Porsha Williams is reflecting on her first experience with racism.
The Real Housewives of Atlanta star, 38, recalled on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen on Monday that she was attacked by the Klu Klux Klan at just 6 years old while attending a protest with her grandfather, civil rights leader Hosea Williams.
"I was about 6 years old when I went to my first march," Williams said. "It was here in Forsyth County, Georgia, and I was excited to go, of course as a little kid, you finally get to go to work with your granddad, you hear he's doing all this stuff. We get out there and I'm excited, again, innocent, singing the songs, ‘We Shall Overcome," etc."
The Bravo star told Cohen that she was "smacked in the face with racism" when the KKK arrived at the protest.
"We came across Klu Klux Klan, and they decided to protest our protest," she recalled. "They threw rocks at us, I actually got hit with one. They chased us all the way back to the buses, because we had busloads of people with us. They called us the n-word and any other thing the KKK would be calling us."
Last week, Williams was among the thousands of protestors in Atlanta demanding change in the wake of George Floyd's death while in Minneapolis police custody. During the protest, Williams, along with other peaceful protests, was hit with tear gas fired off by the police.
"It was devastating to feel like I was out there trying to stand with my people, stand with our allies, and help them raise a message of hope and to be silenced and not able to breathe because of the gas bomb that was thrown," she said.
Williams said the experience gave her "another level of strength" to continue protesting.
"It won't stop. Anybody who is out there now and they feel like they can't move forward because of the mistreatment [by] the police and what they're doing to us … I would say to them, stay focused on the cause," she said. "We are looking to get justice for George Floyd.
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