EXCLUSIVE: ‘Real Housewives Of Potomac’ Star Gizelle Bryant Opens Up About Racial Identity #RHOP

Posted on Apr 17 2016 - 11:20am by Editor

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The Real Housewives of Potomac season one reunion wraps tonight and all season long the ladies get into heated fights about a hot topic — racial identity.

During the season one finale, tensions between cast members, Gizelle Bryant and Katie Rost, came to a head following a fiery debate over Katie identifying as biracial. Katie, whose mother is African-American and father is Jewish, has had friction over the fact that she refers to herself as biracial, not black. Gizelle called Katie out on her perceived racial identity confusion many times throughout the season.

All About the Tea had the pleasure to speak exclusively with Gizelle Bryant to get her reaction to the season’s politicized issue and asked would she do anything differently.

“I wouldn’t necessarily change anything,” Bryant tells All About the Tea.

Bryant continues: “My perspective is—whatever you are— be proud of what you are. If you’re purple— be proud of being purple. Because that’s how I was raised. I thought that Katie was not being proud of the black she is and that’s where all of that came from.” 

Have the ladies moved past their racial identity squabbles? According to Gizelle, if she’s included in Season 2, the ladies would finally put the issue to rest and move on.

“We’ve cleared it up and moved past it”

What makes the daughter of a civil rights activists, Curtis Graves, so passionate about the race topic. 

“I respect what all people are, whether you’re orange, yellow or blue. I respect that. Just be proud of your background, your family and your history, that’s so important to who you are as a person and how you relate to other people.” 

Gizelle comes from a prominent political family. Her father, Curtis Graves, served as a member of the Texas House of Representatives from 1967 to 1973, the first African-American person to have that post since 1899. Graves spent many years fighting for civil rights, alongside the greats of Martin Luther King, Jr. Bryant tells All About the Tea,

“My parents have instilled in me, whatever you do, be proud of who you are and teach that to your children so they can teach their children.”

Political Pioneer. Civil Rights Legend. My Dad❤️. #family #prouddaughter #coolcurt

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Gizelle shared that the sensitive subject of race being discussed on reality TV was not received well by all viewers but she’s happy she had an opportunity, “to go there.”

“Some people didn’t want to go there.” Bryant adds, “I’m happy that we did have an opportunity to go there, however, by no means is the ‘Housewives’ platform—the platform for race relations. But we did touch on it and it’s a hot topic in this country, so we really can’t hide from it. We’re happy we were able to expose it to the degree we did.”

Part 2 of The Real Housewives of Potomac reunion airs Sunday, April 17 at 8:00 pm ET on Bravo.

Additionally, the entire first season of The Real Housewives of Potomac will be available for people to catch-up on via Xfinity during Watchathon week, which begins Monday, April 18. Don’t miss it!

 

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  • Ronnie

    These ladies sent some confusing mixed messages about racial identity and I am not sure if it was doing anyone any favors. Why shouldn’t you embrace all aspects of your racial make up if you want to? Sure we know how some mixed race people have white blood but we cannot assume that it is true in all cases. We cannot forget the past and the struggles to gain any advancements we have achieved but to force everyone to deny their non-Black make up is not healthy either. The one drop rule came about out deep hatred and people should be allowed to embrace themselves as they see fit, not as someone else decide for hem. Robin saying a negative behavior is a white thing that can be seen as wrong or can be seen as just a harmless joke. Having said that, if a white person had made a generalization like that, regardless how innocuous, the blogs and social media would be going crazy. I believe walking on egg shells for every silly thing is exhausting but I also think the playing field should be leveled. You can’t have it both ways – you cant make “a little joke” when you perpetuate negative white stereotypes yet be bent out of shape if the same is done to you, a Black person.

    • Contessa Bel Raven

      I agree. I have seen so much racism perpetuated by the black community towards mixed race and non-blacks yet that is often overlooked . I personally think people are people and that we are all part of the human race. We just come in different shades. Everything has become so politically correct yet it seems like the issues are not truly dealt with. There should be no open season on anyone.We need to learn to help hold each other up instead of tearing each other down. There is good in every shade just as there are bad in every shade. Be proud of who you are but also let others be proud of who they are.

      • Ronnie

        I agree with everything word you said.

    • BriannaG

      ITA, Ronnie. Katie annoyed me to no end. But so did Giselle and Robyn. I never bought their explanation that they were “just asking questions”. They were making racial comment, very negative and offensive. They should own it.

      And yes, we ALL have mixed background. White people are not the same either, some of us have lighter skin, some have darker. We have mixed background from different nationalities, and even races. So do black people. What’s wrong in admitting it? It doesn’t make them less black, or less of anything.
      This argument is getting too old.

      • Ronnie

        I agree with you about Katie too. Interestinglyrics it seems she wanted to be anything but Black. I hope soon all of this nonsense will go away. Race and skin color does not a person make.

        • BriannaG

          I don’t get her being bi-racial obsession either. It’s not a separate race, it’s also ethnic background, just like the mixed one.
          What worries me is that she may cause a lot of problems for her kids in the future, if they decide to identify themselves as black.
          In the next preview Katie screamed at Giselle (?) ” my kids don’t look black”. Well, they do, and so does Katie. I can’t put my finger on it yet, but something about Katie really worries me.

          • Ronnie

            Yes, she may cause them confusion. She can teach to embrace all aspects of themselves but also teach them that in this country if they are mixed with Black they are classified as Black. It can be done without stressing out the poor kids.

          • Agree 100%.

      • Perturbed

        At first I thought Gizelle & Robyn seemed like cool, down-to-earth women. But then it became apparent that they harbor a lot of hostility towards white people. After the 4th or 5th racial slur about “oh that must be something WHITE people do”, I tuned out. I can’t believe that is
        tolerated on national television in 2016! Also, none of these women seem to have anything NICE to say about anyone, except themselves. Ashley was the one exception – she was the most intelligent and open-minded out of the group, imo. Overall, I’m very surprised it was renewed. Watching women with appalling manners & taste constantly belittling each other is not entertaining to me. Karen thinking she is Emily Post is just laughable!

  • CNN

    Great interview, Tea. I applaud Gizelle for calling out Katie’s self hate of her blackness. Katie is the one overly obsessed with race because she doesn’t look bi-racial.

  • itsjustme

    Let me preface this by saying I haven’t watch this show at all. What is wrong with considering yourself as biracial? Isn’t she suppose to be proud of both sides? Not just her black side? Is sounds to me this woman Giselle wants her only to acknowledge and be proud of her African American heritage and only identify herself as such.

    • Marsbars09

      I wonder if Gizelle and Robin got grief growing up due to their features? Maybe that’s why they are so insistent of recognizing their Black heritage. On the contrary, Katie doesn’t look bi-racial to me at all. To me she’s more focused on embracing Jewish traditions. Nothing wrong with that, but she needs to recognize what she IS as well.

      • BOOM!

      • UndergroundExpress

        ITA. I was thinking back in the day how white slave masters would mate with black slave women. And the resulting mixed, biracial, children were still considered black slaves.

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  • I see a little bit of fault in everyone when it comes to race on this cast.

    I totally agree with Gizelle on one hand. Whatever your lineage is, be proud of who you are. That’s something I never got with the likes of Katie. I grew up listening to the one drop rule too, but if you are biracial, you are biracial, and nothing will change that. With Katie, until the reunion, it seemed as if she only heavily embraced one side over the other, and it’s apparent to me that she might have some internal issues with identity going on. It seemed as if when she wasn’t talking about how many white, Jewish men she’s into to, she was very uncomfortable talking about race, lineage, and racial makeup, when it comes across on TV that her being biracial fuels her entire lifestyle. I never got that. You can’t have it both ways.

    But at the same time, Gizelle and Robyn, love them and all, but they just didn’t know when to quit. It kinda did make it seem as if they were questioning “how black” Katie was at times. Ya’ll are cast members, sure, and race should be an open-topic in 2016; I can’t stand when people say that race doesn’t matter anymore when it clearly does, but at the same time, know when to reel it back in girls. Talk about sports, the weather, something.

  • Toxicgranny2-I’M BAAACK

    Who really cares about what race these old bags identify with. They all look like ageing Vegas showgirls, layering tons of make-up and wearing Forever 21 ‘couture’ dresses, flapping their gums about etiquette and class. If a classy woman (bi-racial or not) wandered into one of their second rate ‘fund raisers’ at their any of tacky houses with decor by Target and kitchens decorated by Home Depot, they would high-tail it outta there real quick.

  • Lila

    I like Gizelle because when she’s wrong, she owns it. And though I don’t always agree with her, I think she’s the most real the most outspoken of all the ladies.

  • fred

    Gizelly doesn’t act proud,she act’s mean