Weekend Open Thread – A Tribute to the G.O.A.T. – Serena Williams

I remember reading about the Williams Sisters in Sports Illustrated, when Richard Williams was being vilified for his stance about not letting his daughters play in all those Junior tournaments…

Who did this Negro think he was?

They made such a statement….those pretty Black girls, in their cornrows with beads..so unapologetically Black.

THAT is always what reeked from the Williams Sisters…they were unapologetically Black. Black Excellence in a White Sport.

I was watching the year that Serena won her first U.S. Open.

Her in that yellow dress, along with her beads. Was stunned. Like everyone else, I thought Venus would win the first Grand Slam.

But, there she was – the teenager on Center Court.

Now, here she is…23 years later.

Serena Williams – the greatest to play the game. And, she couldn’t just play the game. The criticism she had hurled at her. The racist crucible with which she was surrounded in all throughout her career. Never getting the depth of the respect and honor that should have come to her because of her excellence.

I am so glad to have lived during the Williams Sisters’ Era. To see such wondrous Black Excellence.

Raising the fist in honor of the G.O.A.T.


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9 Responses to Weekend Open Thread – A Tribute to the G.O.A.T. – Serena Williams

  1. rikyrah says:

    Merlisa (@merlisa) tweeted at 11:24 AM on Tue, Sep 06, 2022:
    My response to Margaret Court’s attempt to minimize Serena Williams:

    ‘Here come Miss Ann’: Black people know the likes of Margaret Court all too well https://t.co/qrpYbny9Wd

  2. rikyrah says:

    Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) tweeted at 5:52 PM on Sun, Sep 04, 2022:
    Here’s @HouseGOP’s Extreme MAGA Agenda:

    1. Criminalize women’s health care by banning abortion nationwide
    2. Harm seniors by dismantling Social Security & Medicare
    3. Attack Democracy by undermining elections

    Republicans are For Their Power. Democrats put #PeopleOverPolitics.

  3. rikyrah says:

    chris evans (@notcapnamerica) tweeted at 2:28 AM on Wed, Sep 07, 2022:
    Margaret Court is the perfect encapsulation of the term “white feminism.”

  4. rikyrah says:

    Gabe Sanchez  (@iamgabesanchez) tweeted at 10:36 PM on Fri, Sep 02, 2022:
    I’ll never forget the time when Serena Williams was walking through Dolores Park and challenged two random guys to a tennis match. And she played them in furry boots!

    Congratulations to @serenawilliams on an illustrious career! 🐐🏆🎾 https://t.co/qkrU78bhgF

  5. rikyrah says:

    Rhiannon Potkey (@RPotkey) tweeted at 9:24 PM on Fri, Sep 02, 2022:
    I was pretty disappointed after this loss. But my coach told me to save this photo because “one day that girl will win a lot of Grand Slams.”

    I am glad I listened. Thank you #Serena for a lifetime of inspiration. 🐐 https://t.co/uU1QSf8OQ9

  6. rikyrah says:

    Dixie Scott (@DixieScott) tweeted at 10:26 PM on Fri, Sep 02, 2022:
    An astonishing champion. Not just in her sport but for all women. Showing that she could reach the top of her profession, but choose to leave on her own terms to have another child. Kind of like it was her choice, her families choice-as it should be for every woman. Respect! ❤️

  7. rikyrah says:

    Sherrilyn Ifill (@SIfill_) tweeted at 9:30 PM on Fri, Sep 02, 2022:
    So proud of this young woman. Teaching us all to fight to the end. That our reserves are deeper than we think. That we exit on our own terms leaving a standard of excellence. An astonishing champion. #SerenaWilliams
    ⁦@usopen⁩ https://t.co/teCs2CMvSA

  8. rikyrah says:

    Douglas Emhoff (@SecondGentleman) tweeted at 9:32 PM on Fri, Sep 02, 2022:
    .@SerenaWilliams has inspired all of us with her grit, grace, and fearlessness on and off the court. It is her legacy that we will build on as we continue to fight for equal pay and gender equality in sports.

  9. rikyrah says:

    She is the G.O.A.T.👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾

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