While promoting her memoir, You Got Anything Stronger?, Gabrielle Union recently recounted a "terrifying" racist incident that she details in the book.
Union said while on a trip to Croatia, the small group she was with entered a bar in Dubrovnik, which was extremely racially hostile. She described the Jim Crow and Neo-Nazi memorabilia plastered throughout the establishment. Union said that as soon as their group decided to leave the bar, some racist patrons followed them down the street.
“I’ve never experienced that level of hatred and the threat of physical violence,” she told People. “It was such a jolt. And the fear and adrenaline of what happened left us all numb.”
“To go through every instance is to take you through every day of my life,” she continued. “There are microaggressions and there are all out assaults. That’s what it is to be a person of color in this country. We think we’re post racial but we’re not. And that is beyond disappointing. I don’t think people understand the violence that comes with racism, whether it’s if you’re being chased or you’re having to watch someone wear blackface to collect a paycheck. It’s violent.”