Serena Williams Speaks out on Police Brutality: "I Won't Be Silent"

Read her entire statement here.

Serena Williams is known to be outspoken or direct on the court — but her latest statement comes via her own Facebook. The tennis star is the latest public figure to speak out against police brutality, pledging “I won’t be silent.”

Serena opens by explaining how she asked her 18-year-old nephew to drive her to meetings before she noticed a cop car on the side of the road. Then she immediately thought of Philando Castile, a man whose death went viral after his girlfriend captured an office shoot him  to death on Facebook Live. “I would never forgive myself if something happened to my nephew,” she continues. “He’s so innocent.”

“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.”

Read the rest of her post below.

PhotographerAnnie Leibovitz/Vogue
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