Sunday night’s episode of Bravo’s Real Housewives of Atlanta turned into a mini history lesson as it was revealed that cast member Porsha Williams didn’t quite understand the concept of the Underground Railroad. She thought it was a real physical train.
Kenya Moore took to her blog and blasted Porsha for her lack of black history knowledge.
“When Porsha was perplexed at how the train operated or ‘who went down there first to make room because they didn’t have electric trains like we do now,’ I became incensed… It was crystal clear that Porsha did not know that the Underground Railroad was not a literal train!”
During the episode, Porsha was puzzled when a tour guide on a Freedom Trail tour in Savannah showed the group ventilation holes on a church floor, explaining where “people crawled under to escape slavery.”
She didn’t quite grasp the concept….
“There has to be an opening for the railroad at some point,” she said. “Somebody is driving the train. It’s not electric like what we have now.”
Because Stewart’s late grandfather, Hosea Williams, was a prominent civil rights activist in Atlanta, Porsha’s naivety deeply offended Moore.
“Porsha is an embarrassment to her grandfather, his legacy, her family, and most importantly, herself.
“It’s easy to laugh and call her dumb, but the reality is even more painful – WE have failed her. Our educational system has failed her, anyone who coddled her or encouraged her to focus on her makeup, weave, and shoes to find a man to take care of her rather than her education has failed her. Anyone laughing at this gross ignorance has failed her,” Moore concluded.
Do you agree with Kenya?
Watch Porsha’s Underground Railroad confusion unfold below