When Real Housewife of Atlanta Porsha Williams isn’t somehow being a master of prop comedy, she’s a vocal activist, participating in Black Lives Matter protests, sharing her experiences on social media, and putting herself on the front lines, even getting arrested at a protest in Louisville this July. A recent New York Times profile by Caity Weaver elucidates her social-justice background; her grandfather was civil-rights activist Reverend Hosea Williams. Weaver asks Porsha “if any white Housewives had been helpful” during Bravo’s Black cast members’ efforts to hold conversations about race with the network, and here is her response:
“Um, you know …” she began, before breaking into a peal of laughter. “I haven’t really talked to any of the white women!”
“Listen,” she said, and flashed a winning smile, “even though we’ve been in quarantine, I’ve been busy as hell!”
While a few white Housewives, like New York’s Leah McSweeney and Orange County’s Braunwyn Windham-Burke, have participated with Williams in on-air conversations about the network’s problems with race, other white Bravo stars have remained silent, even after Bravo fired cast members from flagship shows Below Deck Mediterranean and Vanderpump Rules for racism earlier this summer. Williams says she’s received support for her BLM activism from her Real Housewives of Atlanta co-stars: “I know these Black women. These Black women are strong. These Black women are vocal. And these Black women are able to set aside any differences that we are having,” she said. Differences like Porsha telling Eva she looks like “a thumb with lips on it.” That’s class.