2016 US Open - Day 4

Yesterday, Serena Williams used her platform to speak out about police brutality by sharing a deeply personal anecdote.

In the honest message, Serena writes, “Today I asked my 18 year old nephew (to be clear he’s black) to drive me to my meetings so I can work on my phone #safteyfirst. In the distance I saw cop on the side of the road. I quickly checked to see if he was obliging by the speed limit.”

She continues, “Than [sic] I 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. I even regretted not driving myself. I would never forgive myself if something happened to my nephew. He’s so innocent. So were all ‘the others’…”

“Why did I have to think about this in 2016? Have we not gone through enough, opened so many doors, impacted billions of lives? But I realized we must stride on- for it’s not how far we have come but how much further still we have to go,” she goes on before concluding.

“I than [sic] wondered than have I spoken up? I had to take a look at me. What about my nephews? What if I have a son and what about my daughters? As Dr. Martin Luther King said  ‘There comes a time when silence is betrayal’. I Won’t Be Silent.”

Serena isn’t the only one who’s recently shared her voice.

Read more statements from celebrities speaking up about #BlackLivesMatter.

SOURCE: Facebook | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty

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