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Kandi Burruss Gets Emotional Addressing Conversations with Her Children about Racial Injustice
The RHOA cast member opened up about explaining police brutality to son, Ace.
In the same week that Todd Tucker addressed having difficult conversations with 4 year-old son Ace, as he tries to navigate talks with him about race and police brutality, Kandi Burruss couldn't hold back tears when speaking about how hard it's been on her as well to speak to their young son about it.
"On the younger side of things, my son, Ace, who's 4, he was a policeman on career day and so when my husband was trying to explain to him 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.' Now, isn't that crazy to have to explain that to a 4-year-old? For you to be black and have to worry about the police being the bad guys... that's an emotional thing for me," The Real Housewives of Atlanta cast member said on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen on Wednesday (June 11).
She continued, "And Andy I know that 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."
Todd mirrored that emotional sentiment on Instagram: “I haven’t been very vocal lately, as my heart has been hurting. My son was a police officer for his career day last year. We were watching the news and he asked me, ‘the police are bad guys?’ with a puzzled look. He was so confused. And I’m still working on explaining to him the horrific acts of the police. We must have honest conversations with our children and prepare them.”
Kandi has also been vocal about the role parents should play in having conversations with their kids about how they can work to make a better future during WWHL.
"The future is representation in every business that we're a part of and everything that we're doing, especially in politics," she said on WWHL this week. It's a sentiment she also shared during an an Instagram Live panel, Amplify Our Voices: An Open Dialogue on Being Black in America in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. "So what I am encouraging every parent, especially minorities: Encourage to get more involved in knowing about politics so that we can start attacking it at a local level. I think it all start there and then goes forward. We need to start grooming our children the same way that white men are groomed to be in politics."
Together, Kandi and Todd are parents to Ace and 1-year-old Blaze. They each also have a child from previous relationships: Kandi is mom to Riley; Todd is dad to Kaela.