As Porsha Williams works toward a better tomorrow in her support of the Black Lives Matter movement and speaking out against police brutality in the wake of the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, The Real Housewives of Atlanta cast member is thinking about what that future will look like for her 1-year-old daughter, Pilar Jhena McKinley, and all young people of color.
During the Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen: @ Home After Show following Part 2 of Porsha's conversation with comedian and activist W. Kamau Bell on June 9, Andy Cohen asked each of his guests what they envision the future to look like, especially considering they both have young children.
"Thinking about the future for my daughter in this moment, it makes me emotional because this is not the world I want her to grow up in," Porsha said. "I don't ever want to imagine she would have to deal with being in the home with her boyfriend, her fiancé, etc. and police coming in and lighting the home up and then them possibly trying to charge her boyfriend, the same way as Breonna Taylor. I wouldn't want her to grow up and use her voice as an activist and try to empower her people about her rights and enlighten us the same way as Sandra Bland and her being killed in the care of police."
Porsha went on to say that she is working so hard joining protests and using her platform to speak out on racial injustice to give her daughter and all the young people in her family a better life. "I really, truly am fighting this fight for my daughter's future and the people in my family, the young people in my family — this is not what we want to give them. This was given to us. This was given to us, this was put on us, not by our Black people, but by the oppressors," she shared. "But if we can all come together now, possibly she can live and have a better life than what we're dealing with now."
Kamau, who has two daughters, said he didn't have as optimistic view of the future. "It's a big question because for the first time in my life, I've had the thought of like, 'Wait, we don't have to live in America,'" he said. "There's racism all over the world, and no country is free of institutionalized oppression, structural oppression, but other countries do it differently. We don't have to stay here."
Andy said that he hopes "Porsha's more optimistic view takes hold," with which she agreed. "I'm optimistic or I wouldn't be doing the work, Andy. It's what keeps me going," Kamau said. "It's just, also, I want to see the work get done."
Porsha opened up to ET earlier this month about how George Floyd's death particularly struck a chord with her as a mother. "For me to sit there and see a black man who was completely unarmed, not resisting, laying on the ground, face on the pavement, a knee in his neck, two other officers laying on, applying pressure on the rest of his body, the amount of time that he was down, every cry that he cried out, when he asked for his mother, all of that touched me in a completely different way," she said. "I'm a mother now, God forbid, I would have to go through anything like that, to lose a child. God forbid, if I'm already gone and my child is on the ground, under the knee of a police officer who is supposed to protect and serve them, snuffing their life out with soulless eyes."
She also recently told PEOPLE how now is the time to work toward a better future for us all. "At this moment, I am fighting for humanity, my brother, my sister, my allies, my cousins, whomever you are, if you are like-minded and you are going to be on the right side of history and say no to racism, then you are my family," she said. "Just as passionate as I am about having a safe and quality future of life for my daughter, I want the same thing for any other American."
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