When Phil’s comments about pre-civil rights Louisiana were first published, the NAACP criticized the Ducky Dynasty star by claiming Phil said “African Americans were happier under Jim Crow.” But Phil insists that his comments were taken out of context by GQ, which published the comments in a sidebar without a background explanation.
“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…. 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.”
Phil also believes he was not being racist by describing his memories of growing up in Louisiana.
“I was just giving my experience,” Robertson insisted. “The point I was making was that even when our black brothers didn’t have their civil rights, those people had that one thing the government couldn’t take from them: their faith. They would sing spiritual songs as they were going across those cotton fields. Old Jesse [Jackson] got mad at me and said something about how I was a Jim Crow and a racist. We don’t look at people like black, white and brown. We’re all members of the human race.”
Ever since the shooting of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman the civil rights movement has increasingly made stronger gun control laws and repealing the Stand Your Ground gun rights laws one of their major focuses. Perhaps it should not be surprising since Duck Commander makes duck hunting gear, but Phil Robertson’s gun control views focus on the people, not the weapon.
“It’s never been a weapons problem,” Phil said. “It’s a human heart condition of anger and hatred. If people loved God and loved each other, the last thing you would ever contemplate is to murder your neighbor.”
What do you think about Phil Robertson’s views on gun control, civil rights, and racism?