Popular Female tennis player, Serena Williams has taken a firm stand against police brutality and racial inequality.
Today the tennis goddess took to her social media to reveal how she let her nephew drive her car and how apprehensive she became when they spotted a police car. He could be killed like Philando Castile, she thought, and if – God forbid it! – it happened, she would never forgive herself.
She joins the voices of millions of others in protesting against police brutality especially on black people. “I won’t be silent,” the Greatest of All Time said in her Facebook post that has sparked thousands of reactions.
Serena Williams herself is no stranger to the unfairness met out black people. At only 19, she was booed by a racist white mob at the Indian Wells game in California in 2001.
“All I could see was a sea of rich people — mostly older, mostly white — standing and booing lustily, like some kind of genteel lynch mob. I will not play there again,” Serena had said in an October 2015 interview. “I won’t go back. I will not give these people the validation. I will not stand down.”
But Serena Williams later forgave them and went back to Indian Wells in 2015.
Now, she is raising her voice against police brutality.
Read her full post:
Today I asked my 18 year old nephew (to be clear he’s black) to drive me to my meetings so I can work on my phone #safteyfirst. In the distance I saw cop on the side of the road. I quickly checked to see if he was obliging by the speed limit. Than I remembered that horrible video of the woman in the car when a cop shot her boyfriend. All of this went through my mind in a matter of seconds. I even regretted not driving myself. I would never forgive myself if something happened to my nephew. He’s so innocent. So were all “the others”
I am a total believer that not “everyone” is bad It is just the ones that are ignorant, afraid, uneducated, and insensitive that is affecting millions and millions of lives.
Why did I have to think about this in 2016? Have we not gone through enough, opened so many doors, impacted billions of lives? But I realized we must stride on- for it’s not how far we have come but how much further still we have to go.
I than wondered than have I spoken up? I had to take a look at me. What about my nephews? What if I have a son and what about my daughters?
As Dr. Martin Luther King said “ There comes a time when silence is betrayal”.