FIRST FOOTBALL, THEN SOCCER AND NOW TENNIS…

September 28th, 2016

Julia Carrie Wong, reporting in Serena Williams speaks out against police killings: ‘I won’t be silent’ for The Guardian, writes:

Serena Williams spoke out against police killings of African Americans in a heartfelt Facebook post, writing: “As Dr Martin Luther King said ‘There comes a time when silence is betrayal’. I won’t be silent.”

The tennis champion, who is arguably the greatest sportsperson ever, wrote that she was in a car being driven by her nephew, who is black, when she saw a police car on the side of the road on Tuesday.

“I remembered that horrible video of the woman in the car when a cop shot her boyfriend,” she wrote, referencing Philando Castile, whose girlfriend broadcast the aftermath of his killing by police on Facebook Live. “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’”.

“Why did I have to think about this in 2016?” she wrote. “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.”

Williams is the latest—and perhaps the most high-profile—star to join a growing movement of black American athletes who are speaking candidly about how racism and police brutality affect their lives.

Can basketball be far behind?

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