28 September 2016
Former World Number One Tennis player, Serena Williams, on Tuesday took to Facebook to express her fear, especially for her 18-year-old nephew, following the recent surge in the shooting of Black Americans by Police officers.
Days before Serena Williams’ Facebook post, two African American men, Keith Lamont Scott and Terence Crutcher were shot dead by police in Charlotte and Tulsa respectively.
In her post that is drawn from a recent personal experience, Serena made it clear that the reason she fears for her nephew’s life is because he’s black.
Serena’s post reads:
“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 a cop on the side of the road.
I quickly checked to see if he was obliging by the speed limit. Then 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 are 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 realised we must stride on – for it’s not how far we have come, but how much further still we have to go.
I then wondered that 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.”
That is such a candid and powerful statement from Serena Williams, being a black woman herself.
This is not the first time Serena is speaking up about police brutality and gun violence. She did in October 2015 when she offered support to the Black Lives Matter movement.
Serena’s post has been shared 17,590 times with over 105,000 likes while over 2,700 people have commented.