Serena Williams vs. racism
by maithaixox on September 7, 2015 - 6:36pm
Have you ever been discriminated, made fun of because of your skin color or felt like you didn’t belong somewhere, well you’re not the only one. Serena Williams, 3 time winner of the French Opens, and many more has been discriminated a lot. In the article called “Serena Williams subjected to racism, sexist remarks following French Open victory” by the WITW Staff (Woman in the World) published on June 8th 2015, they talk about how Serena Williams continues to be targeted by racism and sexist remarks about her body. They say that despite all the awful comments about Serena Williams on the internet, most of all the hate comes from the media. Many of the media, and even fellow athletes have also called her ugly, bulky and animalistic because they’re referring to the past of America when black people were considered “savages”. The article concludes that people should stop concentrating on her skin color and what she looks like and start acknowledging her amazing talent in tennis.
In my 18 years of being living on this earth, I have witness so many discriminations and racism towards people and it’s sickens me. I get racial comments and get discriminated one too many times before and it doesn’t feel good, it makes you feel like you’re not wanted or not part of anything. I sure do know how Serena Williams feel, but not to that extent. She’s being targeted all over the media for racial purposes and sexist remarks about her appearance and her body. At the end of the article, the authors said “instead of concentrating on what really matters: her remarkable competitive edge in a time-honored sport.” (WITW, 2015, 1) and I totally agree with the authors because instead of looking at someone’s appearance, we should focus more on their ability to perform a task. Serena Williams is an amazing tennis player and she has won many tournaments and games but people, especially the media are too concerned about the way she looks. In my opinion, I am very much against discrimination and racism. I feel as if it’s a way to put people down and label them because they’re different, but I have always been thought that you what makes you special is that you’re different.
WITW. (2015, June 8). Serena Williams subjected to racist, sexist remarks following French Open victory, The New York Times. Retrieved from http://nytlive.nytimes.com