As more and more high-profile athletes speak up to publicly condemn police brutality, Serena Williams says that she “won’t be silent” on the subject either. In an emotional Facebook post published Tuesday, the tennis superstar wrote that she could not stand to stay silent in the wake of a spate of police killings.
“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,’” she wrote.
Williams said that her 18-year-old nephew was driving her to a meeting on Tuesday when she saw a police car appear in the rearview mirror. She instinctively checked to make sure her nephew was obeying the speed limit.
“I remembered that horrible video of the woman in the car when a cop shot her boyfriend,” she wrote, referencing the death of Philando Castile. “All of this went through my mind in a matter of seconds. I even regretted not driving myself.”
Read the entirety of the post below.