Serena Williams owes Naomi Osaka and Black Women an Apology, her Issues have been RACISM, not…
CharliePeach🍑
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There’s so many things wrong with this piece —the main thing being that you make so many presumptions talking about a topic that could’ve been better written, better researched, better supported, and better discussed.

There’s a necessary and nuanced conversation to be had about Serena Williams shying away from explicitly discussing race and its obvious affect on her career. (Which she has done before…even though you presume she hasn’t?) There’s also a nuanced conversation to be had about Serena positioning herself as a champion for women’s rights, given that that movement tends to center white women’s experience and Serena more pointedly experiences misogynoir as a Black woman.

You don’t engage either of these conversations in this piece. Not genuinely, at least. The former convo is presented as the gist, but your support for it is in the form of accusations based on poor observations of her actions, and assumptions of her motivations and intentions.

That doesn’t work.

And while doing this, you use the same coded language against Serena that white folks use when describing her behavior. So help me understand: do you hate her as well, or do you want her politics to be better? If you wanted her politics to be better, you’d do a better job in discussing and critiquing them.

Finally, how and why do you expect Serena, or her sister, to separate her womanhood from her Blackness when her experience in tennis, and in life, is informed by both? Because she constantly lives in both realms. She is both Black and woman, always. It’s never “either or” so therefore, her experiences are never just because she’s Black or just because she’s woman.

The argument should be that Serena — given her stature, visibility, and willingness to discuss politics in her profession —needs to be more astute and explicit about her experiences as a Black woman, instead of defaulting to one identity.

You barely present this argument and definitely don’t make a case for it.