Jesse Jackson, Sr. Takes Aim At "Duck Dynasty"

Wednesday, Dec 25, 2013  |  Updated 11:15 AM EDT
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The Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr. and Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson.

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The Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr.'s Rainbow PUSH Coalition has entered the fray surrounding comments made by "Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson.

Robertson has been under fire for anti-gay remarks he made in an interview with GQ, in which he grouped homosexuality in with bestiality as deviant behavior.

Related: Phil Robertson Breaks Silence on Anti-Gay Remarks; Duck Dynasty Star "Will Not Give or Back Off"

In a Tuesday news release, Jackson highlights Robertson's comments about homosexuality, but also zeroes in on his statements black people being happy under Jim Crow laws.

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"At least the bus driver, who ordered Rosa Parks to surrender her seat to a white person, was following state law," Jackson said in the news release. "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, along with GLAAD and NOW are demanding a meeting within 72 hours with the CEOs of Cracker Barrel and the A&E Networks.

RELATED: Sheen Twitter Rants About "Duck Dynasty" Star

Cracker Barrel pulled its Duck Dynasty products off its shelves, only to change course following customer complaints. A&E has placed Robertson on indefinite hiatus.

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