I know Tiger Woods got this a little bit when he upset all the blue bloods with his golfing abilities–well, because black folks aren’t supposed to be good at the “more refined” sports. But the level of bitterness, dehumanization, racism, contempt, and jealously leveled on Venus and Serena has been something along the likes that I’ve never seen before.
And why? Both women are unquestionably two of the best athletes of both the 20th and 21st centuries. The have near-perfect physical forms. They are not only talented, but classy. In the face of all the negativity, they have never lashed out. Believe me, that’s exactly what the racists want…to needle these two women until they explode so they can call them angry black women. But Serena and Venus are too smart for that.
The latest to jump on the hate train is Forbes magazine, who sent a completely disrespectful tweet while Venus and Serena were playing each other in the U.S. Open:
Now why would a publication with 6.67 million Twitter followers choose just that time to post that nonsense, considering that Maria Sharapova has had her ass handed to her by Serena 17 times in a row. Is it to remind millions that no matter how well the sisters play, they’ll never, ever, EVER be as desirable and marketable as Maria Sharapova? My instincts are screaming the affirmative.
At this point, I can’t really see what else it could be.