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Column: Put this Serena Williams quote on all the motivational posters. The world needs to hear it. - Chicago Tribune
When Williams is describing the controversy at last year’s U.S. Open, she writes about how it felt to receive those controversial violations.

“I felt defeated and disrespected by a sport that I love,” she writes, “one that I had dedicated my life to and that my family truly changed, not because we were welcomed, but because we wouldn’t stop winning.”

“Not because we were welcomed, but because we wouldn’t stop winning.”

Put it on all the posters.

Rarely are the places and the minds that need changing going to greet that change with open arms. Rarely is that change going to be universally embraced.

Rarely is a group who has held a lion’s share of the power, occupied most of the seats at most of the tables, made the decisions, made the money, made the rules going to welcome the folks who want a shot. Who deserve a shot. Whose presence and ideas and talent would improve the world, if only they were given a shot.
serena-williams  racism  sexism  naomi-osaka  chicagotribune.com  tennis  heidi-stevens 
5 weeks ago by yolandaenoch
Serena Williams Responds to 2018 US Open Match Controversy
I could not have been happier for her. As for me, I felt defeated and disrespected by a sport that I love—one that I had dedicated my life to and that my family truly changed, not because we were welcomed, but because we wouldn’t stop winning.


But this was different. I was hurt—cut deeply. I tried to compare it to other setbacks I’d had in my life and career, and for some reason I couldn’t shake the feeling that this was about so much more than just me. I thought back to my first Grand Slam. It’s the one you remember best; it’s supposed to be the most special. This debacle ruined something that should have been amazing and historic. Not only was a game taken from me but a defining, triumphant moment was taken from another player, something she should remember as one of the happiest memories in her long and successful career. My heart broke. I started to think again, “What could I have done better? Was I wrong to stand up? Why is it that when women get passionate, they’re labeled emotional, crazy, and irrational, but when men do they’re seen as passionate and strong?”

Serena's Apology to Naomi & Naomi's Response:
“Hey, Naomi! It’s Serena Williams. As I said on the court, I am so proud of you and I am truly sorry. I thought I was doing the right thing in sticking up for myself. But I had no idea the media would pit us against each other. I would love the chance to live that moment over again. I am, was, and will always be happy for you and supportive of you. I would never, ever want the light to shine away from another female, specifically another black female athlete. I can’t wait for your future, and believe me I will always be watching as a big fan! I wish you only success today and in the future. Once again, I am so proud of you. All my love and your fan, Serena.”

When Naomi’s response came through, tears rolled down my face. “People can misunderstand anger for strength because they can’t differentiate between the two,” she said graciously. “No one has stood up for themselves the way you have and you need to continue trailblazing.”
serena-williams  harpersbazaar.com  naomi-osaka  tennis  us-open 
6 weeks ago by yolandaenoch
城田優が語る、大坂なおみ選手の国籍問題で「ズルい」と差別を感じた理由 (1/8) 〈dot.〉|AERA dot. (アエラドット)
>>> ARCHIVED (EIGHT (!@*)$@!( SEPARATE PAGES) https://archive.fo/akx98 https://archive.fo/yVdyN https://archive.fo/MMxMa https://archive.fo/1Gw0e https://archive.fo/FU7zi https://archive.fo/vbMn0 https://archive.fo/xg6po https://archive.fo/NdKD9

――女子テニスの大坂なおみ選手が全米オープンを制覇したときも、国籍のことが話題になりましたね。

ああいうのを見ていると、どこに言ってもここだという居場所がない我々からするとズルいなと思う。良いときだけ「日本人初」って持ち上げるくせに、都合が悪くなったら「やっぱり外人だから」って言うんですよ。その人の個性とアイデンティティーである国とが、必ずしも一致するわけじゃない。もちろん僕だって「ラテンの血が入ってるから明るいんですよ」とは言いますけど、ネタみたいに周りがとやかく言うものじゃないんです。

昔に比べたら差別が無い時代ですが、実はめちゃめちゃあるんですよ。みんな悪気はなくても、勝手に区別しているんです。「あの子は外国の血が入ってるからこういうマインドなのよ」とか「彼はスペイン人だから……」って言われることも、僕にとっては差別なんですよ。いろんな経験をしてきて、最近はこれが差別の始まりなんだなと思います。
Japan  城田優  Naomi-Osaka  Mixed-race-people 
october 2018 by quant18
「ハーフ」:国籍、背景…認識多様に 大坂選手「私は私」 - 毎日新聞
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「ハーフ」や「混血」をテーマに研究してきた若手社会学者の下地ローレンス吉孝さんは、数々の「ハーフ」たちのインタビューを行ってきた。

 「苦しんできたこともまた、一人一人違います。小学校のいじめを挙げる人。カタカナの名字を理由に就職差別された人。外見から外国人と判断され、警察官から職務質問を頻繁に受けてしまうという方もいます。一方で、そういう差別的な扱いそのものよりも、毎日のように『あなた、日本人じゃないでしょ?』『ああ、やっぱりガイジンだから』『こういうところは日本人っぽいね』などと言われることの積み重ねで、苦しい思いをしている人もいます」と明かす。

 下地さんも、大坂選手の「私は私」という言葉に「まさにそれに尽きます」と言う。「大事なのは、大坂なおみ選手が何人なのかを他人が決めることはできないし、決めるべきではないし、決める必要もない、ということ」と指摘する。
Japan  Mixed-race-people  Naomi-Osaka 
september 2018 by quant18
Naomi Osaka’s Breakthrough Game - The New York Times
“Everything about Naomi breaks the mold,” says Kenshi Fukuhara, a producer with Wowow. “Physically, she’s so much more powerful than other Japanese players. She looks more like Serena, but she’s very Japanese inside.” #ugh
brook-larmer  nytimes.com  profiles  athletes  naomi-osaka  tennis  serena-williams 
september 2018 by yolandaenoch

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