Friday, July 13, 2012

Why Mainstream America Refuses to Celebrate the Williams Sisters

Serena Williams' fifth win at the Wimbledon in early July marked her fourteenth major professional tennis title, something that about seven women have done in the history of professional tennis with three being American.

And she did it as a raw vegan, a lifestyle she embraced to support her sister who is also a raw vegan due to the recent diagnosis with an auto-immune disease.

Nonetheless, Serena's spectacular performance and a significant accomplishment that should have America boasting, barely scratched national news.

Nor was there really any interest in the Wimbledon doubles match that Serena and her sister Venus dominated and were victorious. Once the women's doubles were over, it was back to the exciting coverage of Roger Federer and Andy Murray, the match between a Swiss and Brit. American tennis experts gushed over the two men as if their own did nothing but take a shit that day.

Though the Williams sisters have single-handedly revived tennis' popularity, it seems as if mainstream America, hence, white America, is kind of waiting for them, and their booties, and 18 inch Brazilian human hair extensions, their mama's blonde Afro and their daddy who gives shout outs to those drinking 40 ounces and smoking Kush in the heart of Compton to just go away.

Venus Williams
At first I would assert that mainstream America was furious that two black women took over the face of American tennis, and totally shifted the complexion of its audience worldwide.

When Venus came onto the scene she was undeniably black. A dark brown skinned sister with that classic look that any black mama gave her girl child at least once in her pubescent life---cornrows with about 5 million beads shimmying in the sunlight.

It is the hairstyle that Bo Derek tried to imitate and was called drop dead beautiful, yet Venus got silent disapproval for her ethnic un-appeal.

And as I cringed when I saw the years of braiding had taken out her edges like former Essence Magazine CEO Susan Taylor, I still applauded her vivid imagery of blackness.

As a former athlete in a non-traditional sport for black folk (swimming), I know the challenges of being the only black or one of the few. I know the issues of femininity and the difficulty of trying to be "black" in a "white" sport; especially when you have a mother that did not allow you to shave. But that's another therapy session.
Serena Williams

I remember the day a little white girl called me a "nigger" when I won the 50 meter butterfly. That shit hurt.

I can't even imagine getting the consistent boos that Venus then Serena would get over damn near a decade.

Then there are the camera shots when Serena bends over. Or the pre-game coverage in which announcers would drool over blonde competitors and their beauty and delicate fierceness. The complaints and attempts at regulating the ladies' war grunts. The silent spectacle around Venus and Serenas muscles, hair, skin, and did I say ass?

Throughout it all, we have seen these women blossom into something more dangerous, more courageous than players who were expected to just be affirmative action kickstands that should've been gracious to be allowed a couple of endorsements.

These sisters, by blood and by cultural kinship, evolved into unstoppable champions who don't need the approval of a flag, a fan, or a country.

Never, never, never in the history of the sport of tennis, women or men, has there been siblings to dominate, and just take over the sport for more than a decade. And what do they get, silence and meager coverage as a form of protest of their presence.

But occasionally, the fearlessness you witness on the court rises like the waves of heat off of the AstroTurf in the Australian Open. The Williams' spit back their own protest with flamboyant outfits that accentuate their African curves and brown skin in the most European of tournaments.

Sorry Louis Gates Jr., their phenotypes are not the kind that dominate your gene pool as you proudly announce. Dem sisters right dere are to the bone African. And will shove a ball down your fucking throat if you say otherwise.

Now I understand why mainstream America (and for that matter England and France) refuse to celebrate or acknowledge Serena or Venus. Their presence is a painful reminder of the ignorance, racism and impotence of white supremacy and white privilege that many attempt to hide.

Oh and of course they are hating on the booty.

Please keep your eyes on the prize. (Side thought, what's up with the devil horn fingers?)

15 ish talking intellectuals holla at a sista:

Reggie said...

They are two tremendously talented physical specimens of exquisite beauty......though don't look them too hard in the face.

Serena's body in particular looks absolutely sculpted.

Mildred said...

Even Essence magazine jumped on this bandwagon. Sorry but I don't remember the issue. I'm not a regular reader.

The magazine was celebrating a middle class brother and implied that they were tired of the Williams' sisters.

Remember the public chastising that Chris Everett gave them about needing to narrowly focus on tennis? True or not true, shaming behavior that if she were sincere, she could have addressed to them directly.

They've have endured and thrived in spite of ...

Anonymous said...

oh look! an illogical black woman deducing that anybody who doesn't care about women's tennis is either white, racist, or both. how hilariously typical

Anonymous said...

Fuck all niggers.

Anonymous said...

I love them..They worked hard to achieve that level of play.Truly an example of American sweethearts showing if you work hard you can do anything ..Serena and Venus Williams you deserve respect and admiration.

Anonymous said...

Did the writer forget about all the classless activity done by the William's sisters over the years?
The outburst by Serena at the U.S. Open, the halluconegenic state Serena was in just this year at Wimbledon, and Venus noticeably laughing about the whole thing when she was on the court with her? Their father is a racist in every sense. He clearly wanted to train these girls up to show "whitey." I was at the U.S. Open in 2010, and on the practice courts everybody meets up and hits with each other. The Williams sisters and their father are just off in a far court glaring at everybody. I will quote John Mcenroe on this subject...."Is it really that hard for them to just say hello when they walk by another player sometime?" I hate them.

Anonymous said...

It is because they are niggers and ugly to boot.

Anonymous said...

They are niggers - ugly to boot is redundant. Niggers are ugly - it is an intrinsic property.

Those niggers that aren't totally hideous are basically mulattoes or quadroons with enough cream in their coffee so as to attenuate the African jungle features!

Anonymous said...

They are just so ugly. You know that big but smells.

Anonymous said...

Why does it matter to black America if white America cares? You celebrate them if you want and leave us alone.

Anonymous said...

Who wears a huge diamond ring while playing tennis? A nigger named Serena. Dat bitch need to look fly yo. She be doing da damn thang. Fucking nignogs!

Gordon Robertson said...

Watching sereena in like watching a Gorilla.

paul Odene said...

Anybody that chases a yellow ball around for that long has a low IQ. The Williams sisters should not be allowed to play with beautiful women.

Justin Wright said...

Dumb fucking nigger should be exterminated

Justin Wright said...

Kill both the niggers