Kandi Burruss reveals how she is speaking to her children about our nation’s issues with racial injustice and police brutality.
While appearing on Wednesday’s episode of “Watch What Happens Live,” the star of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” says her kids — Kaela, 23, Riley, 17, Ace, 4, and Blaze, 6 months — have had varying reactions to recent news events.
“Obviously, I’m getting it all from all different ages. We have Riley and Kaela who are on the older side of things — which, Riley, she’s very opinionated,” the singer told host Andy Cohen.
The Xscape group member says Riley has made it her mission to distance herself from peers who have not publicly expressed support for black issues.
“And from the jump, [Riley] was like — she goes to a school where obviously the minority is black [and] the majority is white — but she was like, ‘OK, I am unfollowing every single friend or person that is non-black who is not speaking up about this; who is not showing that they are an ally with our community.’“
Burruss continued, “And she seriously did. She made it, like, a movement through her whole friend group. If she did not see some type of statement or [sign] that you care, she was unfollowing you. And she was serious about it.”
However, Ace — who Burruss says dressed up as a policeman on career day — has had a more difficult time understanding why there has been criticism directed at authorities.
“And so [Todd, Kandi’s husband and Ace’s father] was trying to explain to [Ace], you know, what was going on and why everybody was so upset and what was happening with the police. Ace was confused. He was like, ‘So, the police are the bad guys?’” Burruss detailed.
That’s when Burruss got emotional and was visibly tearing up.
“Now isn’t that crazy to have to explain that to a 4-year-old?” Burruss said. “For you to be black and have to worry about the police being the bad guys.”
“And Andy, I know you care about us, but you don’t have to think about that. That’s something that we have to think about for our sons,” Burruss told Cohen.
Watch the powerful clip, below: