Todd Chrisley Claps Back at Instagram User Who Left Racist Comment About 7-Year-Old Granddaughter
Todd Chrisley will not tolerate racism.
On Wednesday, 51-year-old Chrisley Knows Best-Star shared a photo of himself and his granddaughter Chloe to announce the 7-year-old's guest appearance in the latest episode of the Chrisley Confessions podcast.
"Quiet racism, I love how God made me, and it's enough. Today surprise guest Chloe accompanies me to a conversation about race and racism in America," he wrote in the headline. "And your questions about how the show affects normal life."
Chloe is the daughter of Todd's son Kyle Chrisley from a previous relationship. The little girl was raised by Todd and his wife Julie Chrisley after asking for custody at the age of 6 months for Kyle's struggles with drug abuse.
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Shortly after Todd shared the post, an Instagram user left a racist comment that apparently targeted Chloe's multiracial background.
"I'm sorry I don't like marrying your own color. It really messes up the kids," the comment said.
The reality star quickly called the user by name and replied, "Hi Patti, I hope the Lord lets you live long enough to see that color doesn't screw up children, but ignorance and hatred will certainly do."
He added, "I will pray that God beats your heart and that he gives you clarity."
Todd Chrisley / Instagram
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At the end of May, Todd's daughter Savannah told Chrisley how her family discussed races under the nationwide protests against racial injustice and police brutality, and revealed that they said to Chloe that "because of the color," policemen are "being careful of their skin."
"I received some comments about why I didn't mention what's going on in Minneapolis ... of course many of you say 'oh she's a privileged white girl ...' but honestly you have no idea who I'm !! "Savannah, 22, wrote on her Instagram story, which she later shared in a post. "I have discussions about it and I try to process it myself."
The reality star continued that she and her father "sat and talked" about the death of George Floyd - a black man who died after a white police office planted a knee on his neck for almost nine minutes - and admitted that she was "afraid of Chloe's future".
"My father and I sat and had a long conversation about it and we were broken and afraid for Chloe's future," she wrote of her niece. "We live in a world where we have to teach her to be EXTRA careful with policemen because of her skin color."
Savannah Chrisley / Instagram Savannah Chrisley and niece Chloe
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"IT MUST STOP !!!" Savannah added.
"I ALWAYS and will always stand up for what is right. Yes ... it took me a few days to comment, but that's because I struggled with it myself. I believe that through this Grief we are, something good will come. Everyone feels together. George Floyd will be remembered forever, "she wrote next to an emoji with a red heart.
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In the wake of Chrisley Confessions on Wednesday, Todd expanded his family's discussions about racing with Chloe.
"I have a black mother and a white father and I love how God made me," said Chloe.
Todd said, "Chloe is 7, so Chloe must be involved in these conversations at 7 because she needs to know that this country - this world as you see it - will see you as a black girl."
"I had to open my eyes in many ways to silence racism," he added.
To combat systemic racism, you should consider learning from or donating to these organizations:
• Campaign Zero (joincampaignzero.org), which ends police brutality in America through research-proven strategies.
• ColorofChange.org is committed to making the government more responsive to racial differences.
• The National Cares Mentoring Movement (carementoring.org) provides social and academic support to help black teenagers succeed in college and beyond.
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