Serena Williams speaks out on police brutality, Dallas shootings

Saturday July 9th, 2016

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After celebrating her Wimbledon title on Saturday, Serena Williams took a moment to address police brutality and race in the United States.

Williams was asked if she followed the events that took place in Dallas on Thursday, in which five police officers were killed by snipers at a protest. The proceedings were organized in solidarity after the separate killings of two black men, Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, by police officers earlier in the week.

“I feel anyone in my color in particular is of concern,” Williams said. “I do have nephews that I'm thinking, Do I have to call them and tell them, ‘Don't go outside.’ If you get in your car, it might be the last time I see you.

“That is something that I think is of great concern because it will be devastating. They're very good kids.  I don't think that the answer is to continue to shoot our young black men in the United States.  It's just unfortunate.  Or just black people in general.

“Also obviously violence is not the answer of solving it. The shooting in Dallas was very sad. No one deserves to lose their life, doesn't matter what color they are, where they're from. We're all human. We have to learn that we have to love one another.  It's going to take a lot of education and a lot of work, I think, to get to that point.

“But I think, in general, the entire situation is extremely sad, especially for someone like me.  It's something that is very painful to see happening.”

WERTHEIM: Serena victorious again

Williams tweeted earlier in the week about the killing of Castile in St. Paul, Minn.

Williams’s win on Saturday marked her 22nd major title.

With the victory, she tied Steffi Graf for major wins.


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