If your guilty pleasure, like mine, is binge watching anything that has to do with the Real Housewives of Atlanta, then you’ve already seen the reunion show part 3. And I’m sure you didn’t miss Kim’s dramatic bathroom breakdown either. But for those of you who don’t know, here’s a short recap of Kim’s tearful tantrum:
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“Andy, like how much can a person take? …There wasn’t even one positive question for me. It was hammered…Nene knows I’m not a racist. You know why you haven’t found another white woman to sit on that muthaf*cker? Cause nobody’s dumb enough to do that. Sheree, I’m so upset with you…I just didn’t feel like you stood up for me or helped me with them ganging up on me. Put yourself in my shoes. Five African American women just hammered. I couldn’t even speak. My mind’s a whirlwind. This whole racism thing in this day an age is bullshit. Like, every one of those muthaf*ckers on that couch owes this world an apology for this racism shit. They already tried to claim that shit long ago, Sheree, as you know. Nobody really bought into it because social media wasn’t there, and racism wasn’t all that real.”
I am aware that you may have lead a sheltered life. Other than your former assistant, and your former co-stars of the RHOA, you may not have known many Black people in your life. Thus, you are ignorant to the plight and struggles of Black folks. Racism didn’t begin with social media. Racism has always been here. You may remember a time in history called “slavery”; well, we haven’t quite recovered from it. In fact, though we’ve come a long way from regular lynching and cross burning, we still deal with police shootings, “driving while Black”, being targeted because of our clothing, being turned down for employment because of our natural hair, being thrown out of restaurants and gyms, merely because of our melanin. Social media didn’t start racism. Social media helped to bring racial injustice to the forefront. By bystanders videoing injustices, we can now be more informed of the injustice that Black people go through every day. Though I have many negative opinions of social media, I can’t argue with the fact that it has helped expose police brutality, and corporate discrimination. How foolish of you to think that racism “wasn’t all that real?” The height of race relations wasn’t that long ago. My parents were alive when Emmitt Till was brutally murdered by White men for allegedly whistling at a White woman. My parents were in elementary school when 4 little Black girls were murdered when the Klu Klux Klan bombed their church building. You were alive when Donald trump actively denied housing to minorities, when a mass murderer entered a black church and killed nine parishioners. I was married with a child when I got followed around a store in Baltimore by an Asian woman, while White women casually perused, unencumbered. Of course, racism existed. You just weren’t exposed to it because you are white. And, let’s face it, you don’t really care that much. In fact, I would go as far as to say that you are part of the problem. When you whined that you had to take that abuse from “five African American women,” what you really meant, is that getting yelled at by Black women is far scarier than being yelled at by White women. Why, Kim? Did you think you were in danger? What makes this experience worse than being yelled at by five White women? You then proceeded to tell Andy Cohen, that’s why he “can’t find another white woman to sit on the couch.” Why Kim? Would having another White woman grace the couch, somehow increase the show’s popularity? It seems those “African American” ladies have been doing just fine on their own. Are we so intimidating to your fragility? Never mind, the fact that all season long, you’ve attempted to demoralize and defame most of the women on that couch. You took photos and passed on videos of Nene’s house and car to embarrass her. You told Cynthia to shut up and look pretty, as if she isn’t a smart and successful business owner. You lied on my fav, Kandi, and said she tried to eat your “box”. Kim, nobody wants to eat your “box” except Kroy’s delusional ass. And you spread these lies, with what intention? Are you so desperate to get a peach that you would knowingly make yourself look this treacherous? And to be so foul, you had the audacity to cry at the end of the show, because the same women you just finished talking trash about, talked trash about you in return. As the old saying goes, if you can’t take the heat, get your ass out of the kitchen. Are you this upset that they called you a racist? After you employed a black woman as your assistant and treated her like your servant. After you admitted that five Black women yelling at you was scary. Well, Kim, if five white women were yelling at me, I’d be afraid too. But I’d probably get shot by the police before the argument was over. And then to have the gull to say that Black women owed the world an apology for “racism”; how much more idiocy can you display? You can’t ask for an apology from the group that’s being persecuted. If anything, you and your ancestors owe us an apology, for stealing our ancestors, for beating us with whips, for ripping us from our home, and then colonizing our home, for lynching, for keeping us underemployed and uneducated, for sending us to the worst schools, the worst parks, the worst neighborhoods; for giving our children dirty water to drink, for Flint, for the levees breaking, for doing experiments on us, for infecting us with disease, for stealing our cells, for the “3 strikes you’re out” rule, for “no child left behind,” for killing our leaders, for Huey P. Newton, for Martin Luther King, for trying to put Angela Davis behind bars, for the invasion and destruction of Grenada, for not coming to the aide of Rwanda, for making “The Birth of a Nation” but giving Beyoncé flack for her Formation performance; for making sit-ins and bus boycotts necessary, for colored only water fountains, and schools, and park benches; for not teaching students about black inventors like, Patricia Bath, Charles Drew, and Thomas Elkins; for forcing us to sing the Star Spangled Banner when you knew about verse three. We deserve an apology for the “war on drugs,” sharecropping, Jim Crow, for all the black men who’ve been falsely accused because they fit the description of a Black man; for our babies, and husbands, and wives, that you sold off to the next white man, for the apartheid in South Africa, for Mike Brown, for Freddy Gray, for Eric Garner, for Tamir Rice, for Sandra Bland, to every Black mother that has to explain to her child why we should but can’t always trust the police; for every Black woman that has to say a prayer when her man leaves the house that he will return safely to her arms and not be brutally murdered or taken off to jail unwittingly; for mothers who can’t buy their sons toy guns for fear they will be mistakenly gunned down. Apologize to us, Kim. Just because you didn’t see it doesn’t mean it didn’t happen. I’ve never seen a slave ship, but here we are. Wake up, Kim Zolciak. Didn’t you know “the revolution would not be televised?” But it just might be on Facebook live.
Until Next Time,