"Duck Dynasty" Star's Racial Comments Also Drawing Fire

(Undated) -- The NAACP and the Human Rights Campaign are condemning the remarks made by "Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson. While the A&E network reality star's graphic anti-gay remarks have stirred controversey, his suggestions that African-Americans in the South were happier before civil rights laws took effect have stirred just as much outrage. In his interview with "GQ" magazine, Robertson says he never saw the mistreatment of any black person in his experiences growing up in Louisiana. Labeling himself "white trash," he said blacks were "singing and happy" while he worked alongside them in the cotton fields. The 67-year-old reality star says, "Pre-entitlement, pre-welfare," blacks "were godly; they were happy; no one was singing the blues."

In a joint letter to A&E the NAACP and the Human Rights Campaign called Robertson's remarks racist and ill-informed. The letter states, "What he didn't see were lynching and beatings of black men and women for attempting to vote or simply walking down the street."