Serena Williams just wrote a powerful essay about race in America
To us, Serena Williams is an actual superhero. The star gets brutally honest about things that matter like body image and the wage-gap, and she’s also the definition of #stylegoals on and off the tennis court.
The star, who is often cited as one of the greatest living athletes in the world (which is true) isn’t afraid to speak her mind and it’s part of why we love her.
Now Serena Williams has written a powerful essay about race and it’s so important.
Taking to Facebook, Serena explained how she had asked her 18-year-old nephew to drive her to work as she needed to use her phone on the journey. While he was driving, however, she spotted a cop, and the thoughts she had were pretty profound.
Serena then went on to say that, while she doesn’t believe that every person is “bad’ she does think that all it takes is one person.
Continuing, she said that in 2016 she was fed up of having to worry about these sorts of things.
Ending her statement with a quote by Martin Luther King Jr., Serena said the following.
This isn’t the first time that Serena Williams has written about race and racism.
In 2015, the tennis pro wrote an essay for Time detailing her decision to return to the Indian Wells tournament 14 years after she and her sister had racist abuse hurled at them at the event.
We love Serena for speaking out about this important issue. It’s heartbreaking that in 2016 people of color have to worry for their lives when they’re just driving to work. The fact that, as Serena says, it’s 2016 and these things are still an issue proves that something needs to change.