While I did initially plan to sit down and enjoy Serena Williams while she served to win her 24th Grand Slam, I was unable to watch it in full and only managed to fully understand the rather for me unfortunate sequence of events much later.
I personally feel its a great time to be a black woman and to be a woman of colour but its important that we realise it that comes at a price and a great responsibility.
This morning I came across an article written by a New York Times Columnist Rebecca Traister.
Without a doubt Ramos was not going to let Serena Williams speak to him like that on live television without penalising her for it. The price would be high and could easily be attributed to her eventually loosing the final against an also very deserving opponent Osaka.
The physical differences and racial ones cannot be overlooked and being a rather strong looking woman myself I could relate to the way most of the Western press writes about her and to back this a rather carless and very ignorant Australian Cartoonist Marl Knight who by the way seems to have left Twitterville published an offensive and racist cartoon of the Athlete exaggerating her body parts in an effort to depict her as masculine.
Cartoon By Mark Knight who works for Herald Sun
My message is simple and I would like to echo the beautiful words of the Literary Legend of Maya Angelou, RISE!
Rise for yourself, rise for your sister no matter her race or her pedigree and do not be afraid to speak up whenever you feel side-lined, belittled, or unfairly treated.