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A clear conversation.
on Monday, Daily pop Co host Justin sylvester Appeared on Bravo’s Instagram Live to host an open conversation about being black in the United States. E! Got involved with personality Real housewives of atlanta Stars Kandi Burras And Porsche Williams, As well as Real Housewives of Potomac Star Giselle Bryant.
In a personal live segment with BravoLaberties, Justin covered a range of topics from racism to the ongoing Black Lives Matter protest with thoughts on the upcoming election.
Justin said during the live stream, “I want to thank you for coming. It’s an open dialogue about what’s happening in America right now and without you guys, the changes people are willing to hear, not change it happens.” “I know this is an uncomfortable conversation for a lot of people, I believe it is inconvenient for me with some people, but uncomfortable conversations are what you need to be.”
For the words of Kandi, Porsche and Giselle on these topics, be sure to scroll through the quotes below.
On the reactions of George Floyd’s death:
Porsha: “It struck me because it was once again another black person that I was seeing killed, but it was in this way that we saw it, how long it took, how long you had to suffer, its pain, through He had to sit down. “
Gizelle: “Just to see George Floyd dying, because we’ve all seen the video, so after watching the video you have an opinion of what you’ve seen. You can’t walk away from that, I don’t care what you Are of color., And not an opinion. It’s a pity because of my father, here he has worked beyond 60 years and still no change. As I said, he worked together. Martin Luther King [[[[Junior]. Martin Luther King has his ‘I Have a Dream’… obviously that dream has been a bad dream for us. “
Kandi: “It seems to me that even though there are black people, we have been campaigning and talking about police violence in America and injustice and racism in America for a very long time, but suddenly it seems that everyone is finally Being able to hear it. I really hate what happened to George Floyd, but obviously, as Porsche previously said, that video is really annoying for all of us to see inside. ‘I’ve been saying for so long, that it’s a real thing, we’re not just saying that. It’s real. “
On experiences with racism:
Porsha: “I’ve definitely dealt with racism at the workplace, I’ve dealt with racism in everyday life, I’ve dealt with racism as a child. At the end of the day, we’re trying to live in this black skin.” The world that is telling us that we are not equal to them. Therefore, if you live in black skin, then you are facing different ways.
Gizelle: “To bring it closer to home for me, I have a 15-year-old child who is in high school and then I have twins who are in eighth grade, but when my children were in sixth grade, The angelOne of the twins, she went to school and had the N-word on her desk. “
Kandi: “If we never have anything to say, you will find that it is another race person who is always trying to do what they think it works for the black community … when I say I am not excluding Bravo, ’cause I see people who are commenting. I, myself, have already started a conversation with my network to bring these questions up. Real housewives of atlanta, We are having these conversations with each other about how we can support our production company and our network. “
On the importance of voting:
Porsha: “If you’re getting active and you’re marching, it’s amazing, but also for those elections and be a sociable voter … that’s the only selfie I want to see, okay? Your selfie in line . That’s it. “
Gizelle: “So this year, for the state of Maryland, the primary was on June 2. So, because of COVID, they’ve mailed us our ballots, okay? And the ballot was definitely on, you know, the president, but all But all the judges were back. You know who your judges are, because the judges are the people who are going to send you, are black, possibly going to jail wrongly or not. “
Kandi: “At the end of the day, we have to keep voting and we really have to vote in our local elections. Those are the elections that directly affect us … People always want to run in elections when it’s time for the president to vote Happens, we know, we know. But, as we’ve seen in our previous presidency … I mean, I love [President Barack] Obama I love Obama, but we know that very often he could not push things forward because the House did not support him, he did not have enough votes. That being said, a person in power is still up and held by the people below, you know what I’m saying? Therefore, do not think that you are just going to vote for the top person and think that you do not need to vote for all those people who uphold things and make laws that are under the president. You need everyone to vote. “
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In protest against police brutality:
Porsha: “We are at home with our families and I think during that time the mentality of the world was, ‘Family is everything.” We were all in the mindset of loving each other, together in this. So, it was almost a perfect storm when we saw a video of George Floyd being killed because, when we heard him calling out to his mother, we were very hurt. “We care about our family.”
Gizelle: “The protests my children held were 90 percent white. It was organized by teenagers. It was about 3,000 people. It was amazing. And I hope to see the event organized by white, young, mostly girls. Was. Inspiring me. “
Kandi: “Let’s talk about how people wake up, not just in the United States, but around the world. I mean, to see people protesting all the way in Paris, in London, in Amsterdam, in Tokyo to see them Apart from many other places that I can also name. But, just to see that Amish was also protesting … First of all, we are saying that police violence is something that affects America. But racism affects the world. “
On how to join and implement change:
Porsha: “I really think that everybody looks out the window of opportunity, I really believe that people want it to be changed in a real way … There is a website, called SURJ, SURJ, racial Showing up for justice. I like to give it out because it is. A website to tell another white person with information about racial injustice from a white person… if people can see various quality organizations Who are trying to help in the movement. So, you have the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Black Lives Matter, separately. Just look at them and see what they’re about. “
Gizelle: “Some of my white friends have called me and they have apologized and they are like, ‘Giselle, what should I do?” And I have to be frank with them and tell them, ‘Whatever you’re doing, do the opposite!’ … But, more importantly, your domain, whoever you are, whatever your responsibility, like the principal, fix it. Change it You have the ability to change whoever is responsible. “
Kandi: “I love the fact that we have a lot of allies right now. So, when they ask us, once again, what can they do to help us? What can they do that is not about racism and racism Is it for years and years? ” We have to start by making sure that we are involved in this. If you go to an executive meeting where the top people in your company are all over the table and you don’t see a single black person, or even if you look 20 years old and there is only one black person, You need to have a conversation. something is not right. “
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