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'RHOC' Star Braunwyn Windham-Burke Explains Why She's So Passionate About The Black Lives Matter Movement

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By Lindsay Cronin

Braunwyn Windham-Burke appeared on the "Race in America: A Movement Not a Moment" special on Bravo on Sunday night, August 9, and during the episode, the "Real Housewives of Orange County" cast member said that after the tragic killing of George Floyd, who died in police custody in May, she knew she and her family, including her husband Sean Burke and their seven kids, had to step up as a allies for those who have experienced and continued to experience injustices.

Braunwyn Windham-Burke Was Prompted To Change Her Priorities Amid Quarantine

Braunwyn Windham-Burke hangs with two friends.
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"I think, for me, with our family it was the first time in our lives we've all been together. And I've been with my older children and younger children, and we had the time to watch it as a family and talk about it," she said, via Bravo's The Daily Dish, of how self-quarantining with her family opened her eyes to injustices. "And we're so busy most of the time rushing around our own lives, that's it's been easy to tune things out that didn't affect us. And we couldn't tune this out, and we were forced to take a moment and say, 'What just happened? Why didn't I notice this before?'"

Braunwyn Windham-Burke Has Lost Friends Due To Her Stance

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After educating herself on the injustices and racism issues in the country and around the world, Braunwyn began using her social media presence to spread the word to others about the Black Lives Matter movement while also attending several protests around Southern California.

Unfortunately, she's faced backlash from people in her town.

"I have [felt backlash] in my own town. I come from a very conservative, very Republican, very antiquated area," she explained. "Newport Beach is 90 percent white and I've lost friendships."

Braunwyn Windham-Burke's Friends Didn't Like How She Was Going About Making A Change

Braunwyn Windham-Burke poses in a black dress in Miami.
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While Braunwyn may be taking a stance for change, not everyone agrees with the way in which she's done so.

"I've lost three really close friends because they thought that my way of advocating and trying to be an ally wasn't correct. They thought I should be nicer and that we needed to be polite, that you can't protest, and you can't mark up buildings, and that's not the right way to do things," Braunwyn explained. "And my response being, we don't get to decide the right way to do anything. This isn't about us. Our job is to support and not speak over. Our job is to listen and learn right now."

Braunwyn Windham-Burke Has Gained And Lost Followers On Social Media

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"I mean personally, I gained and lost a lot of followers on social media. I think about 30,000. I think the demographics changed. I went from being a very passive Housewife 'cause I didn't want to rock the boat. To saying, you know what? I can't be quiet anymore," Braunwyn added. "This is who I am, like it or not."

"The Real Housewives of Orange County" cast is expected to return to Bravo later this year or early next year for the 15th season of their show.

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