Venus Williams says racism is not only a ‘black issue’ and urges people to speak out ‘every day until all is equal for African Americans’

Venus Williams sends powerful message to fans about the 'Black Lives Matter' movement
Venus Williams sends powerful message to fans about the 'Black Lives Matter' movement (Zuma Press/PA Images)
15:56pm, Tue 09 Jun 2020
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US tennis star Venus Williams has said that racism is not just a ’black issue’ and that people should speak out ’every day until all is equal for African Americans’.

The 39 year-old was ’brought to tears’ after seeing ’the solidarity that erupted’ across all the states in US, as protesters marched to show their support for the ’Black Lives Matter’ movement.

Williams, the seven-time Grand Slam champion, wrote on her Instagram: "I am deeply saddened that it has taken multiple acts of police brutality to make people painfully aware of the racism that still pervades America.

“This just scratches the surface of the hideous face of racism in America.”

She urged her fans to think about the racism going on in the work place, justice system and healthcare system in the US.

She also said people need to understand that just as sexism is not only a ’women’s issue’, racism is not only a ’black issue’.

The five-time Wimbledon champion referenced her tennis career, adding: "When we fought for and won equal prize money, everyone pitched in, men and women, all colours all races. And we won.

“When the majority groups stay quiet, when they sit in the chair of disbelief, they unwittingly condone the oppression of marginalized groups.

"Those with power and privilege actually have an easier time getting heard. They must CONTINUALLY exercise that privilege!

“Keep speaking out. Speak out today, tomorrow, next month, next year, each and every day until all is equal for African Americans.”

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