The Real Housewives of Atlanta - Season 8

Phaedra Parks isn’t afraid of putting self-proclaimed new queen of delusion bee Kenya Moore on blast, and she spent some time in her blog this week doing just that! Right or wrong, Phaedra is still convinced that Kenya’s “fears and poor communication skills” turned a sticky situation into an all-out brawl in Miami. The Real Housewives of Atlanta lawyer also discusses her thoughts on the plight of black men – and specifically black youth – in this country, and why the Miami incident sparked conversation about deeper issues. 

Phaedra reflects on the Miami scene: “Everything happened very fast. One moment we were all having fun and in a split second things took a disastrous turn. Initially, I was shocked and stunned, but when I saw Tammy [McCall-Browning] on the ground, I sprung into EMT mode and went to help her. I took her pulse, checked her breathing, and determined she did not need CPR, so I just stayed by her side until the ambulance arrived. It could have been much worse.”


Concern about her own boys caused Phaedra to think about the situation in a different light. She explains, “The plight of African-American boys is close to my heart. Being the mother of two black sons requires me to be more aware of society’s perceptions, because I have to teach them how to appropriately conduct themselves in situations like this. While Glen’s behavior and actions were clearly unacceptable, seeing him provoked into a confrontational situation is a prime example of how a manageable incident can quickly escalate into a dangerous situation.”

Claiming that communication – or lack thereof – is at the heart of any potential volatile moment, Phaedra seems to place the blame for Glen’s outburst squarely on Kenya’s shoulders. She maintains, “Kenya’s fears and poor communication skills turned what should have simply been an uncomfortable situation into an act of violence.” 

“I got emotional because all too often young black boys are in similar situations that unexpectedly and unnecessarily turn violent and result in them either being seriously hurt or killed,” continues Phaedra, referencing her deep sympathy with the families of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown.

But what about Glen’s aggression (or perceived aggression) and toward the women, and his physical outburst? Phaedra claims, “I do not condone violence against women — I am a woman, daughter, sister, and mother — but I equally do not condone labeling or stereotyping.”

Someone Phaedra does not blame is Kim Fields – for getting the hell up out of there! She does admit in her blog, “I was disappointed in the sense I wanted to spend more time with her, and I wanted her to enjoy herself, but she needed to do what was best for her. Kim has never been around a group of women like this before, and Lord knows it can be troubling at times. What happened was upsetting, and I can’t fault anyone for doing whatever they felt was necessary for their safety and well-being.”


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