Serena Williams Pens Facebook Post About Police Brutality
We can call 2016 the year professional athletes no longer straddled the fence when it came to addressing social issues. Social media is a major part of this “wokeness” and awareness.
Yesterday, tennis star, Serena Williams, shared her thoughts on Facebook regarding police brutality in today’s society and how she’s scared for her 18-year-old nephew to get pulled over by police. Even though Williams is arguably the best athlete in the world, her experience with racism and discrimination in the tennis world is well-documented.
Williams tells of how she had her 18-year-old nephew, who is Black, drive her around for her meetings so she could work on her phone. While he was driving, she noticed a cop in the distance and she instantly checked to make sure her nephew was doing the speed limit. Williams writes how this moment made her remember “that horrible video” of Philando Castile being shot in front of his girlfriend.
Williams goes on to write how she felt guilty for asking her nephew to drive and could never forgive herself if something happened to him.
Williams ends her post, writing, “As Dr. Martin Luther King said ‘There comes a time when silence is betrayal.’ I Won’t Be Silent.”
Many Black people in this country can relate to Williams’ feelings when it comes to their young Black sons and daughters encountering police officers. As we’ve seen, even when you do comply, you still may not leave with your life.