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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  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  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)



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



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  profiles  athletes  naomi-osaka  tennis  serena-williams 
september 2018 by yolandaenoch

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