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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - State Representative Marcus Hunter of Monroe speaks out in favor of Phil Robertson.  His statement is as follows:

Louisiana State Representative Marcus Hunter has begun a call to action in support of Phil Robertson, Duck Dynasty star. The call to action includes two parts:

Rep. Hunter is calling for Phil Robertson's immediate reinstatement to the A&E TV show Duck Dynasty and resume his rightful place to "fly point" as the head of the Duck Dynasty flock. 2. Rep. Hunter also is asking Duck Dynasty fans to join him in this effort by signing a petition on change.org

Mr. Robertson's experiences are his own, and he is entitled to express them as he sees fit. It was ‘his' truth. The faith and family structure exhibited by the Robertson's on the hit A&E show is part of the allure which makes it so special. America, once given an opportunity to peek inside the Robertson family, fell in love with them and by proxy northeast Louisiana from the moment the cameras and lights were pointed towards them. I have the distinct honor of representing the very diverse district which is home to the Duck Dynasty and their several businesses. We must protect this diversity. Many in our community and country hold different opinions and values. Phil expressed his opinions and values in an interview. Though we may not all agree with some of the statements he made, we have to be careful not to react harshly or carelessly.

A question for A&E: Have you polled ALL of your employees, actors and contractors to get their views on the LGBT community? If they do not support the LGBT community do they get fired or suspended indefinitely? If the answer is "no" then why was Phil suspended? Some of us also find it disheartening that the reason given by A&E did not address any of the comments Robertson made regarding "the blacks" as it relates to the Jim Crow era as well as entitlement programs and welfare.

While I have yet to speak to Mr. Robertson personally regarding this matter, it is my hope that, as a fellow outdoorsman and neighbor, we will sit and engage in meaningful dialogue regarding efforts to move our beloved Sportsman's Paradise forward. I would like to enlighten him about the challenges and triumphs of Black people during and after Jim Crow. I look forward to A&E lifting its suspension of Mr. Robertson and enlisting a group to research even more diverse shows representative of Louisiana. 

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