Serena Williams Vows To Become A Voice Against Police Violence

“As Dr. Martin Luther King said, ‘There comes a time when silence is betrayal.’ I won’t be silent.”

Famous tennis star Serena Williams shared a disturbing experience she recently went through with her fans on Facebook:

The incident made Williams speak out against police killings of African Americans.

She is the latest and perhaps the most high-profile celebrity to join the growing movement of black Americans taking on police brutality.

“Why did I have to think about this in 2016?” she wrote. “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.”

Perhaps it was San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick who set off an avalanche of reaction by refusing to stand for the national anthem to protest “a country that oppresses black people and people of color.”

“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick explained. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”

Though Kaepernick faced a lot of criticism for his action, there has been support as well, including from President Obama.

Former and current military personnel also took to the social media supporting the star with #VeteransforKaepernick.



More NFL players have joined the silent, pre-game protest.

Basketball star LeBron James told reporters he also fears for the lives of his children, saying: “I look at my son being four years removed from driving his own car and being able to leave the house on his own and it’s a scary thought right now to think if my son gets pulled over.”

There are others as well who feel the need to put their weight behind the movement:





Snoop Dogg and The Game went to Los Angeles Police Department headquarters and addressed graduating cadets:

"This is how you make moves," he said. "You make it happen. You get some dialogue, some understanding with the new recruits before they hit the streets, so that way they know we're just like them and we trying to live and go home and get some understanding."

Beyoncé has been outspoken against police brutality as well. In a letter on her website, she wrote, "We are sick and tired of the killings of young men and women in our communities... this is a human fight. No matter your race, gender or sexual orientation. This is a fight for anyone who feels marginalized, who is struggling for freedom and human rights." She also included links for fans to contact their local House and Senate representatives to "voice protest" for Alton Sterling and Philando Castile.

Banner and thumbnail credit: Reuters, Jason Reed 

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