“Duck Dynasty” stars Willie and Korie Robertson have been in love with their biracial son, Will, ever since they adopted him, though they admit to having experienced some outside adversity.
Speaking with “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 white people should not adopt black people while Willie was told that biracial children are the “hardest ones to place here in the south.”
“I remember my grandmother had a friend who’s Black that expressed to her that she felt like White people shouldn’t adopt Black kids. I think she just felt like Black people should adopt Black people and White people should adopt White people,” Korie said, as reported by Fox News. “But I just think that’s not helpful.”
Their son Will’s skin color didn’t actually become a full-fledged subject of conversation until their A&E show kicked off.
“We didn’t think about it until the show happened and people were like, ‘Wait who’s the Black kid? Who does he belong to?'” Korie recalled hearing.
When asked, Will said that he didn’t start to feel different from his white peers until he got a bit older.
“I was one of the only Black kids in my grade,” Will said. “My friends were White so I didn’t get the notion that I was [different]. I would look myself in the mirror and be like, ‘Oh, I’m just a little bit tanner.’ My hair was short…I didn’t have all this texture that I have now so I was just like, ‘I kind of am just one of them.’ As I got older I started realizing, ‘Oh gosh, I’m a lot different.”
Willie even recalled the “ugly” comments they would sometimes receive. “For us it was weird because now he can see that,” he said. “We didn’t see that and we had people do all kind of ugly things.”
“I remember when the Charlottesville thing happened. It’s just so sad to me, and you know, having a son that’s Black and biracial, just to, you know, have to explain that to him, you wanna say, ‘Oh, no, no, no, no…that’s in the past.’ But whenever it’s right there in your face, you’re like, ‘No, it’s not in the past,'” Korrie said.
When asked if they ever talked with their son about how to encounter police officers, both Willie and Korrie admitted that they were not exactly worried about that type of situation.
“I’ve never once worried about that. I think I taught them to be respectful to any type of authority, with teachers, everyone,” Willie said.
“You haven’t had to think about that, but these are the kinds of conversations that [Mendeecees] has to have with his sons,” Yandy responded. “We can cut off the beard. We can not get tattoos, and we can prevent those things from happening but you can’t wash off your skin.”