The left’s shrill witch hunt to snuff out a culturally conservative television phenomenon marched on Thursday when the NAACP blasted “Duck Dynasty” patriarch Phil Robertson as “racist.” During an interview with “GQ” magazine, the 67 year-old Robertson described himself as “white trash” and said that his memory does not comport with a Jim Crow South that is seen by most as a living hell for blacks. Apparently, what you remember now qualifies you as a racist:
“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.”
1. If a senior citizen having a gauzy, rose-colored memory of his childhood, even in the South, is now considered racism, the PC jails are about to get pretty full. (To his credit, CNN’s Chris Cuomo made this same point on “New Day” Friday morning).
2. If the left is looking for elderly white guys with truly offensive views (as opposed to memories) of blacks, I would be happy to dig up some quotes from just five-years-ago that were made by sitting Democrat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and sitting Democrat Vice President Joe Biden.
3. Phil Robertson’s son, Willie, adopted a biracial son.