Give Serena her respect. Please.

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All she asked for was just a little bit of respect. She didn’t ask to be treated like the phenomenal superstar that she is; she just asked that a little, teeny bit of the respect freely and generously bestowed on others be shown to her as well. What was so hard about that, Carlos Ramos? 

There are only three athletes that you should never ever count out of a game: Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, and Serena Williams. Yes, Naomi Osaka, the phenomenal young talent, outplayed her in the first set. But are you going to say the game was beyond Serena’s reach even after losing the first set when she’s on serve 3-4 in the second? 

Carlos Ramos robbed Serena on so many levels; he robbed Naomi, and he robbed the fans. He’s more than just a thief. He should be banned from tennis.

 
Radio Justice 📻🎙@justiceputnam
 
 

Serena was wrong to call the chair a thief. She should have called him a motherfucking, vindictive thief. I mean, it's New York.

 

 

But Ramos is just the latest in a long list who have done Serena (and Venus) wrong. 

The crowds at US Open: I was heartened by the fact that the crowd was behind Serena yesterday. There was once a time when the Sisters were the only athletes who didn’t ever enjoy a home-court advantage. Whether at the US Open or at Indian Wells, the crowds took great pleasure in rooting for their opponents while hurling racist insults at them. Even now I am not altogether confident that the crowd would have remained loyal to Serena if she’d been playing a Sharapova yesterday.

Sports writers: This group truly cannot help themselves and don’t even try to hide their disdain for the Sisters. Over the years sportswriters have body-shamed Serena, characterized her on-court screams as "guttural and animalistic — even as they declared that Sharapova’s grunts remind them of “hot sex.” They’ve insinuated that her incredible success must be as a result of illegal drug use, and that’s just for starters. Today they had multiple articles talking about her “bad behavior” and her “meltdown.” We see you, Felicias.

Analysts and commentators: I’ve long argued that Mary Carillo and Chris Evert should not be allowed to do commentary when Serena is playing. Those two women hate Serena. I swear. Everybody says that Serena’s back was to her coach when he made the coaching motions but yet Evert was on TV  talking ‘bout, “Serena was receiving coaching from her team...” And I personally will never forgive her for saying that Serena should be tested for performance-enhancing drugs. In general, and in part because of social media, commentators have been trying very hard to watch their language, but at times it’s painfully obvious that it’s quite the chore for them.

 
Midus Well 🌊@Miduswell
 
 

@serenawilliams is drug tested more than any other player!

I play and teach tennis. I've heard the worst comments about her, over the years. I've heard people say that she's really a man, or on steroids. Some things I wouldn't repeat! https://www.cbsnews.com/news/serena-williams-doping-tests-more-often-than-other-top-players-cites-discrimination/ 

Serena Williams, drug tested more than other top players this year, cites "discrimination"

"Out of all the players it's been proven I'm the one getting tested the most. Discrimination? I think so. At least I'll be keeping the sport clean," the 23-time Grand Slam champion tweets

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Game officials: This is the second time that I’ve heard people exclaim in disbelief, “I’ve never seen anything like this.” “This is the first time that I’ve seen this in a tennis match.” And both occasions had to do with Serena Williams. The first was the case of multiple foot-faults called against her in a game against Clijsters some years ago. I don’t think that I’ve heard another foot-fault call since then. Then there was the very, very bizarre case of the French Tennis Federation president:

In an interview published recently in a French tennis magazine, the French official singled out the black figure-hugging catsuit that Williams wore as he revealed that the tournament would institute a dress code. "It will no longer be accepted," Giudicelli said of the catsuit. "I think sometimes we've gone too far. One must respect the game and place."

And I could go on about those who have gone out of their way to telegraph to Serena that her presence is not welcome in a space that has traditionally excluded people who look like her. That she’s managed to conquer the sport and establish herself as the best it has ever produced speaks to her phenomenal strength… and no, I’m not speaking about brawn. Having to deal with the intersectionality of racism and sexism on the public stage, fighting life-threatening health scares even as you remain classy and beautiful and empathetic takes a special type of strength and Serena has it in spades. No, Carlos Ramos, you have not broken her. You cannot stop her. She will have the last laugh. 

 

Update: Woke up this morning to word of just the most obscene cartoon from a proud Australian racist. This response to that cartoon is everything:

 
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This small boy doesn’t realise he’s drawn a cartoon that will be studied and shown for generations after Serena retires for encapsulating the hostile misogynoir she endured from an insecure white gaze uncomfortable with her greatness. Even his erasure of Naomi Osaka is perfect. https://twitter.com/Knightcartoons/status/1039017329030393856 

 

Another phenomenal woman comes to Serena’s defense:

 
J.K. Rowling
 
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Well done on reducing one of the greatest sportswomen alive to racist and sexist tropes and turning a second great sportswoman into a faceless prop. https://t.co/YOxVMuTXEC 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"I'm just trying to make a way out of no way, for my people" -Modejeska Monteith Simpkins

 

AFRICAN AMERICA IS AT WAR

THERE IS A RACE WAR ON AFRICAN AMERICA

THERE IS A RACE WAR ON AFRICAN AMERICANS

THERE IS A RACE WAR ON BLACK PEOPLE IN AMERICA

AMERICA'S RACISTS HAVE INFILTRATED AMERICAN POLICE FORCES TO WAGE A RACE WAR AGAINST BLACK PEOPLE IN AMERICA

THE BLACK RACE IS AT WAR

FIRST WORLD WAR:  THE APPROXIMATELY 6,000 YEAR WORLD WAR ON AFRICA AND THE BLACK RACE

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  The cartoon is a throw back caricature of how blacks were viewed.  And the cartoonist knows it.  He tried/attempted  to make her an angry black woman having a fit (it didn't work) but it is totally disrespectful to Black women in general.   And he knows that too.  See white boy from he wherever  resides....whether it is in the US or Europe or Australia think he can just say any MOFO thang about us and it's okay cuz it's a white doing it.  Not.  Slavery is over!  You can't disrespect a human being because you think it's funny and you're on this illusion of fake power/white privilege.   Watch what happens next.  He will fall from grace.  Cuz he got two things against him.  We are in the STRONG women's era[all women] and Karma is taking numbers and calling the shots.  Evidence is the Carolinas.  Mother nature is reaping havoc on all places where slaves were.....just check out the path of the recent hurricanes.  They are following the same route of the middle passage and go to all the places where slavery existed.   I don't remember a time where flooded rivers were extensive after a storm.  This wasn't even a category 5.   More will come.  Cuz life isn't patriarchal.  Life exist ONLY because of a feminine/woman-men don't like to hear this.... but.  So it's been long enough.  Cuz every thang "man" [well I should say white man] is FALLING apart....slowly.  Starting with the climate.  Like that little boy said in the Color Purple....it's gon rain on your head.  That's exactly what "life" is currently doing.  The big payback?  Is here.  But! 

Oh, he's not 'White' boy, he's Indian.

So, his concocting this racist caricature is nothing but his BEGGING WHITE PEOPLE to like him and accept him as their equal, it's no more than his licking White boots.  

So, who did he really make look bad, Serena, or himself and his own damn race [and all other non-White 'minorities] since by stabbing Serena and the Black race in the back did nothing but put his non-White ass down on his knees blowing the White man's 'Dixie' for a damn 'pat-on-the-head' from White racists.

Every most vile and racist thing racist Whites think, feel and say of Black people, they also say, feel and think the same thing about Indians, and ALL other NON-WHITE races of people on the planet.  

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