I, as a white (well, somewhat beige) conservative, expect black people to act politely and graciously. I expect them to have the same sense of justice and fair play that I have. I don’t expect something different from them.
Naomi Osaka beat Serena Williams like a drum. This is the beauty of sports. It’s all about raw talent. Maybe Serena had a bad day, but that happens in sports. When it does, you endeavor to be a gracious loser just like you endeavor to be a gracious winner.
The three code violations against Serena Williams add up to $17,000, and the breakdown is $3,000 for smashing her tennis racket, $4,000 for the warning from the coach, and $10,000 for being verbally abusive to Carlos Ramos.
Yup, she broke the rules (along with her racket), and received the consequences of her actions.
This latest incident is just another indication of how Williams has been railroaded, and propped for the role as the “angry Black woman” whose physicality bleeds into her ability to roar her way out of situations that she creates.
She should just stop playing that role.
The hope is for the future — and that is basically encrusted on Naomi Osaka, and the darkness of her win that will reveal the light of how lucky she was to spar against the best that ever was — and what that means for her blooming trajectory.
The “darkness of her win”. This was the whole problem. Veni, vidi, vici! She came, she saw, and she conquered. There was no darkness, except for Serena Williams fans.
Oh, and you do know that Naomi Osaka is black too, right?