Clapton was a life long friend of BB King. I have seen them play together, amazing. The fact that Clapton appreciated and played different genres of music isn’t being disrespectful of the genre. Clapton lost his 4 1/2 year old son to a fall from a fifty-three story building. That could cause anyone to turn to drugs or alcohol. Clapton has been a public figure for decades. Anything he has said in his long career can be misinterpreted. I don’t have any facts to indicate he was a racist.