“Duck Dynasty” stars Willie and Korie Robertson have been in love with their biracial son, Will, since they adopted him, although they admit to experiencing some external adversity.
Speaking to “Love and Hip Hop” cast members Yandy-Smith Harris and Mendeecees Harris on their new show “At Home with the Robertsons,” Korrie recalled being told that whites shouldn’t adopt blacks, while Willie was told that biracial kids are the “hardest to place here in the South.”
“I remember my grandmother had a black friend who expressed to her that she felt that white people should not adopt black children. I think she felt that black people should adopt black people and white people should adopt white people, ”Korie said, as reported by Fox News. “But I think that is not useful.”
His son Will’s skin color didn’t actually become a full topic of conversation until his A&E show began.
“We didn’t think about it until the show happened and people said, ‘Wait, who’s the black boy? Who does it belong to? ‘”Korie remembered listening.
When asked, Will said that he didn’t start to feel different from his white peers until he got a little older.
“I was one of the only black kids in my grade,” Will said. “My friends were white, so I didn’t understand who I was [different]. I’d look at myself in the mirror and say, ‘Oh, I’m just a little more tanner.’ My hair was short … It didn’t have all this texture that I have now, so I thought, ‘I’m just one of them. As I got older, I started to realize, ‘Oh God, I’m very different.’
Willie even remembered the “ugly” comments they sometimes received. “For us it was strange because now he can see that,” he said. “We didn’t see that and we had people doing all kinds of ugly things.”
“I remember when the Charlottesville thing happened. It’s so sad for me, and you know, having a kid that’s black and biracial, only to, you know, having to explain it to him, you mean, ‘Oh, no, no, no, no … that’s in the past. . ‘ But whenever it’s there in your face, you say, ‘No, it’s not in the past,’ ”Korrie said.
When asked if they ever talked to their son about meeting police officers, both Willie and Korrie admitted that they weren’t exactly concerned about that kind of situation.
“I have never worried about that. I think I taught them to be respectful with any kind of authority, with the teachers, with everyone, ”said Willie.
“You haven’t had to think about that, but this is the kind of conversation that [Mendeecees] you have to have with your children, ”Yandy replied. “We can cut the beard. We can’t get tattoos, and we can stop those things from happening, but you can’t wash your skin. “
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