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Phaedra Parks Explains Her “Hebrew Slave” Comment

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Phaedra Parks is taking to her Bravo Blog to explain her “Hebrew Slave” comment on the premiere of The Real Housewives of Atlanta. People were offended when Phaedra used the term and she writes that she understands why. Phaedra says she did not mean the comment in a derogatory or disrespectful way. She apologizes for what she said.

Phaedra writes, “What would our show be without a series of new dramas, controversies, and scandals?! I would be remiss if I did not address the comment I made during last night’s episode about “working like a Hebrew slave,” to which I understand that some people took issue. Let me first say that the statement was not in any way meant to be derogatory or disrespectful to any culture. It is a description that is commonly used in reference to the requirement of working long, merciless hours without any end in sight.

I get that we live in a culture where political correctness is expected, especially in polite company, but we also cannot divorce ourselves from our history and the references thereto that have found their way into our speech. By that I do not mean racial and cultural slurs, demeaning or degrading descriptions or other sorts of calculated and hurtful (mis)applications of language. As an African American woman and the descendant of slaves, I do not condone any form of racism or oppression. I most certainly do not take lightly our history of slavery and the battles that were fought, and won, to gain the freedoms that we now enjoy. In fact, much of that history fuels my passion for law and social justice. Nevertheless, I regret any discomfort my use of that description might have caused.”

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  • Jessi Townley

    Phaedra Is Very Quick To Jump On Kim And Call Her Racists. I Am A Jewish Woman And When Phaedra Said “Hebrew Slave” It Was The Same Thing As Using The N Word. Why Didn’t She Say African American Slave? To Me She Showed Her True Colors She Is Racists And Antisemitic. Andy Cohen Is Jewish And Phaedra’s Boss. Phaedra Showed Lack Of Respect And Complete Ignorance.I Am Very Upset And Disappointed In The Show As Well As Bravo For Allowing These Comments. If The N Word Was Used The Person Would BE Fired.

    • Anonymous

      It is acceptable for African Americans to say anything they want about Whites or Jewish people and they are not considered racialist. I am so sick of the double standards!
      The list to Boycott Bravo keeps growing! Another example would be the new show abouit the preacher… In the preview he say something the the effect of God loves Bling… Really??!! What Bible is he reading from!?!?!
      BOYCOT BRAVO UNTIL THEY CLEAN UP THEIR PROGRAM LINE-UP.

  • RHO Norm’s

    Yes I see what you guys are saying. Why does she have to use Hebrew, why can’t she just say slave. I guess different ethnicities had different tribulations. If she said Chinese railroad slaves that wouldn’t be that offensive as using black slave or Hebrew

  • joan

    She is just as uneducated as the rest of them. Come on BRAVO take out the trash!!!!

    • Brenda

      The rest of who? The Atlanta Housewives ? Not one of the Housewives franchises are better than the other. They all have street level tendencies. So if Bravo is going to start taking the trash out they better have a big bag!

  • Brenda

    Over the years I have heard quite a few offbeat comments aimed at minorities made by the other Housewives franchises in particular OC, BH and NJ and no one has ever an issue of it. So if you are going to point out one persons lack of tolerance then point them all out. Don’t be hypocrites!

  • Anonymous

    WHATEVER US BLACK PEOPLE ARE HEBREWS AND WE HAVE AND OUR STILL BEING WORKED LIKE A HEBREW SLAVE SO UNEDUCATED PPL GET A LIFE. PHAEDRA JUST KEEP GETTEN YO MONEY AND FUCK A HATER

  • Deanna

    working like a hebrew slave is a mere metaphor indicating being overworked, the n word is not the same. The n word is a racist derogatory term, ,,please we are going overboard with the political correctness. ,

  • Anonymous

    No Hebrew Slaves were Jewish people who in slaved to do work and we’re sold by non-Jewish people. It is just as racist to a Jewish person as many other slang words are to different nationalities.

  • Deanna

    It is merely a metaphor that is said to imdicate that you are being overworked.