Tennis superstar Serena Williams speaks out against police killings

Williams spoke out on social media against police brutality against African Americans.

Williams is the latest celebrity to join a growing movement of black American athletes who are speaking out how racism and police brutality.

In a heartfelt Facebook post, the tennis star spoke out against police killings of African Americans writing stating that she “will not be silent.”

“I remembered that horrible video of the woman in the car when a cop shot her boyfriend,” she wrote, referencing Philando Castile, whose girlfriend broadcast the aftermath of his killing by police on Facebook Live. “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’”.

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“Why did I have to think about this in 2016?” Serena, who is pictured with her sister Venus continues. “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.”

Ever since the Williams sisters started playing in tennis tournaments, they’ve provoked strong reactions – from awe and admiration to suspicion and resentment. They’ve been winning championships for over a decade, pushing the limits of longevity in such a demanding sport. Williams has spoken in the past about her experience as a black athlete in a dominant white sport documenting her and her sister’s rise from obscurity.

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Other celebrities who have voiced their disgruntlement with racism and police brutality include San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick who set off a nationwide firestorm when he declined to stand for the national anthem to protest.  He initially faced  backlash from some sports fans and public figures, but many others showed support. More NFL players have joined the silent, pre-game protest, while others have begun speaking out about racism and police brutality during press conferences that usually focus on sports.

Basketball star LeBron James also told reporters that he also fears for the lives of his children, saying: “I look at my son being four years removed from driving his own car and being able to leave the house on his own and it’s a scary thought right now to think if my son gets pulled over.”

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