Williams Sisters

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All through their illustrious careers, Serena and Venus have endured the brutal climate of overt racism in ways that should have crippled them, but somehow they resolved to rise above the insults — with dignity and enviable grace.

The worst was the infamous outing at the Indian Wells tournament back in 2001— when the sisters were subjected to a disgusting combination of boos followed by peppering of the n-word, with the the topping of threats to their father’s life. This prompted Serena and Venus into a 14-year boycott, which ended when they returned to the tournament to play against each other in early 2018.

Read Ezinne’s full essay here.

What Black Girls Can Learn From HBO’s “Being Serena” (Spoilers) was originally published on globalgrind.com

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