Kandi Burruss got emotional recalling how she had to talk to son Ace, 4, about police brutality after he dressed up as a policeman for school career day

By Ally Mauch
June 11, 2020 02:12 PM
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Kandi Burruss opened up about the emotional conversations she has had to have with her children about police brutality during her latest appearance on Watch What Happens Live.

The Real Housewives of Atlanta star, 44, shares a 6-month-old daughter, Blaze, and a 4-year-old son, Ace Wells, with husband Todd Tucker. They also have two children from previous relationships: Kandi's daughter Riley, 17, and Tucker's daughter Kaela, 23.

On WWHL Wednesday, Burruss described the particularly difficult conversation she and Tucker had to recently have with Ace amid the current protests against police brutality and racial injustice. The demonstrations have taken place across the world in response to George Floyd's May 25 death at the hands of Minneapolis police.

"My son Ace, who's 4, he was a policeman on career day," she shared with host Andy Cohen. "So when my husband, Todd, was trying to explain to him what was going on and why everybody was so upset and what was happening with the police, Ace was confused. He was like, 'So the police are the bad guys?' "

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Kandi Burruss and Todd Tucker with their son Ace
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"Now isn't that crazy?" Burruss continued, tearing up. "To have to explain that to a 4-year-old — for you to be black and have to worry about the police being the bad guys."

"I know y'all say I cry all the time but that's an emotional thing for me," said the reigning Masked Singer champ, addressing Cohen, 52. "And Andy, I know you care about us, but you don't have to think about that."

"That's something that we have to think about for our sons," she told the host, who's dad to 16-month-old son Benjamin Allen.

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The reality star and mother of three also shared how her oldest child, Riley, reacted to the current movement.

Riley, whom Burruss said attends a primarily white school, used social media as a tool to see who among her classmates was speaking up in support of Black Lives Matter.

"She was like, 'Okay, I am unfollowing every single friend or person that is non-black that is not speaking up, who's not showing that they are an ally with our community,' " Burruss said. "And she seriously did."

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  • ColorofChange.org works to make government more responsive to racial disparities.
  • National Cares Mentoring Movement (caresmentoring.org) provides social and academic support to help black youth succeed in college and beyond.