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RHOP's Katie Rost, Robyn Dixon hash out their racial differences

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RHOP brings race front and center in the season's penultimate episode

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It's always a minor miracle when a party or event on a Real Housewives episode doesn't culminate in a stunning garbage fire. On the latest episode of The Real Housewives of Potomac, Charrisse celebrated her 50th birthday with a fabulous party that, unfortunately, brought all the ladies together but somehow had no consequences for the birthday girl herself, who — luckily — had a lovely time. Karen and Ashley briefly clashed when Ashley tried to clear the air between them (big mistake) about Karen apparently not wanting her to hang out with her daughter.

Believe it or not, that's not even remotely close to the actual conflict in the episode, which began when Ashley's husband, Michael, grabbed Andrew's butt (Katie's non-fiancé). When Ashley asked Michael if he had done the butt grabbing, he denied it at first. He capitulated after Ashley told him that it wasn't a big deal if he had done it and that she just wanted to know if the other women were making it up. Michael's already been in the midst of drama this season. He seems to be a lightning rod for it, what with breaking up the girls' weekend and that other time he tried to take his pants off at Karen's party.

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Shockingly, the butt grabbing was so not even the issue. Well, it was, a little bit; Robyn and Gizelle set upon the situation and asked if Michael's butt-grabbing antics could be attributed to the fact that he's white. It was hard to tell if they were kidding, but Katie was not having it. She unleashed an uncomfortable conversation about race, during which she "accused" both Gizelle and Robyn of being biracial. Gizelle and Robyn were weirded out by the fact that Katie didn't believe them when they said they weren't actually biracial — Robyn explicitly said she had no direct white ancestors — and because Katie seemed to consider being biracial a negative thing.

At the end of the latest episode, Katie maintained that Robyn and Gizelle were "obsessed" with race and used the word racist to describe them. Please, someone, explain to Katie what racism actually is and how it works. You would be doing the world an enormous favor.

The Real Housewives of Potomac has taken on race before. In the first episode, the women went right for it with pretty frank displays of colorism (discrimination against folks with darker skin, usually among people of the same racial or ethnic group), which brought a lot of attention, mostly negative, to the show. It looks like we're back there now — just in time for next week's season finale, when Gizelle brings the women together to smooth things out/fight over an expensive meal.

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What did you think about what Gizelle and Robyn said about Michael? Do you think Katie was right to get angry? Was she over the line with her own remarks about race? Tell us in the comments!

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RHOP brings race front and center in the season's penultimate episode
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