RHOA's Phaedra Parks Shared 'Poignant' Moment with Rayshard Brooks' Widow at Funeral

Parks said funeral-goers went on a procession through the fast food drive-thru, a moment when she said she felt "the power, the energy of [his family] being able to release the hurt that they had from that tragic incident."

The reality star attorney is mom to sons Ayden, 10, and Dylan, 7 — and she explained that she now has a "whole new sense of purpose" in raising her children.

"My children obviously saw the George Floyd incident on television and could not understand why that was happening," said Parks. "We had a really harsh discussion about it and I had to tell them the truth … you have to tell the very hard stories."

She added: "You have to make your children very aware of what goes on in the culture as far as, you know, race relations, how you might be perceived as a young Black boy."

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