Phil Robertson: Black People Were ‘Happy’ Before Civil Rights

Thu, December 19, 2013 11:28am EDT by 169 Comments

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Nick

Posted at 5:21 PM on April 6, 2014  

Phil u right about those gay they won’t be in heaven!!!!they’ll live with their father satan…

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Jeff-Bobb

Posted at 11:11 PM on March 27, 2014  

Liberals gotta hate!

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Devon Kamphouse

Posted at 5:36 PM on March 12, 2014  

It seems that you can’t express your religion anymore. He stated what it says in the bible. Is that bad? I don’t think it is. He also said he loves everyone equally. The racism part I don’t see how its bad. He is saying what experienced then and he saw them happy. C’mon people it is not racist and freedom of speech.

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L white

Posted at 11:25 PM on February 16, 2014  

Robertson won’t make it to heaven either.

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stephanie

Posted at 7:21 AM on January 8, 2014  

Its amazing how Phil Robertson would say anything about a black person negatively when he has a grandson that is black. But more than likely one of the Duck KLAN may have fathered the child when the mom was the MAID aka hired help. It’s TRUE money can buy anything

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Frank

Posted at 8:27 PM on December 30, 2013  

A lot of Christians believe Jews wont go to heaven either! Does that make them anti-Semitic? It’s all in how you treat people. Who cares what people believe. Nobody really cared about Pastor Wright.

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Joshua W.

Posted at 1:12 PM on December 29, 2013  

He simply said that the black people he worked along side by side with were happy and G-dly people. he NEVER said there was no use for the civil rights movement. He NEVER said there was no sense in equality. All you people who want to read into this WAY to much need to get over yourselves. Think about it for a minute. Phil is a simple man of G-d. So maybe, just MAYBE you should take what he says, the way he says it. Stop trying to delve to far into it and translate it into something its not. And in regards to his anti-gay comments. He also said that every human deserves respect and love. Just because he opposes homosexuality does NOT mean he hates gay people. He respects their right to choose their lifestyle, but does not agree with it. If anything he should be commended for speaking his mind. Instead of afraid of what others might think. He thinks its a sin…. SO WHAT!…. Just as a lot of people think its OK to express themselves through outrageous behavior, it is OK for Phil to express his wholesome religious beliefs. what good for the goose is good for the gander. Tolerance goes both ways.

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Gabby

Posted at 7:13 PM on December 28, 2013  

I think that Phil is a elderly gentlemen who has witnessed and been a part of more then most of us can ever imagine and like other older Americans are stuck in their ways. I believe he may have went a little to far with his gay comments, only because he is not the judge. Phil was being real in standing up for what he believes in. The bible does speak against homosexuality. And as far as the supposed racial comment TOTAL BS, people r reading way more into Phil’s words than the opinion Phil was trying to make which in my eyes was basically ( He understands the discrimination blacks endure by comparing it with the discrimination he endured as ( red neck white trash ) nothing more nothing less. People are way to quick to take innocent words and make them way more than they were intended to be when spoken from the actual persons mouth. Oh and show me 1 person who hasn’t racially profiled someone black or white in their life or even in their hearts and I will show u a space ship full of aliens lol…..

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Judy crowley

Posted at 12:14 PM on December 27, 2013  

When it comes to being offended from what the Bible says, think about how Jesus feels about the way so many are denying His words. All of us will meet him in judgment some day, and obeying what the Bible teaches is the ONLY way to keep us from going to the devil. Remember what happened to Sodom and Gomorrah. Sad at the way our country has turned away from God. JAC

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JackieD

Posted at 10:16 PM on December 24, 2013  

The man is a total jerk ! If he didn’t see discrimination in his life time…he, turned his head.. he can hide behind the Bible all he wants….but, he’s not a Christian ! Christians don’t spread hate and indifference …maybe he should actually “read” the article , I mean Bible :)

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Azalynn

Posted at 3:15 PM on January 19, 2014  

he never spread hate he voiced his opinion just like you are voicing yours you both have the same right to do so.

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Demetrius LeBlanc

Posted at 9:55 AM on March 11, 2014  

Man wake up. Being gay is not normal. Its not what nature intended. Im sick of homosexuals trying to say and act like its normal its not!

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All in!!

Posted at 6:01 PM on December 23, 2013  

As a black person, I don’t find his remarks racist at all. He is speaking the truth from his experience.

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Tee Mac

Posted at 9:57 AM on December 23, 2013  

I don’t think Phil Robert said anything wrong! I think the media is trying to make it personal! Mr Roberts said in his up bringing they were treated the same as black people,but, they were called white trash. He was expressing how they all worked together and he didn’t see the racial acts before civil rights. Maybe he did see it an didn’t know it was wrong until the civil rights movement. as for GAYS! 1 Corinthians 6:9-11King James Version (KJV)
9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Meaning: In God’s eyes Gay is a sin, so, people who are or accept being Gay, you are fighting against God/ Jesus. You might as well accept killing, stealing, etc
effeminate: means:having feminine qualities untypical of a man

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merlin1246

Posted at 2:46 PM on December 22, 2013  

God bless Phil. He has more common sense than everyone, collectively, in collectivist Hollywood.

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Peter Van Dyke (@van_freedom)

Posted at 1:02 PM on December 22, 2013  

As usual the morons of media spin the narrative to fit their prejudiced agenda. Not once did Phil mention pre Civil rights in the interview. He said pre entitlement and welfare. The morons of utopia-ville obviously need to take a remedial English course because it is obvious they can’t understand the English language. Their affliction is a result of biased public education.

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Christene Bartels

Posted at 10:45 AM on December 22, 2013  

Reality check please. Phil Robertson describes his upbringing as, although being 1950, it looked like 1850. No electricity, no running water, no commode, farmed using a horse and plow. Get it?

His world was not seen through the prism of “black and white.” His world was seen and experienced through the eyes of a person who lived in a world of poverty that would suck the soul out of lesser people. If you bother to listen to his story, you will hear about a man who lived in a world where blacks and whites were united in the common bond of that utter poverty. He didn’t see the blacks around him complaining about the injustices of discrimination because no one had the TIME or the luxury to sit around and brood about how unfair life was. They were too busy trying to eek out a day to day existence, like everyone else, and being thankful for every life sustaining crumb that fell into their lives to make that possible.

That was his experience. That is what shaped him into the person he is. Who the hell is anyone to take that and twist and pervert it into something dark, ugly, and hateful just to promote their self-serving agenda. Spiteful, bigoted, ignorant hypocrites, that’s who.

Truth be told? If you were gay/bi/black/red/rich/poor/drunk/thief/hooker/satanist and Phil Robertson saw you lying on the side of the road? He would be the first one to take you in.

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H Roby

Posted at 10:23 AM on December 22, 2013  

Yeah, I’m African-American and I’m sorry, I just didn’t get offended by anything he said about us folk. My grandmother said the same thing basically “before busing, all the people just kept to their own neighborhoods and showed each other respect. We were just happy to be free and be able to walk to our own community supported institutions and businesses because they were all within the neighborhood. After the schools integrated is when it all got ugly.”

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Dee

Posted at 9:33 AM on December 22, 2013  

I’m black and I too do not see the racism in his remark. If he says he never witnessed it, then he never witnessed it. Maybe he just was not exposed to it….. it don’t know, but it is hardly a racist remark. And if he believes that gays won’t go to heaven then so what?? Everyone is entitled to their opinion. The truth is the truth and eventually a gay person (and everyone) will know whether gays etc… do indeed get to heaven if they find themselves there or not after they die.

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ann brown

Posted at 7:00 AM on December 22, 2013  

Guess what? He may not have seen it but it existed, sometimes violently. However I must say that from first hand experience that blacks now have the rights and many have not made good use of it or are abusing it. I speak as a black woman.

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merlin1246

Posted at 2:48 PM on December 22, 2013  

“Guess what? He may not have seen it but it existed, sometimes violently.”
>>> and now the shoe is on the other foot, equally hateful, but much, much, more violent.

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Conor

Posted at 4:37 AM on December 22, 2013  

So didn’t personally witness any obvious racism. This may offend people’s sense of racial greviance, but it’s hardly a racist remark. Get a life, people.

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Willie

Posted at 4:31 AM on December 22, 2013  

He never saw racism… is he blind, but also does he not see? this shouldn’t be published, he should be ridiculed for it, like a black man would if he disrespected white people.

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Samantha

Posted at 1:17 AM on December 22, 2013  

Stop searching for racism. He worked Next to those men and women during that time, and there is no doubt that times were difficult, but the way he described African Americans should be seen positively, not chopped up to be some negative racist view! He described them as singing and happy, and to an EXTREMELY poor child growing up alongside them, they seem to be excellent role models; making the best out of a bad situation and loving God despite their unfortunate positions. Sure we all now know how terribly these people were treated in the mid-1900′s, but we should NOT be reading these words from OUR point of view. Because I, nor most of these readers, have EVER experienced this situation first hand. Most of us have never been that poor and we have not been a young “white trash” boy hoeing cotton, learning ideas everyday from “singing” black folks. Surely that’s not to say, in retrospect, there was mistreatment, but from his boyhood memories life was good. And who knows, to see the change grow from happy and godly (albeit poor) people from his youth to the blaming and “entitled” people today ( in conjunction with more secularism) could not sit well with him. Articles like this that try to turn one man’s honest answers (from direct questions) to something that they are not (ie hate spewn words) just prevents society from moving forward. So next time, please, before writing an article dissecting one man’s answers to questions, make sure you understand his background. Because we ALL come from different backgrounds, and we’ve ALL got different stories. So to say that HIS answer to a question is racist according to YOUR perspective set us ALL up for failure.

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dee

Posted at 9:50 PM on December 21, 2013  

fuller your full of waste we all know most people in Hollywood are gays, drunks, and drugers we would expect you to have these viewpoints but it looks like the country has rose up to bite back. GOD KNOWS

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Lizzie

Posted at 6:56 PM on December 21, 2013  

oh my god… people are overreacting. why must everyone overanalyze EVERYTHING these days?! what happened to freedom of speech and why must everything be speculated and made such a big deal when there’s much bigger things in the world to worry about? It’s like they’re TRYING to cause trouble and get something to talk about and cause the public to go in fury! these are HIS experiences, not the whole country! who are they to say that his claims are inaccurate if they are not him? HE says that HE never saw any dispapointment or mistreatings of blacks in his area, not that it wasn’t happening! that’s a GOOD thing people that it wasn’t happening everywhere! my grandparents grew up on farms in Iowa and say the exact same thing that they never saw any segregation. Calm the hell down… oh my Lord. I feel so bad for Phil and how he’s being treated, he’s a great man yet he probably feels like he can never say a word aloud again (yet knowing him, he won’t let all this BS stop him so good for him)…

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1

Posted at 5:39 AM on December 22, 2013  

women don’t have an opinion.

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smoky

Posted at 3:51 PM on December 21, 2013  

Robertson said that he worked in the fields with black people before the “civil rights” era. They seemed happy and they (blacks and whites) even sang together. That was his eyewitness account. He was a low income farm worker – called by many people “white trash”, both then and now. What’s wrong with that? Couldn’t blacks be happy before LBJ’s “great society” and MLK’s civil rights movement?

I will venture a guess. In an objective sense there is nothing wrong with what he said. Robertson walked all over the politically correct speech enforcers and most people supported him. In one interview, he destroyed 20 years of PC brainwashing, intimidation and repression of free expression.

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brandon

Posted at 5:48 PM on December 21, 2013  

yes of course. and there were plenty of german citizens that never saw the concentration camps, nor knew of the atrocities being committed there. the jews just were simply rounded up and sent to better places in the east to live.

so, based on that logic, some germans never saw any atrocities…therefore, they never occurred. if this is his argument that we should go back to the 1950s (when blacks were segregated), simply because blacks sang and whistled while they worked, then that’s ridiculous.

the irony in all this, is that he’s never seen god, yet he believes god exists, but can’t seem to fathom that blacks were mistreated because he never saw it occur. what a joke…

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H Roby

Posted at 10:32 AM on December 22, 2013  

I def get your point of view. But I think even he wasn’t trying to say “let’s turn back the clock and get segregated again.” I think he was just articulating, maybe less brilliant than someone else could have done but, as he said “he was poor white trash in those cotton fields with them” so let’s not expect him to be someone he’s not, that as a youth life seemed happy because people were just happy being free and able to support themselves in a post-slavery America and that he was a witness to THAT… what is he supposed to change his life story and his own opinions to reflect mainstream society? Why can’t people just TALK? I don’t even CARE if their racist: in fact, they should all get a chance to say “I’m racist” so that I know to stay the heck away from them!

 
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Pat

Posted at 9:55 AM on December 28, 2013  

And you’ve successfully made the same fallacious leaps in reasoning as this idiot author. Where did Robertson say that segregation didn’t happen? Where did he say that things were better under segregation? This is sensationalist bigoted slander, not news.

 
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