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Civil rights group ColorOfChange has a bone to pick with Bravo and the producers of the Real Housewives of Atlanta. 

ColorOfChange was concerned about the level of violence displayed on Sunday’s The Real Housewives of Atlanta reunion, which involved Kenya Moore and Porsha Williams get into a fight.

“After weeks of promoting the RHOA reunion altercation, on Sunday executive producer Andy Cohen finally condemned the violent behavior of cast members — completely ignoring the staged hostile environment that provoked the altercation and the troubling pattern of violent, stereotypical portrayals of Black people across many of Bravo’s Black reality franchises,” reads the statement, obtained exclusively by The Hollywood Reporter.

“We’ve been in contact with NBCUniversal last week verbally and shared concerns in writing — specifically about this Real Housewives of Atlanta confrontation that was coming up,” Arisha Hatch, campaign director at ColorOfChange, told THR.

The group doesn’t want to see the show cancelled but would like polices put in place that prohibit an excessive physical confrontations.

Read the full statement from ColorOfChange below.

From the Real Housewives of Atlanta reunion to the second season of Married to Medicine, the physical violence displayed during Bravo’s Sunday primetime lineup was deeply alarming. After weeks of promoting the RHOA reunion altercation, on Sunday executive producer Andy Cohen finally condemned the violent behavior of cast members — completely ignoring the staged hostile environment that provoked the altercation and the troubling pattern of violent, stereotypical portrayals of Black people across many of Bravo’s Black reality franchises.

“Research shows that dehumanizing portrayals of Black people on television lead to real-world consequences for Black folks — influencing how we are treated by doctors, judges, teachers and lawmakers. No matter how entertaining, this should be the last fight between Black women that Bravo profits from.”

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  • Brad Ray

    I didn’t need research to show how dehumanizing potrayals effect black people and especially black woman and girls.

    I have learned that first hand after seeing the way my daughters are and were viewed in highschool by the administration. They expect them to behave the same way as these rachett woman on these shows.

    • Michelle

      WTH?!
      I am going to assume that the majority of the administration staff were not Black.

    • Brad Ray

      You got it…

    • KamJos

      Black people in general start to see Black women and girls in this light. That’s why I hate when this topic comes up and people start talking about “respectability politics”. It’s not about them it’s about us. There should be no reason why a grown adult woman should be involved in physical fighting unless she’s a professional boxer or wrestler. It’s incredibly immature.

    • vintage3000

      I don’t even have kids, and I can’t imagine how infuriating it must be to have adults viewing my child as a hoodrat just because of skin color. And there are Black people who do this stereotyping as well.

    • ALM247

      It shows the low comprehension levels of any administrator who would stereotype an entire race/gender intersection of people based on a few reality shows.

      Those administrators don’t truly believe that your daughters are like these reality stars.

      The administrators are just using those stereotypes as excuses to treat African American girls harshly and to punish them harshly.

    • Brad Ray

      Very true and I am always sure to talk to them about just that. There punishments for misbehavior will be more harsh than any of those little precious white girls doing the same and more.

  • ALM247

    “The group doesn’t want to see the show cancelled but would like polices put in place that prohibit an excessive physical confrontations”.

    So the people at Color of Change are fans of the show, since they don’t want the show cancelled.

    “Policies” are not going to prevent the laying on of hands. If “policies” were that powerful, assault charges wouldn’t exist.

    So Color of Change doesn’t mind them arguing, cursing and calling each other every four letter word in the book?

    How are they going to pick and choose certain elements to be offended by?

  • G

    This show is a disgrace! I admire Color of Change for taking a stand.

    As we all know this is the most successful show in the housewives franchise. And why is that you may ask? Because these HOODRATS (I refuse to call them women, and the word lady never enters my mind) portray every horrible stereotype (which I am sure the producers, at this point don’t even have to egg them on) are more than happy with as they and Bravo make a great deal of money from such demeaning foolishness!

  • Sistahsecret

    I hope all reality tv that involves black women get canceled. They are pressured and desperate for ratings and to stay on tv for the large lumps of income. I have not watched tv in three years. When I did three months ago and saw my first reality show I told the girl doing my hair to turn this OFF! I was so scared and wanted to cry (being honest) I didn’t know black women were now doing this to themselves on tv. I was afraid and would run for the hills if I saw any of these women,so I can only imagine what other races who think tv speaks on the behalf of us could be thinking now.
    I can see where this can harm young and old black women self esteem if they are shy, or smart and friendly get stereotyped because of things like this.

  • KamJos

    Andy Cohen is no friend of Black people. I wish people would realize this.