‘Little People, Big World’ Fans Are Upset With Jacob Roloff for Talking About Race on Instagram

The most recent season of Little People, Big World may be over, but we learned more about the Roloffs than we ever knew before. Matt and Amy Roloff, the once-happily married couple who ran Roloff Farms together and raised their four children, seemed more divided than ever post-divorce as they decided what to do with the farm. And we also got a glimpse into the lives of Zach and Tori Roloff. There were a few family members missing, however — and one of them was Jacob, the youngest member of the family.

Jacob infamously left the show and has been quite outspoken regarding his reasoning why ever since. And he doesn’t hesitate to speak his mind regarding other world issues on his Instagram, too. Here’s what he recently posted about race and what his fans are saying in response.

Jacob Roloff has always been known for speaking his mind

Jeremy Roloff, Zach’s twin brother, left the show quietly — but Jacob made a much bigger splash. Not only did he choose to take himself off the show, but he wrote an Instagram post criticizing reality TV at large. “All in all I appreciate people wanting me to ‘be with the family’ for a few more episodes, but the family that is filmed is not my family. They are the Roloff Characters and I have scarcely anything in common with them, nor do I want to be a character myself,” he wrote in a long Instagram post back in 2016.

Aside from being outspoken about leaving, Jacob has also taken some of his aggression out on Twitter in the past. He sent out a tweet stating that TLC wasn’t giving him his “accumulated salary” he was owed since the first season of LPBW.

He wrote about race and white privilege on a recent Instagram post

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Headed to Northern California to visit izzys brother Nico. Thought this would be a better place than stories. On the way out of town at a four way stop, I went before a cop, and as I was passing he yelled, “your seatbelt fell off” and did not pursue me to give me a ticket or to even make sure I heeded his warning. And as I drove for the next few minutes I felt and thought a lot of things, but one persists: I just benefitted from white privilege. I couldn’t really stop it, other than by demanding I receive a ticket, which would not impact the root of this in any way. So here I am, in California now, with no ticket and still alive. Because if the same thing happened to a person of color the outcome could have been very different considering the abuses of power that people of color are FORCED to be hyper aware of. (Even if you are familiar, refresh yourself on the tragic case of Sandra Bland.) This is all to say that a person of color’s extrajudicial execution will never be justified by the breaking of law, and it is never even about that. Right there I broke the law, and he ignored me. I think, as a white person, you are being intellectually dishonest if you insist there is not a disparity in how we are treated by the police. Try to educate whoever you can, and always be aware. EDIT: Leaving the original post for posterity, I might add this to further explain the use of ‘privilege’: driving away from the cop it was evident that I had just benefitted from the privilege, if nothing else, to not feel fear (or existential worry). I knew that the MOST that would happen to me was a ticket. For people of color that is not so sure of a thing. And the fear does not come from knowing you broke a law and that consequences are coming, often people of color are harassed for as little as their existence. And from that harassment their brothers, mothers, fathers, and sisters are killed. And from that experience, their children must be taught of that danger, and even then, knowing their rights and acting perfectly, they are still harassed. And so it is their fear, and WHY they feel that way, that we should be aware of.

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Jacob may not be appearing on the show anymore, but he still has a serious following and shows up on his parents’ and siblings’ Instagrams from time to time, especially now that he’s getting married. And he wrote one post in June 2019 that caused quite a stir. “On the way out of town at a four way stop, I went before a cop, and as I was passing he yelled, ‘your seatbelt fell off’ and did not pursue me to give me a ticket or to even make sure I heeded his warning,” Jacob wrote. “And as I drove for the next few minutes I felt and thought a lot of things, but one persists: I just benefitted from white privilege.”

Jacob then went on to explain that if the same situation “happened to a person of color the outcome could have been very different considering the abuses of power that people of color are FORCED to be hyper aware of.” He also added that white people are also “being intellectually dishonest if you insist there is not a disparity in how we are treated by the police,” with an additional explanation on how his whiteness means he does not have to live in fear of law enforcement.

Many of his followers were upset by what he wrote

White privilege is a hot topic of conversation these days, so it makes sense that someone as outspoken as Jacob would come forward with his own analysis of how its affected him personally. Unfortunately, many of his followers weren’t as thrilled with his revelations. “You have no idea why he didn’t give you a ticket. Bringing race into this is part of the problem, not the solution,” one of his followers wrote. And many others added on from here.

Another wrote, “It is an assumption of yours that you have white privilege in regards to this situation. You have no idea behind the thoughts that officer had in his decision.” And yet another said, “You are furthering the divide.”

Some of Jacob’s fans did comment and agree with what he was saying, however. As one fan wrote back, “It’s so hard to read comments suggesting that ‘maybe the cop was being nice’ and ‘why bring color it into it!!’ It’s clear that none of those people have ever witnessed or experienced racial profiling on the barest level. It happens every.single.day in this country [sic].” The same follower then went on to add that the racial disparities are “REAL and happening, just as it has been for decades.” 

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