23 time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams spoke about racism on her Instagram live session along with her husband Alexis Ohanian after he decided to step down from the board of Reddit. The African-American tennis players have taken a strong stance against racism in the past week after the killing of George Floyd by a white police officer.
Besides, Williams, other tennis players who have spoken up strongly against the issue include Naomi Osaka, Frances Tiafoe and Coco Gauff.
Serena Williams says she has been dealing with racism all her life
Speaking on her Instagram Live session, Serena said, "A lot of people don't know my whole life I've had to deal with so many different challenges.
I've had to deal with a lot of inequality; I've had to deal with racism. And honestly, sadly it has become, unfortunately, somewhat of a norm for people that have my skin color. It's something I ultimately think that systematically we just have to deal with.
It's sad that someone on my level has had to accept being paid less...so many different things because of the color of my skin...I entered a sport that was all white and it definitely wasn't easy looking back. It all really just boiled down to my faith and realizing that all this is temporary.
What I believe and what the Bible teaches, is that there is so much more waiting if we exercise faith. I wouldn't be me if I wasn't black." Serena also said that her husband's decision to step down from the Board was his own and not influenced by her.
"This is all Alexis, which is really cool. A lot of people might think I told you to do something, or that I forced you, or that I was in your ear, have you heard that? He doesn't listen to me ever. I've always been proud of who I am, to be black...I wouldn't be who I am, I wouldn't be as strong as I am, I wouldn't have been able to be as amazing as I have been in my career so far.
I wouldn't be me if I wasn't black." Serena Williams has won 23 Grand Slam singles titles, the most by any player in the Open Era, and the second-most of all time behind Margaret Court. She has been ranked No.
1 in the world for a total of 319 weeks, which ranks third in the Open Era among female players behind Steffi Graf and Martina Navratilova.