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#BlackLivesMatter: Serena Williams voices her fears for her Nephew’s Life Due to Police Violence

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Tennis champion, Serena Williams hit social media to add her voice to the countless others admonishing police brutality.

Serena said she experienced a moment of fear for her nephew’s life when they were driving in a car and passed a police officer.

Here’s what she shared on Facebook:

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. Than 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 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

Serena

5 Comments

  1. Alero

    September 29, 2016 at 6:40 am

    It’s really horrible. When the police get away with this sort of shit it’s a slap in the face of other black Americans because what it means is that you may be Oprah, Beyoncé, serena, we may not be able to touch you but we will indirectly touch you by making you realise that we are boss and can take the life of your loved ones whenever the fuck we like. Because as far as the police are concerned your lives don’t matter, their will never be racial equality. i can emphathize with what Serena says about feeling fear when she spotted the police car. Damn they make you feel guilty for just been black. That’s not cool. May the God that made all human form in his image strengthen us Amen. May he punish those who blasphem against his might works of creation.

  2. UNCLE GWE GWE GWE

    September 29, 2016 at 6:42 am

    MMM WILL CRASH WITHIN 5DAYS IN NIGERIA. UNCLE GWEGS said soo

    • NIRA

      September 29, 2016 at 8:42 am

      Ha! Uncle, what has MM got to do with this post biko??!!! Don’t let the ‘investors’ hear you o!!!

    • Edi Bongo

      September 29, 2016 at 11:00 am

      Prophet Doom how far?

  3. adelegirl

    September 29, 2016 at 1:51 pm

    I really feel awful for blacks in America. I don’t know how they cope knowing that they could be shot without thought or hesitation just because some bigot thinks the colour of your skin makes you a suspect automatically. I saw an emotional video of a teenage girl about 13 or 14 or so speaking with so much emotion, her voice was breaking about the Black Lives Matter movement. I don’t know how anyone could listen to that girl and still think back people are “over-reacting” or engaging in a “pity party”. I am glad that these incidents of violence by law enforcement authorities in America has finally come to the attention of the UN and it has been condemned in no uncertain terms. American authorities need to follow suit with convictions of the police men and women perpetrating these crimes against black people.

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