Phil Robertson Just Lost Me

I’ll let the other bloggers deal with the homophobic rant in Phil Robertson (The Duck Commander)’s recent GQ interview. What really got my goat was this:

Phil On Growing Up in Pre-Civil-Rights-Era Louisiana

“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.”

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Um, sorry. That’s an extremely ignorant thing to say. THOUSANDS of black people in the south were singing the blues in the 60s. Here are ten voices, the smallest sampling, the ones who made it big. But even for the ones that made it, they weren’t just trying to move records.

Mahalia Jackson (from your own state of Louisiana, Mr Robertson) – We Shall Overcome


Nina Simone – Strange Fruit


Lightnin’ Hopkins – Cotton 


Son House – Grinnin’ In Your Face


B.B. King – Every Day I Have the Blues


Ray Charles – Hard Times 


Blind  Lemon Jefferson – Black Snake Moan


Mississippi John Hurt – Lonesome Valley


Chuck Berry – Worried Life Blues


 Muddy Waters – Mississippi Delta Blues


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