Heard On The Street: Spotting A Police Car Caused Serena Williams Fear

“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 #safteyfirst [sic]. 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 [sic] 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’ I am a total believer that not ‘everyone’ is bad It is just the ones that are ignorant, afraid, uneducated, and insensitive that is affecting millions and millions of lives. Why did I have to think about this in 2016? Have we not gone through enough, opened so many doors, impacted billions of lives? But I realized we must stride on- for it’s not how far we have come but how much further still we have to go. I than [sic] wondered than [sic] have I spoken up? I had to take a look at me. What about my nephews? What if I have a son and what about my daughters? As Dr. Martin Luther King said ‘There comes a time when silence is betrayal’. I Won’t Be Silent Serena” — Serena Williams posts on Facebook about the fear she immediately felt after spotting a police car on the road her nephew was driving. It doesn’t seem like the pair were stopped by the police, but the possibility of being stopped induced fear in the tennis pro. Like so many Black motorists, Williams immediately checked that her nephew was obeying the laws of the road after spotting the police cruiser. She also promises to do more and speak up more about the police shootings of unarmed Black men and women that are plaguing the U.S. RELATED: Police In San Diego Kill Mentally Ill Black Man Alfred Olango [Image: Danny Cardozo via Facebook]

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“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 #safteyfirst [sic]. 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 [sic] 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’
I am a total believer that not ‘everyone’ is bad It is just the ones that are ignorant, afraid, uneducated, and insensitive that is affecting millions and millions of lives.
Why did I have to think about this in 2016? Have we not gone through enough, opened so many doors, impacted billions of lives? But I realized we must stride on- for it’s not how far we have come but how much further still we have to go.

I than [sic] wondered than [sic] have I spoken up? I had to take a look at me. What about my nephews? What if I have a son and what about my daughters?
As Dr. Martin Luther King said ‘There comes a time when silence is betrayal’.

I
Won’t
Be
Silent

Serena”

— Serena Williams posts on Facebook about the fear she immediately felt after spotting a police car on the road her nephew was driving. It doesn’t seem like the pair were stopped by the police, but the possibility of being stopped induced fear in the tennis pro. Like so many Black motorists, Williams immediately checked that her nephew was obeying the laws of the road after spotting the police cruiser. She also promises to do more and speak up more about the police shootings of unarmed Black men and women that are plaguing the U.S.

RELATED: Police In San Diego Kill Mentally Ill Black Man Alfred Olango

[Image: Danny Cardozo via Facebook]

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Heard On The Street: Spotting A Police Car Caused Serena Williams Fear

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