The tennis star shared that while driving in the car with her nephew, who was behind the wheel, she began to worry about his safety after seeing a police car on the side of the road. In that moment, she said, she realized how easily someone she loves could end up like so many others.
“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… 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. Than I remembered that horrible video of the woman in the car when a cop shot her boyfriend,” Williams wrote to her more than 4 million followers.
“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 added.
“I [then] wondered … 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?”
Williams also quoted Dr. Martin Luther King‘s famous saying, “There comes a time when silence is betrayal.”
Williams ended the post saying, “I won’t be silent.”