In addition to being called homophobic, some are also calling the Robertson family patriarch a racist. Strange considering Mr. Robertson has two, non-white grandchildren. Rebecca, an exchange student from Taiwan (fostered by Willie & Korie Robertson) and Will (who is biracial) adopted at birth by Willie & Korie. In an interview, Mr. Robertson stated that in his youth in Louisiana, he never saw the mistreatment of black people. And that basically the black people he picked cotton with were happy and appeared to have no ill-will against whites. My thoughts - my parents (both black) lived through Jim Crow/segregation. Both my father and mother grew up in small, rural towns in the South. The reality, there was Klan activity and even talk of towns where if Black, one would not want to find themselves after sundown. But also reality, my parents worked side by side and lived amongst white people whom they considered friends (and still do today). So, I can totally believe Phil's experience growing up. The experience he relayed about his youth is not the same as saying segregation should be in place today or that Black people were happier under segregation. Not the same at all. It is his unique experience and one that may be hard to comprehend if you are not intimately familiar with small town, rural life in the South.
The Robertson family is standing firm against the backlash. And their fans will continue to stand by them. #standwithphil