In 2016, a total of 715 people have been shot and killed by police, including the murders of Keith Lamont Scott and Terence Crutcher that have sparked protests all around the U.S. In light of widespread issues surrounding police brutality, Serena Williams took to Facebook last night to share a personal post, reflecting on the recent incidents and voicing her concerns about violence against black Americans:
“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 #safetyfirst. 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.'”
The tennis star continued, expressing her frustrations with the treatment of black lives asking, “Why did I have to think about this in 2016? Have we not gone through enough, opened so many doors, impacted billions of lives?”
Williams has always been vocal about the racism and sexism she’s faced during the course of her career, and now with an incredible amount of athletes and spectators across the U.S following in the footsteps of Colin Kaepernick’s protests, doesn’t that mean it’s time for something to change?
Read Serena’s full Facebook post, here.