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Serena Williams has her say on racial profiling

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serena-williams.jpgThe tennis superstar recently took to Facebook to recount the moment she feared for her nephew's safety.

Williams has added her voice to the ongoing discussion about the risk posed to African Americans, especially men and boys, by police across the United States.

In a Facebook post, the 2016 Wimbledon champion recounted an incident on Tuesday with her 18-year-old nephew that brought home to her the tension of the relations that currently exist between African Americans and police officers.

She wrote:

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 #safetyfirst. In the distance I saw cop [sic] on the side of the road. I quickly checked to see if he was obliging [sic] by the speed limit. Than [sic] 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. 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".

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 than [sic] wondered than [sic]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

Serena

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