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Serena Williams raises voice, says 'I won't be silent' on police violence against black people

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 10 February 2017, 1:46 IST

Serena Williams has voiced her fears about police violence, writing on Facebook: "I won't be silent."

Serena Williams has said that she won't be silent about the police violence against black people.

Last night, in her Facebook post, Serena said, "I won't be silent."

The US tennis star posted that she felt wary of law enforcement during a recent journey with her teenage nephew.

As she drove by a patrol car, William said that she remembered about the woman whose boyfriend was shot dead by the police.

Williams was probably referring to the 6 July shooting of Philando Castile, whose girlfriend live-streamed the confrontation with police in St Paul, Minnesota.

Serena Williams Facebook post:

In Tuesday's Facebook post, Williams, 35, wrote that she had asked her 18-year-old nephew to drive her somewhere so she could work during the journey.

She said that when she saw a police car she "remembered that horrible video of the woman in the car when a cop shot her boyfriend". "All of this went through my mind in a matter of seconds," she added.

The Grand Slam champ said she checked her nephew had not crossed the speed limit so they would not get pulled over, and then regretted not having driven herself.

"I would never forgive myself if something happened to my nephew," Williams wrote. "He's so innocent. So were all 'the others.'"

"I am a total believer that not 'everyone' is bad It is just the ones that are ignorant, afraid, uneducated, and insensitive that is affecting millions and millions of lives."

Williams quoted Martin Luther King Jr, writing: "There comes a time when silence is betrayal."

She added: "I Won't Be Silent".

Williams' facebook status has come after San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick refused to stand for the national anthem earlier this month protesting the brutality that black people have to face.

According to Black Lives Matter monitoring group, Mapping Police Violence, around 214 black people have been killed by US police in 2016 till now.

First published: 28 September 2016, 7:38 IST