March 21, 2007

Being Serena Williams

I know that you are thinking that I look for any excuse to share photos of Serena here in the Village for prurient reasons. But, that is not the case this time! Native Son beat the drum to share news that Serena was the victim of racist comments during her tennis match earlier this week.

According to Serena, a white spectator called her the N-word.

The guy said, ‘Hit the net like any Negro would,’ ” Williams said, later explaining she had cleaned up the language for the news conference and that he actually used the N-word. “I was shocked. I couldn’t believe it. I had to do a double take. I think I hit a double fault on that point.”

You know that we live in a rough environment you cannot escape racism and racist comments even while doing your job ... as Serena was doing on the tennis court. If being Serena Williams doesn't exempt us from such negativity ... how can we expect it in our individual lives?

Yet, we must continue to uplift one another. As the famous philospher, Rodney King, once said, "Can't we just get along?" Well Villagers, any comments on the latest incidence of racial intolerance?


Jean-Luc Picard said...

I thought people would have grown up from that sort of behaviour by now.

Anonymous said...

As much as things have changed the more they stay the same. Racism is always the silent monster in the room.

Anonymous said...

Nice post. But quite frankly, I am not surprised. This heckler was only saying what alot of people say in the privacy of their own homes.

BTW, you have a nice blog here,and I have added you to my roll.

Robyn McMaster, PhD said...

I feel shame for anyone who would make a statement like that. Usually these are needy people looking for attention. Serena's worthy of the attention and my sense is that person is very jealous that he or she lacks talent. Just shows their neediness in my estimation. Thoughts?

Just discovered your site since you visited mine. :-) It's a great find.

Anonymous said...


Money changes many things. But it can't buy you new skin.