This should be interesting. One of reality TV's foremost racists has a new grandchild — and he's Black.
Jep and Jessica Robertson of Duck Dynasty announced they welcomed their fifth child, Gus, into their brood this week via adoption. The couple revealed on their new reality show, Jep and Jessica: Growing the Dynasty, that they had recently adopted a Black baby after "many, many years" of discussions. Jep also shared a pic of their little bundle on Twitter:
The entire family appeared on Good Morning America on Thursday, and Jep was asked how his 69-year-old father Phil Robertson reacted to the baby news.
"He always said, and I guess this never got quoted, is that, 'We're all part of one race, the human race,'" Jep responded. "He loves him."
In 2013, Phil caused a major stir when he made some remarks to GQ about Black people living in the South before the Civil Rights era.
"I never, with my eyes, saw the mistreatment of any Black person. Not once. Where we lived was all farmers. The Blacks worked for the farmers. I hoed cotton with them," the Duck Dynasty star told the magazine. "They're singing and happy. I never heard one of them, one Black person, say, 'I tell you what: These doggone white people...' Not a word! Pre-entitlement, pre-welfare, you say: Were they happy? They were godly; they were happy; no one was singing the blues."
The following year, Phil clarified his comments to Us Weekly, saying, "I was just giving my experience. The point I was making was that even when our Black brothers didn't have their civil rights, those people had that one thing the government couldn't take from them: their faith. They would sing spiritual songs as they were going across those cotton fields."
He added, "We don't look at people like Black, white and brown. We're all members of the human race."
Guess we'll see on TV how little Gus integrates into this family. White people adopting Black children always present unique challenges. Watch Sandra Bullock talk about the things she teaches her son Louis about racism in our exclusive interview below:
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