Bravotv.com: How did you feel about the end of your conversation with Katie about race? Did things feel settled?
Robyn Dixon: I never knew that Katie took offense to my questions at the naming ceremony. In my mind, we were having an open conversation about race and identity – one that I have had often since childhood. She didn’t seem upset with the conversation then, so I was very surprised later when she told me how offensive my comments were. I must have struck a nerve that I did not realize was so sensitive for her. This explains a lot of things surrounding the tension felt from Katie thereafter. I’m happy that I was finally allowed to speak and express myself and that Katie eventually understood that I meant no harm in my questions about her children and “what box” they will check. Next time, I hope Katie will address her issues with me right away, instead of letting them build up over time.
Bravotv.com: Do you feel caught in the middle of Charrisse and Gizelle’s debate about Eddie?
RD: I am great friends with both Charrisse and Gizelle, but I do not feel caught in the middle of their debate about Eddie. Charrisse’s marriage is her business to discuss. I have no desire to give commentary on another person’s marriage, which is a very serious and personal matter.
Bravotv.com: You seem to be on Michael’s side of the Bethany debate; do you feel the same way about all the drama with Karen and Michael? What do you think about Karen and Ashley going at it about how they speak about their husbands?
RD: The drama between Karen and Michael is pure nonsense. I can’t even begin to understand how Karen has the energy to pick these dumb fights all the time. After a while, I didn’t even know what they were arguing about anymore. What’s next, who has the bigger golf swing and penis size?
Bravotv.com: If there’s anything you can go back and do differently, what would it be and why?
RD: Filming The Real Housewives of Potomac was a fun experience; however, watching The Real Housewives of Potomac has been an eye-opening experience. After watching the show, I realized that when dealing with people who don’t truly know me as a person, things said can get easily misunderstood and taken too personally. I would have thought twice before speaking, because although I never mean any harm (and most times I am just joking), there truly isn’t enough time on a short season of one hour episodes to explain who I am and exactly where I am coming from. Although I personally don’t look at the mention/discussion of race to be uncomfortable or controversial, I’ve learned that many others are not as comfortable hearing people speak about race, even on light topics such as butt grabbing. I am not racist in any way and having people (cast and viewers) misunderstand me and call me racist was truly a black mark on a great season.