While a couple of athletes have disappointed fans lately with their all lives matters-like rhetoric concerning police brutality (Lebron and Cam we’re looking at you), Serena Williams isn’t one of them. The woman proclaimed the “Greatest Athlete Ever” by Nike hasn’t exactly been vocal about the killings of black men and women across the country by law enforcement — despite all of the national attention she’s garnered — but all of that is about to change, she declared yesterday.
On Facebook Serena detailed a casual car ride with her nephew which turned into an eye-opening experience for the tennis pro.
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.
Instead of identifying work others can do to make the noted strides, Serena looked inward, asking herself if she’s done enough to further the cause for equality. And after deciding she had not, the 35-year-old promised to speak up going forward. She wrote:
I than (sic) 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”.
While we hope there are no new cases of police brutality for Serena to speak on, we look forward to hearing her voice added to the mix concerning the current state of the black community’s relationship with law enforcement.