Robyn Dixon Explains Her Comments on RHOP: “I Wasn’t Trying To Create A Racial Stir”

Robyn Dixon set off a bit of a firestorm on this week’s Real Housewives of Potomac when she asked if Ashley Darby‘s husband’s behavior was “a white guy thing.” At Charrisse Jackson Jordan‘s 50th birthday bash, Michael Darby’s antics came under scrutiny when he allegedly started grabbing the butts of fellow…fellows! Katie’s Rost‘s boyfriend, Andrew, was the recipient of Michael’s playful grab-a$$, and seemed to take it all in stride. But the whole situation blew up after Robyn asked her (very loaded) question. 

Robyn defends, “I’d first like to explain my comment, because it surely was taken too seriously and in this racially sensitive world we are living in today, it needs to be explained. I wasn’t trying to create a racial stir by asking if Michael’s grabbing of Andrew’s butt was a ‘white guy thing.’ I really was just trying to throw Michael a lifeline, because what other good explanation is there for a straight, married man to grab another man’s butt? Hmmmm?”


Admitting she would be “incredibly shocked” if her (ex) hubby Juan was caught out there grabbing other guys’ rears, Robyn further asserts, “And had another man grabbed Juan’s butt, that man wouldn’t just have been able to walk away like it was nothing. But no, Katie and Ashley acted like that was something normal that happened all the time – hence my question.”

Katie’s response to the question, and her escalation of the situation, took Robyn by surprise. She reacts in her blog, “I was very shocked that Katie got so charged up about my lighthearted comment and turned a fun evening into a huge racial attack. I just didn’t even see the connection between my butt grabbing comment and my racial identity. Calling me biracial as if it was a fighting word was so dumbfounding, especially since I had already had a conversation with Katie about my racial background. And it was especially dumbfounding coming from a biracial woman who should understand the definition of ‘biracial’ and that black people come in many different shades.”

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Admitting she was “dumbfounded” when Katie suggests she go get her genealogy checked out, Robyn argues, “Not once did I deny that I have white ancestry or say that I was ‘straight out of Africa.’ These comments show Katie’s extreme ignorance regarding the history of black people in America.” 

Robyn continues, “It is clear that I not only have black ancestry, but also white, Native American, and who knows what else in me! However, both of my parents are black and everyone that came before them classifies as black. I really don’t want to get into a history lesson, and thank goodness for the internet, but I suggest Katie and anyone else confused by my blackness to look up the ‘one-drop rule.'”

As far as Katie’s accusation that Gizelle Bryant and Robyn are the most “racially obsessed duo” she’s ever met, Robyn chalks it up to Katie’s over-sensitivity. Perhaps Katie needs to work her stuff out? Robyn seems to think so, remarking, “If Katie thinks that I am so racially obsessed, I think that Katie is extremely racially sensitive. It’s clear that the simple mention of race freaks Katie out and I’m not sure why. Maybe she has her own issues with her race and identity that she needs to sort out before wrongly attacking other people.”


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