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Ouch: Porsha Stewart Actually Thought the Underground Railroad Was a Real Train

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The world has become one where flash outweighs substance and this is what you get.  Porsha Stewart has just embarrassed herself big time when asked a critical question about an important part of black history.

The star of Real Housewives of Atlanta actually stated that she thought the Underground Railroad was an actual train.  Yes, she did say this.

Even worse is that Porsha’s grandfather is respected civil rights leader Hosea Williams, so she should certainly know better.

The revelation of Porsha’s lack of historical education came during a trip to the Freedom Trail tour in Savannah, Ga.  During this trip, the group visited a church that was part of the Underground Railroad.  The railroad was a network of people and locations that helped slaves escape the south to freedom during the 1800s.

The person giving the tour told the group that the holes in the wall were used for air by those who were in the crawl space underneath the building. That’s when Porsha made a remark that might officially make her the saddest star of reality TV for 2013.

“Well there has to be an opening for the railroad at some point because somebody’s driving the train,” she said.

“It’s not electric like what we have now.”

That’s when Phaedra Parks jumped in to try to help her out.  Everyone was kind of shocked by Porsha’s remark.

“It wasn’t a train, baby,” Phaedra Parks said. “That was just a euphemism, baby.”

The other housewives were not so nice as they explained that it was sad to see someone be that misinformed about a simple concept of black history.

“Really, like really? You actually thought there was an actual train that took them through,” Cynthia Bailey said to the camera later on.

“It’s almost hurtful to watch her be so dumb,” said Kenya Moore.

Kenya kept on digging, stating that Porsha is an embarrassment to her family and herself.

“When Porsha was perplexed at how the train operated or ‘who went down there first to make room because they didn’t have electric trains like we do now,’ I became incensed… It was crystal clear that Porsha did not know that the Underground Railroad was not a literal train!” wrote Kenya.

“Porsha is an embarrassment to her grandfather, his legacy, her family, and most importantly, herself.”

Maybe Porsha is just a product of our public school system.  She might unfortunately be representing a lot of people.

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  1. John Luther

    December 24, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    I am Black, went to Public School, I am younger than this woman, I do not have a civil rights figure in my direct family, and yet I STILL know what the Underground Railroad was. This is a problem with THIS woman. You can’t blame Public School since EVERYONE ELSE knew what it was.

  2. Carolyn J. Bailey

    December 24, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    I’m embarrassed for her!! …… she has physical beauty but no substance at all ……. just a sad state of affairs!! Smh!

    • Bro J.

      December 26, 2013 at 12:37 am

      Thats what Im saying.. See, it wasn’t just not knowing or understanding, knowing when to shut up is also a level of intelligence.. The lesson: Running your mouth all the time gets you attention good and bad, if you want the stage, be sure to know what your talking about..

    • me112233

      December 26, 2013 at 7:08 pm

      Well now, her “beauty” is painted on and/or faked. But I guess a lot of people find that attractive these days.

  3. Hilbert Sandifer

    December 25, 2013 at 2:23 am

    “Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting” .
    My taught me “if you don’t know don’t say nothing”

    • cj

      December 25, 2013 at 12:23 pm

      Correct, IF you don’t know, and that is the sad part …she thought she knew. This should not be blamed on the public school system. When children start kindergarten THE PARENT/S prepares them and TEACHES them AT HOME.

      Instead of Portia hiring a stylist and buying a pair of 3K shoes; she neeeds to buy a $20 book on black history. I just don’t get how you can be in the bloodline of a civil rights figure and not know about this -it is sad and crazy. Portia if they were throeing rocks at you in the 80’s then somebody would have got their ass beat. Ok

  4. Betty Wallace

    December 25, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    Education is key and college is over-rated. The thought of Porsha one day being a mother scares me. This is the kind of ignorance we need to wipe out.

  5. R James Ferguson

    December 25, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    Never watched real housewives, because I see it as a group of dumb ladies acting silly. Thanks Porsha, I know now that I will never watch that show and encourage everyone that I know to not watch it. Posting on Face Book. A real train. How dumb can you be?

  6. George

    December 25, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    Wow that is really sad. A mind is a terrible thing to waste. She probably thinks Dolemite was a real pimp.

  7. Donna

    December 25, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    Can someone confirm if Portia is a dropout. Last season she had a problem with BASIC math.She also talks loud and really doesn’t communicate well,but she has no problem dressing and making sure she has good weave.

    • cj

      December 25, 2013 at 1:35 pm

      I think she has already confirmed it.

  8. ericaf

    December 25, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    I don’t know why people are surprised, when she was first introduced on the show, she said 265 days in the year instead of 365. She was born privileged and was married to a man with money so I guess she didn’t need to have brains just beauty. The typical trophy wife. I was not born in the USA but I know a few things about black history and not only information from black history month(I learn new things then also) Maybe black history needs to be incorporated more into the curriculum to reach more young people so up and coming ” celebrities” wont be an embarrassment to the race going forward.

    • cj

      December 25, 2013 at 1:33 pm

      In addition to the “265 days in a year” statement, on their Vegas trip, when she was talking about her controlling husband letting her go…she said I’m proud of him…to let me go from Cali to LA….OMG…hello I was born and raised in LA and last time I checked it is still on Cali. Wait let me check my driver’s license…WAIT…WAIT….YES, IT IS as Nene would say bloop.

      • Satchel

        December 25, 2013 at 8:40 pm

        Try asking the first random 10 black people of Porsha’s generation and then criticize Porsha, if see any different from her piers.

        • ericaf

          December 26, 2013 at 12:51 pm

          Peers(equals)not piers(associated with water) I hope you are not from her generation. By the way pear ( fruit) all sound the same, just different spellings . No shade, just education:-)

  9. Herman Hawkins Jr.

    December 25, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    This is what you get with the garbage known as reality TV. If she had never married Kordell Stewart or been on that show, no one would have ever heard of her, and for the better. This garbage ought to be eradicated so we won’t have to hear of people like Portia Stewart.

    • Donna

      December 25, 2013 at 6:07 pm


  10. teejay

    December 25, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    The moment was awkward (esp. for Portia). Hopefully this will be a learning moment for her and she’ll become more knowledgeable. In all fairness we’re all ignorant of something that we SHOULD know (but thankfully most folks are NOT putting themselves on blast on “reality” tv).

    • Bro J.

      December 25, 2013 at 11:34 pm

      TeeJay, you are right, everyone has gone through some of that, but there is absolutely NO excuse for this level of ignorance. She has fighters for “civil rights” in her family. She should have her feelings hurt, crushed, smashed until she breaks down in tears. The Black community should go in on her every chance they get, make an example out of her in front of others to encourage all shallow people get their acts together. Its not enough to be cute, your suppose to be representing your people as well as yourself. How in the hell could she not know something like that unless she was one of those self-centered prissy little girls ignoring all that went on, and that was talked about right around her.

      All these fools out here verbally murdered “lil Gabby” (the Olympic Gymnast) over not having a stupid perm in her hair for her 1st couple of interviews after winning,, over a hair style. They pounded her for days in the social media for 24rs a day upsetting this little girl until she put a weave in. Never mind her achievements and accomplishments, how influential she is to black youths, none of that was important, only, “why she dont have a weave” was the only main concern. So if these people can go in on a little girl for something like that, I feel they should be more outraged by Porsha’s ignorance and give her some of that fury….. Trust me, she wont let anything like that happen again if shes reminded enough….. Just sayin….

  11. Ed Morris

    December 25, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    Mr. Moore and Ms. Martin, I feel you, however, I choose to find the source of Ms. Stewart’s lack of knowledge, rather than criticizing her… Simply because Mr. Hosea Williams was her grandfather does not mean he she was given a history lesson by him. He was busy making history, with Dr. King. We mmake assumptions, however, things aren’t always as they appear… Young people have a tendency to feel a bit overwhelmed when they feel they’re under attack, especially by members of their own race. I prefer to analyze, rather than criticize… I’m 56 years old, grew up in the Englewood section of Chicago, and was told by family members, I’d never amount to anything… Well, I had a rather successful career (20 years) as a journalist, and was able to guide young, black people, in the “right” direction. I had to exercise patience, and it worked the majority of the time.

    • Bro J.

      December 25, 2013 at 11:45 pm

      Sorry, people can make all the terrible excuses they want to defend her, but thats inexcusable… Even white kids know details about the Underground Rail Road… (And this is coming from someone that likes her a lot..)

  12. Steve

    December 25, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    I would just like to know where she grew up and how far she went in school.

  13. Harold

    December 25, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    Kordell fans have led you all to bash this woman so badly. We all know people who are not well versed with black history or geography.

    • Andre matthews

      December 27, 2013 at 1:37 pm

      Her lack of historical and global awareness is may be one of many things TT hat turned her husband off .

  14. Ann G.

    December 25, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    I saw this show, my husband and I had a discussion about weather this is the result of Black children and young adults not knowing their Black History. Most young folks today have no idear how our lives came about, the parents never sit down and discuss this although you would think Porsha would have an idea considering who her grandfather was and she plays on this so much. This child is just going thru the motions of life dumber than a rock! Porsha someone needs to tell you that you cannot live on your beauty, you must have brains to go along with it. Maybe her husband found this out and kicked her out!

    • Bro J.

      December 25, 2013 at 11:39 pm

      You know thats exactly what happened… Too dumb to put up with. All the beauty in the world but will embarrass you every time she speaks… SMH…

  15. Concerned citizen

    December 25, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    The media wants to portray the ignorant side of people because that makes the ratings go up. She is just a pawn in a bigger scheme. The media will use the next person also. We as a people must not fall for these people that they build up as idols because they are willing to do anything to make a living including selling there souls. Who ever can be the most ignorant, dirtiest, back stabber on tv, will be pushed to the front as a example of what Black women look like. Just don’t support the show and it will go off air. But who am I fooling, millions of people like it. They like to belittle people and bring them down. I’m not a fan.

  16. Carolyn M.

    December 25, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    Frank “BigHurt” Thomas didn’t know who Jackie Robinson was. Portia is an example of many of these young people. Her having a famous civil rights icon grandpa does not make her know history.This basic info is covered during the entire month of February each year and throughout the year. I am positive that Portia is not embarrassed.

  17. J. David Duckett

    December 25, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    It is shameful to say, but I know quite a few young people that fall into the category of this young lady.
    I try to encourage some to watch programs that will increse their knowledge of the world around them.
    I expose them to biographies and to books by people like Ny’im Akbar, but they will not read.
    I believe that there are things in society that purposefully dumb people down. Perhaps like in the 60’s , the fight, the militancy was systematically taken out of our struggle.
    Just thinking.

  18. wanda

    December 25, 2013 at 10:15 pm

    As far as I’m concerned, she’s just one of this micro chip generation that really doesn’t know black American history or history for that matter. She may have had a relative involved in the Civil Rights movement, but that means very little, if no one bothered to sit down and really explain what was going on or if she was shielded from it. People don’t learn by osmosis. They have to be in on the process or else it fails. But she’s not alone. Far too many of our black youngsters know little to nothing about our history. The only difference is, they’re not on reality television exposing their ignorance.


    December 26, 2013 at 3:36 am

    This is sad bro. Truly sad. Not too long ago I wrote in a blog discussing how assimilation has watered down or diminished and dummied down the black race as a people. Here is a shining example of what I was getting at. The assimilation of black people with white people has left the offspring of that assimilation lost with no real or true sense or understanding of self-worth or who they are as a people. You mix or assimilate black with white you get a murky grey middle. Porche, bless her heart is hopelessly caught in that murky grey middle. Lost and lacking in cultural value or substance. If her parents and grandparents did not teach her anything else they should have at least taught her that silence is golden, and it is better to be thought a dummy than to open your mouth and have all doubt removed. Poor thing I guess stupid really is as stupid does. May GOD help her.

  20. What

    December 26, 2013 at 3:40 am

    Wow you people are harsh!!!

  21. Kookie

    December 26, 2013 at 6:56 am

    I agree Charles. The show is a total waste of my time.

  22. Joyce

    December 26, 2013 at 10:03 am

    Getting rid of Black/African American history was strategic for the fact if Black can become dumb to their history, becoming more Caucasian they do not go to jail.

    Porcha is the prime example of ignorance, but she fails to understand that her unearned wealth is temporary. Kordell Stewart finally sees that love had nothing to do with their marriage, money did. She is tragic and those like her that live for the moment, greed, and SELF GAIN.

    I pity her stupidity. FOX New ran with her comment letting the world know how ignorant many Black have become.

  23. Joyce

    December 26, 2013 at 10:12 am

    Porsha’s grandfather she took nothing after: Hosea Lorenzo Williams – s civil rights leader, ordained minister, businessman, philanthropist, scientist, and politician. He may be best known as a trusted member of fellow famed civil rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Martin Luther King, Jr.’s inner circle. Under the banner of their flagship organization, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, King depended on Williams to organize and stir masses of people into nonviolent direct action in the myriad of protest campaigns they waged against racial, political, economic, and social injustice. King alternately referred to Williams, his chief field lieutenant, as his “bull in a china closet” and his “Castro”.

  24. marcus davis

    December 26, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    Talk about being dumber than than a post ,thats scandalous

  25. Randy Taylor

    December 26, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    Indeed, Porsha Steward is an embarrassment to Black History. She does have a brain maybe it has been deprived of the lessons of Black History or filled with the common foolishness of Hollywood. I highly recommend that she reads, “Black History For Beginners” by Denise Dennis. All y’all out there in internet land, help me get copy of this book to Porsha and ALL the cast on The Real Housewife’s of Atlanta, they can ALL use it!!! When they get a copy we can all ask them how they liked the book, and what did they like about it…Get To Reading!!!

  26. Adrienne Whitner

    December 26, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    Additionally, I’m concerned that Phaedra called the use of the term Underground Railroad a euphemism,
    And no one caught that.
    A euphemism is
    a mild or indirect word or expression substituted for one considered to be too harsh or blunt when referring to something unpleasant or embarrassing.
    ““downsizing” as a euphemism for cuts”
    synonyms: polite term, indirect term, circumlocution, substitute,

  27. Jack

    December 27, 2013 at 11:30 am

    I understand what everyone is saying and agree with both sides. But the education the young folks are missing might as well be “Underground Education” as same as the Underground Railroad. The education we are talking about is not taught in schools for the most part. We need to have a way to get this education to the Black children who would benefit from knowing the greatness of Our American History!

  28. soulshadow55

    December 27, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    The internet is a wonderful thing. You know the funny thing about the world today is that if you don’t know something you can look it up on the net. I graduated in 1973 from the public schools of Washington, D.C. I knew in my heart that my education was flawed so I decided to educate myself. I went to my neighborhood library and started taking out books, which I would read on my lunch hour, at home, and on the bus. I read all of the great black thinkers of the time, as well as lots of American classics. I read everything I could get my hands on; any book I had heard mention of or was ever interested in – I read it. Being uneducated in this time is just being lazy. So much information is right at the tip of your finger. If you have a smart phone you can check out information on CNN, the Washington Post, National Geographic, any publication is right there and easily accessible. If she didn’t really know what the Underground Railroad was, it would have been better to just keep quiet and go home and read about it. Instead she made it known to the world that she’s kinda stupid. The fact that Hosea Williams is her grandfather is beside the point. Her family have been trying to shield her from all of the bad things that happened during that time. So they may have never told her what her grandfather went through during the Civil Rights Movement. Even after slavery, many slaves wanted to spare their children and grandchildren all of the horrors they went through. They never spoke of slavery – so much of what they endured has been lost because they wanted to spare us the shame and pain.

  29. godfather05

    December 27, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    We can no longer say that only blonds are dumb.

  30. t

    December 27, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    Questions I’m, pondering:

    Did she attended & graduated from some of the most affluent historical Black schools in America?

    How can she have more than most & name drop who her grandfather was whenever there’s an opportunity & not understand the struggles?

    How did her family inherit there riches?

  31. Hiroader2

    December 29, 2013 at 7:47 am

    KEY WORDS: Flash outweighs Substance…

  32. Nita

    January 2, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    If you don’t know, keep your mouth closed. Don’t just keep going on and on……

    @ Ericaf – Pier and peer does not sound the same as pear. That’s No shade, just education:-)

  33. Gwendolyn

    January 8, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    Well, well simple example no brains. The early part of the show i knew Porsha was a dumb azz. She jumped in the fire head first. Since, things went bad between her and Cordell now she wish to down him girl get a life. Then now she goes and get a house she knows damn well, she cannot afford it and you go and dive in again head first. Why, buy a house like that with just you and all those damn dogs.
    All, i can say LORD help this child. Her mother is just as dumb as she is spending all that money on some damn dogs clothes get your daughter some help. Hell, my grandbaby knew better than that a real underground trail makes me go (Hmmmmmmmmm).

    • Gwendolyn

      January 8, 2014 at 5:24 pm

      train, not trail sorry

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