Porsha Williams has been standing on the front lines in support of the Black Lives Matter movement by peacefully protesting in her hometown of Atlanta. Over the past several days, “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” reality star has been documenting the marches and rallies on social media.
On Monday, June 1, Williams was filming an Instagram Live story when police started using stun grenades and tear gas during a protest. Clad in a blue shirt, a Gucci face mask, a baseball cap, and a pair of shades, the 38-year-old Williams gazed into the camera before shots were fired in the background. Williams and everyone around her started running.
At the 00:16 mark of the clip, Williams said, “It’s gas. It’s gas. Go. Go. Go. Go.” Throughout the footage, Williams could be heard running, coughing, and trying to get help from someone with milk to flush out her eyes.
The “Dish Nation” personality told the other activists that she was “good” shortly after the incident and flipped the camera back on herself. At the 3:30 mark she said, “Do ya’ll see this? We in Atlanta, 7:45, the curfew is not until 9:00.” She added, “We out here peacefully protesting and they tear gassed us for no reason at all. For absolutely no reason at all. Completely peaceful. Nobody did anything,” she said.
Williams’ video received over 240,000 views and some 1,000 comments of people urging her to be careful while she was protesting.
“Please be safe Porsha! 🙏🏽.”
“Stay safe out there Porsha, we’re with you!”
“Go home 😩.”
“My heart is heavy I just can’t watch this.”
“OMG!!! Hope you’re okay Porsha 🙏🏾❤.”
“Girl get off the front lines you’ve done your part!”
“🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾Stay Safe you’re doing a Great Service It’s In Your DNA 🧬 At Least you’re Out There unlike Others !!!!”
“Porsha be careful and stay safe sis ❤️.”
Williams, who is the granddaughter of civil rights leader Hosea Williams, and her fiancé, restaurant owner Dennis McKinley, joined forces to provide legal counsel and bail money to protesters who were arrested during peaceful protests following the death of George Floyd. Floyd died in Minneapolis on May 25 after a white police officer, who has since been fired, held his knee on his neck for several minutes.