Porsha Williams has been one of the many citizens and activists who have stepped up at protests, rallies, and vigils to support the Black Lives Matter movement in the wake of George Floyd's alleged murder at the hands of a police officer after he was arrested on May 25 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Real Housewives of Atlanta cast member has been peacefully protesting over the course of the last several days and documenting it on Instagram.
Porsha posted a video to IGTV in which she said that tear gas was being used and shots could be heard in the background while protesters gathered. The footage showed the aftermath of that encounter as protesters, including Porsha, could be heard running, coughing, and trying to help one another by providing milk to flush out their eyes.
"Did y'all see this? We're in Atlanta. It's 7:45 [p.m.]. The curfew is not until 9 o'clock. We out here peacefully protesting and they're teargassing us for no reason at all, for absolutely no reason at all. Nobody did anything," she said.
Porsha and fellow protesters could then be seen caught in the middle of the tense scene and seeking shelter while reporting from the events. "Now they're blocking us in. We're in the Atlanta at the capitol. They are blocking us in. I can't get out of here. We're peacefully protesting," she said in the footage. "They're coming down the street. They're blocking us in. We can't even go to other directions."
When Porsha got back on the street, after stepping away from the events unfolding for a moment, she could be seen trying to reconnect with fiancé Dennis McKinley who got separated for a moment. "Everybody will know what is going on, what is happening to us right now," she said in the footage.
Later on she said in the footage posted to IGTV, "It's almost 8 o'clock. They're definitely going to lock us up... I feel very unsafe by my own police department."
She also reflected on the events of the protests: "We have the right to freedom of assembly, the right to freedom of association, and the right to freedom of speech. Although today here in Atlanta that was taken away from us. A very peaceful group of us protesters had pepper spray bombs thrown at us! In the post right before this one you can hear the music [and] peaceful chanting right before we were had bombed! SMH -What a shame to try to silence the people once again. Bloodline 'Enough is enough'! Frontlines, legacy, #BlackLivesMatter, Vote Vote Vote, Fight [for] a Better Future."
Porsha has opened up about her experience protesting and shared her firsthand account of being a part of the peaceful protest.
"I saw people who were my age who felt the energy of it. I suggest that you go within your lifetime — this is what we're dealing with. This is how you be a part of it," she said on Instagram Stories. "I suggest that you do be a part of a peaceful march in your community. When I went out, what I witnessed was young people who were very intelligent. They had a message. They were articulate."
On Sunday, Bravo released a statement following demonstrations across the country in the wake of George Floyd's death last month.
"Bravo stands in solidarity with the Black community against systemic racism and oppression experienced every day in America," the network said in a statement on May 31. "We owe it to our Black staff, talent, production partners & viewers to demand change and accountability. To be silent is to be complicit. #BlackLivesMatter."
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