“I know firsthand that sexism and racism institutions and the media slander women and people of color in order to minimize, smash and demonize us,” Williams wrote on social media. “We must recognize our obligation to decipher malicious, unfounded gossip and tabloid journalism. The psychological consequences of systemic oppression and victimization are devastating, isolating, and all too often fatal. “

Meghan, whose interview with her husband Harry aired on CBS prime time on Sunday night, became friends with Williams at a flag football game during Super Bowl week of 2014. Since then, the relationship with Williams and her husband has deepened. Alexis Ohanian attended Meghan and Harry’s wedding in 2018 and Williams threw a baby shower for Meghan in 2019. Meghan sought William’s advice on dealing with paparazzi when she started dating Harry.

“I told her, ‘You have to be who you are, Meghan,'” Williams told Vanity Fair in 2017.

In an interview with Winfrey, Meghan, who is biracial, accused the royal household of raising concerns about how dark their children’s skin tone would be, which Harry confirmed. Meghan and Harry announced in an interview that they are expecting a daughter this summer; Williams, who gave birth to daughter Olympia in September 2017, expressed hope that their girls would not face the same problems.

“I want Meghan’s daughter, my daughter and your daughter to live in a society that is driven by respect,” she wrote. “Keep in your memory, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, kindness, faith, mildness, self-control. There is no law against such things.

“I’m so proud of you for being so brave,” she added. “I know it’s never easy. You are strong – both you and Harry. I love you. I adore you. Your friends”

Williams was an outspoken advocate of women’s empowerment and positive body image. In a 2015 New York Times story, Williams admitted it was a journey to feel comfortable in her powerful body. It’s one that got her to the cover of Vogue, a place usually reserved for celebrities and models, and ESPN, the magazine’s body issue.

“I don’t touch any weight because I’m already super fit and super cut, and if I look at weights at all, I’m getting taller,” she told The Times’ Ben Rothenberg. “For years I only did thera bands and the like because that’s how I felt. But then I realized that you really have to learn to accept who you are and love who you are. I am very happy with my body type and very proud of it. Obviously it works for me. I talk all the time about how uncomfortable it was for someone like me to be in my body. “

Bernice King, daughter of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., tweeted on Sunday: “Royalty is not a shield from the devastation and despair of racism.” Williams has described that this also applies to the tennis superstar. In 2016, she took stock of where she fits into the social and racial landscape and how different the debate could be about whether she’s one of the greats in sport, if only …

“I think if I were a man I would have been in that conversation a long time ago,” Williams said in an interview for ESPN’s The Undefeated.

“I think being a woman is just a whole new set of problems in society to deal with and being black. So there is a lot to do – and especially recently. I was able to stand up for women’s rights because I think this is lost in color or in cultures. Women make up so much of this world, and if I were a man I would have been 100 percent considered the greatest of all time long ago. “

As a woman and African American in a sport that has long been dominated by whites, Williams had to overcome a self-sustaining instinct to suppress her opinion, which Markle undoubtedly identified with when she joined the royal family.

“It’s very challenging,” Williams told The Undefeated, “because sometimes when things are obviously wrong and obviously unfair and obviously racist or sexist, I just have to put on a bold smile and not let anyone know how I feel . ” the inside so that they don’t get that satisfaction even though I would die inside. “

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