Korie and Willie Robertson aren’t holding something again as they dive into essential, difficult conversations about race of their new Fb Watch sequence, At House With The Robertsons.
Within the present’s premiere episode (which dropped Monday), the couple sit down with their bi-racial son Will (who they adopted when he was 5 weeks outdated) to speak racism in America and the way their expertise on A&E’s Duck Dynasty made them “take into consideration” race for the primary time. Talking with Love and Hip Hop’s Yandy and Mendeecees Harris, the momma of 5 recalled seeing “ugly” feedback about Will as soon as the fact present debuted, saying:
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“Folks had been like, ‘Wait, who’s the Black child? Who does he belong to?’ We’re like, ‘Our son?’”
Ugh . Willie shared comparable ideas, including:
“When Duck Dynasty hit, after we had been on tv and also you had all these racist individuals on there making all type of ugly feedback. For us, it was bizarre as a result of then now he can see that.”
Despite the fact that he didn’t have social media on the time (since he was simply 10 when the present first aired), the younger boy was nonetheless uncovered to the feedback, as soon as even asking to answer the haters within the remark part of his mother’s Instagram!
However now at 19 years outdated, the scholar mirrored that previous to the racist commentary through the present’s heyday, he hadn’t seen a distinction in his household:
“I used to be one of many solely Black youngsters in my grade. My associates had been white. I’d have a look at myself within the mirror and be like, ‘Oh, I’m just a bit bit darker.’”
That every one modified with age:
“As I acquired older, I began realizing that, ‘Oh gosh, I’m rather a lot completely different.’”
Inside the 20 minute episode, the household additionally mentioned police violence, a dialog doubtless spurred on by final summer season’s nationwide Black Lives Matter motion and the numerous situations of grotesque police brutality that adopted swimsuit. Whereas sadly far too many Black kids have needed to have “the police discuss” about easy methods to react when round authorities due to longstanding implicit biases, Willie and Korie admitted they by no means spoke with their son about it.
The CEO of Duck Commander expressed:
“You recognize, I haven’t, as a result of I’ve by no means as soon as apprehensive about that.”
Yandy vulnerably defined why it was so essential that the white mother and father do have that dialog with their little one, saying of her husband:
“You haven’t had to consider that, however these are conversations that [Mendeecees] has to have together with his sons. We will minimize off the beard. We can’t get tattoos. We will forestall these issues from occurring, however you’ll be able to’t wash off your pores and skin.”
“As a Black male, I expertise some issues extra typically than [Yandy] has.”
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This dialog was clearly highly effective for the Southern household, and hopefully for viewers all over the place! The 47-year-old momma concluded the episode sharing her hopes for Will:
“I hate it that there are nonetheless individuals which can be racist on this planet. I feel it’s a horrible factor and I simply hope and pray that sooner or later we’ll dwell in a world the place racism simply doesn’t exist, the place nobody is judged for the colour of their pores and skin. However sadly, we do dwell in that world proper now, that there are some individuals who nonetheless really feel that method, and we’ve taught Will easy methods to take care of that and we hope he’s ready.”
It’s an extremely candid, informative watch! And don’t fear, it’s not all critical. The outdoorsy fam even teaches the VH1 stars easy methods to duck name! Ch-ch-check it out (beneath)!
On the premiere episode of At House With The Robertsons, Willie & Korie invite Love and Hip Hop’s Yandy and Mendeecees Harris to debate racism and elevating a black son in America. Plus, Will, Willie and Korie’s bi-racial son, shares his experiences rising up in a white household.
Posted by Willie Robertson on Thursday, April 1, 2021
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