Serena Williams has joined the growing number of voices who are speaking out about police violence towards black people in America. The tennis star took to Facebook to speak on asking her 18-year-old nephew to drive her to a meeting, and how the sight of a police car by the side of the road caused panic to avoid raising suspicion.
“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. [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.”
Williams seemed to be referring to the police killing of Philando Castile, which was captured on video and then live-streamed to Facebook by his girlfriend. Castile was shot as his girlfriend’s four-year-old daughter sat in the backseat of the car.
“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.’”
She went on to conclude:
“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. I [then] 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.’ I Won’t Be Silent.”
We think it is great that so many famous names are speaking up to raise concerns over this important issue.