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Serena Williams expresses concern over racial tension

Serena Williams at a news conference after winning

Serena Williams at a news conference after winning the women's singles final during the 2016 Wimbledon Championships tennis tournament at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon on July 9, 2016. Credit: AFP/Getty Images / JON BUCKLE

WIMBLEDON, England— It didn’t take long for the British media to ask Wimbledon champion Serena Williams about the growing racial tension across the pond.

“I feel anyone in my color in particular is of concern,” Williams said when asked yesterday about the police shootings of African-Americans in Louisiana and Minnesota last week.

“I do have nephews that I’m thinking, ‘Do I have to call them and tell them, don’t go outside? If you get in your car, it might be the last time I see you?’

“That is something that I think is of great concern, because it will be devastating. They’re good kids. I don’t think the answer is to continue to shoot our young black men in the United States. Or just black people in general.”

She also decried the sniper ambush on Thursday that left five Dallas police officers dead.

“The shooting in Dallas was very sad,” she said. “No one deserves to lose their life, doesn’t matter what color they are, where they’re from. We’re all human. We have to learn that we have to love one another. It’s going to take a lot of education and a lot of work, I think, to get to that point.”


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