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15 Times Celebs Let Their Racist Side Show

Just because people are famous or are celebrities that we read about in all of the best gossip rags doesn’t mean that they’re people that we should look up to. Celebrities come from all over the world with various backgrounds and widely varying levels of education. Because of this fact, some of these famous actors, singers, and athletes have made jokes in the past that are not so politically correct these days. The definition of racism has grown to be understood more widely over the last dozen decades as racists moved to covert racism from overt displays of racial dominance. The current racial climate of America is fragile after a year filled with news stories of countless police shootings involving innocent, unarmed African-American people.

Entire movements of people have formed that are hoping to close this racial divide and begin to heal this wounded nation. But with issues like the Dakota Access Pipeline continuing to marginalize people of color we have to see that there is a still a long road to be walked to end racial injustice. Learning about which celebrities are working against progress will help us all be a bit more informed which is the only way to incite social change.

But with issues like the Dakota Access Pipeline continuing to marginalize people of color we have to see that there is a still a long road to be walked to end racial injustice. Learning about which celebrities are working against progress will help us all be a bit more informed which is the only way to incite social change.

15. Phil Robertson

The crew featured on Duck Dynasty were living large before Phil Robertson made those racist comments about how everyone was much happier before ‘Civil Rights’. In the January 2013 Phil Robertson was interviewed for GQ, it was in this interview that Robertson made the fated comments. He mentioned that since his family was white trash they were hoeing cotton right alongside African Americans and he claimed that not one of those people was unhappy with their lives. Robertson went further to state that before welfare and entitlement everything was better, African Americans were godly and singing in the fields. These comments blew up in the media, especially after his previous assessment of homosexuals as prostitutes, drunkards, and slanderers.

GLAAD responded immediately to Robertson’s claims about gays and the backlash was even larger after this fateful interview. Almost exactly three years later Robertson welcomed a half-black grandchild into the world. We’re hoping that he’s become a bit less ignorant since 2013.

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