Oh the humanity in black folks. I have to dive in this debauchery of the mishap embarrassment of the recent Real Housewives of Atlanta which featured Porsha Stewart. And for you fans of hers, you’re on the list! So this blogger letter will not be pretty so here goes:
Dear fans of RHOA member Porsha Stewart:
Its me Stephen. A black Sagittarius blogger out of Milwaukee that is prepared for Christmas.
Stop the embarrassment. Please stop.
What has transpired this notion of knowing your history will get you in trouble. Oh yeah, this past week, on your favorite show, one of your favorite cast mates really made a fool of herself. Porsha Stewart, its time to go back to school. And you got a whole lot of folks will be telling you otherwise. So she thought that the Underground Railroad had trains?!!!!! REALLY?!!!!! AND SHE BELIEVED THAT?!!!! Either you got to be dumb and stupid to believe that. And uneducated. This is why we need to be more engaged in our black history. Without that, we wouldn’t have a third base to call that second home. As a African-American male, not some n*gga from the hood, this lack of understanding hinders me. Oh yeah, nobody don’t want to comment or touch. Having those shrugs like its no big deal. I call BS ON THAT!!!
No big deal? Explain to me the goal of the Underground Railroad.
Explain to me in detail on how the Underground Railroad guided those of our ancestors away from being tortued and enslaved.
Explain to me, the momentum that it was used for!
And you the fans of Porsha Stewart explain that many or as some of you wouldn’t give a you know what about our black past ancestry!
Don’t worry, I’ll wait!
For the record from History.com:
The Underground Railroad was neither underground nor a railroad. It got its name because its activities had to be carried out in secret, using darkness or disguise, and because railway terms were used by those involved with system to describe how it worked. Various routes were lines, stopping places were called stations, those who aided along the way were conductors and their charges were known as packages or freight. The network of routes extended through 14 Northern states and “the promised land” of Canada–beyond the reach of fugitive-slave hunters. Those who most actively assisted slaves to escape by way of the “railroad” were members of the free black community (including former slaves like Harriet Tubman), Northern abolitionists, philanthropists and church leaders like Quaker Thomas Garrett. Harriet Beecher Stowe, famous for her novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin, gained firsthand knowledge of the plight of fugitive slaves through contacts with the Underground Railroad in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Also from History.com:
The Underground Railroad was the term used to describe a network of persons who helped escaped slaves on their way to freedom in the northern states or Canada. Although George Washington had commented upon such practices by the Quakers as early as the 1780s, the term gained currency in the 1830s, as northern abolitionists became more vocal and southern suspicions of threats to their peculiar institution grew.
The popular perception of a well-coordinated system of Quaker, Covenanter, and Methodist “conductors” secretly helping fugitives from “station” to “station” is an exaggeration. The practice involved more spontaneity than the railroad analogy suggests. By the time escapees reached areas where sympathetic persons might assist them, they had already completed the most difficult part of their journey. A successful escape was usually less the product of coordinated assistance and more a matter of the runaways’ resourcefulness–and a great deal of luck.
The most active of the Railroad workers were northern free blacks, who had little or no support from white abolitionists. The most famous “conductor,” an escaped slave named Harriet Tubman, reportedly made nineteen return trips to the South; she helped some three hundred slaves escape. A number of individual whites also aided runaways, as did “vigilance committees,” often biracial in character, in northern cities.
Estimates of the number of slaves assisted vary widely, but only a minuscule fraction of those held in bondage ever escaped. Few, particularly from the Lower South, even attempted the arduous journey north. But the idea of organized “outsiders” undermining the institution of slavery angered white southerners, leading to their demands in the 1840s that the Fugitive Slave Laws be strengthened.
That glamour I see is just a smoke screen. And that glamour will not save you. Now for those who feel I’m being well picky and mean on this topic, I’m not mean on this. I’m mean on the subject of this matter because when I hear about our black people, especially our young brothers and sisters who walk around with this “I don’t care attitude” that was picked up from their parents, you have to ask why. Why are they behaving this way? It’s us. I’ll bet when we their ages, we did the same thing, in getting away from the lessons and the constant squabbling from our parents and grandparents. Don’t want nothing to do with that. I see that. And they say, “Oh we need to teach our children more…..” Well, HELLO! We got classrooms. HAVE SOME SEATS!!!!
Just wait, people. When February comes for Black History Month, and trust me it will come, many of us will not care about the ancestry of our past. Many of us will think that it’s all propaganda and full of B.S. just trying to get us back in those books that was full of dust. Or that new app that is so cool that won’t care about the engagement. Porsha Stewart’s example of this, is a prime example of not being thoroughly educated. And I’ll bet the fans who ride along with her probably believed her. You all better ask Santa for a new format of understanding of black history through your parents or family memorabilia. Get that under the tree! She comes from a lineage of the Civil Rights Movement. One of her late relatives, Hosea Williams was an active member of the movement. He marched along with Martin Luther King, Jr, Andrew Young, Rev. James Lowery, James Bevel, and was a lighting rod of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This was Porsha’s Great Grandfather that played a key role in the era of Civil Rights!
Some say, yeah we know…Do you really?
I hear the white folks all the time, talk about their ancestors alot. They do. No matter if its Irish, German or British. Not hating. I hear the Hispanic folks talk proudly of their ancestors as well as the Hmong and others. When we black folks hear about US of what we did, we either embrace it, or just “saggin’ don’t care”. This year, marked the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington in which yes, Dr. King gave the speech, I Have A Dream. And even though that happen before I was born, we still have to dream to be better.
Yeah, fans of Porsha Stewart. Dream to be better! If we don’t, then those we are leading now, will fail. That includes me. We better get our minds right. And I don’t care if you ride along with the Real Housewives of Atlanta.
Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanzaa, belated Happy Hanukkah, and yes when 2014 gets here, do better!
- Kenya Moore Slams Porsha Stewart’s Underground Railroad Confusion, ‘Incensed’ Co-Star Says She ‘Is An Embarrassment To Her Family’ (radaronline.com)
- Real Housewives of Atlanta’s Porsha Stewart Thought the Underground Railroad Was a Real Train: Watch Now (eonline.com)
- Porsha Stewart didn’t know what the Underground Railroad was (wjla.com)
- Atlanta Housewives ‘Disgusted’ Over Porsha Stewart’s Naivety Of The Underground Railroad When She Learns Trains Weren’t Involved (radaronline.com)
- Kenya Moore: ‘We have failed’ Porsha Williams #RHOA (getmybuzzup.com)