Felix Auger-Aliassime: Racism is a serious problem and people have to be aware of it



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Felix Auger-Aliassime: Racism is a serious problem and people have to be aware of it

Rising Canadian star Felix Auger-Aliassime says racism is a serious problem and people should approach it very seriously as he insists no one should think that he or someone he knows is safe from it. In the wake of the brutal murder of George Floyd -- an African-American man who was killed by a white American police officer -- popular figures across the world have used their voices to call for equality.

"I was raised by a Quebec mother and an African father. I was able to experience both worlds. I grew up in a very quiet area in Quebec in Canada. We always think that it happens to others, in poor neighborhoods, in certain situations.

I believe it is not true. There are many forms of racism. The one we have seen lately in the United States, very violent. But there is all kind of racism and discrimination," Auger-Aliassime said in a contribution post for L'Equipe.

"People have to be aware of it. They must realize that it does not only happen to others, it can happen to their friends, their teachers, their coaches. To everybody. We have come a long way, but it is still a long way to achieve equality."

Felix Auger-Aliassime disappointed to see that those who should be model citizens are displaying racism

"What saddens me is that it comes from a place and people who should lead by example. Police, like teachers and doctors, should lead by example, not have preconceived ideas and stereotypes about skin color.

They should look at everyone the same way because we are all human beings. This is the most difficult part: it comes from people who are supposed to protect us," Auger-Aliassime said. "I hope, in light of what has been going on lately in the United States and around the world, that a change will happen.

That laws will be passed. And that there will be a more rigorous selection. I pray that things will improve." Meanwhile, Auger-Aliassime made a good start to the season as he made back-to-back finals in Rotterdam and Marseille before the Tour was suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Unfortunately for world No. 20 Felix Auger-Aliassime, he lost both finals and now he is still waiting for a maiden ATP title as he is 0-5 in five ATP finals played.