Serena Williams, United States, Steve Inskeep discussed on Morning Edition
Afternoon, we're expecting highs from the mid sixty s to the upper eighties. The winds will be westerly from ten to twenty miles per hour. This morning, then increasing to between twenty and thirty miles per hour this afternoon, the time is eight forty six. It's morning edition from NPR news. I'm Steve Inskeep. And I'm Rachel Martin. There's growing fallout of the US open women's final in which the empire. Find Serena Williams for three code violations Williams accused the umpire Carlos Ramos of treating her differently because she's a woman now tennis fans and others say racism is at play to Toby orbiting has been thinking about all this since the open last weekend. She's a writer based in London joins us now. Thanks so much for being here. Thank you for having me, you say, this is not just about sexism. There is a an element a threat of racism here that this is about how society response to or manipulates, black female anger. How south? Yeah. I think I'm love is a familiar with a ten and this combined discrimination, racism, and sexism, and at the heart of massaging wa and because he only affects black women is a caricature angry black woman that black women when they show emotions obviously angry, and it humanizes us any stops. I share information. So when Serena felt she was being treated unfairly. And she showed her anger was the reaction will be that. She was a cheetah. I think people tried to reduce as angry black woman. Oh, they were appalled at dot com. Ca show such emotion is such a public way. And I think that has been part of the backlash as we've seen when it's been discussed on Saturn platforms publications and even when people have drawn and that interpretation of how series of events that happened in US open unfolded, right? I mean, we think about John McEnroe who yes was censured from time to time for his anger. But he drew on it. It was part of his popularity. Yeah. Yeah. And we know that anytime we've seen it before even when Michelle Obama had emotions. You know, people who didn't politically agree with her or her husband's beliefs richest opinions to being an angry black woman to silence her and this is not just in school. This is just comments you the experience of black women across the wild. There. You mentioned the images some of the cartoons that have come out after this. There was one in Australian tabloid the herald sun. Yes. Gone viral to pick a depicts Serena Williams. Drawn with all these exaggerated features clearly a racist bent here. How did you respond to that? I think it was one of disgust by wasn't surprised. And I think it was discussed that it was a lot to get past editors. But not surprised because again, it's kind of a black woman who it is kind of like they didn't want a black replaced by think the thing that we have to also realize was how lamb soccer was also drawn and she's half Haitian half. Japanese Shuster joins us, a what go, and I think that's really important to remember that you had someone who was as he roic and good and within her place because she didn't show it. Well, she had no reason to be upset it apart from the ending of the match, and she had blonde hair, and it was straight mystery. No, she has blown tips in her hair. But that looks nothing like I she's completely whitewashed. Is this opening up something new in Tennyson in sports right now? Yeah. I think we need to have. I think we need to understand that. Black women and their talents, especially in sports are treated suspicion and Venus was also accused of cheating by 'em Carlos Ramos, and the bigger picture is we have to remember that Serena is constantly drug tested. Even though she'd never been found positive of drugs talent, speak treat with suspicion. I think we need to understand how different she's treat to have white counterpart. And what the roots are of that Toby orbiting a London-based writer. Thank you so much for your time this morning, we appreciate. Stay with us now for the California report. It'll be coming up shortly. First though, it's back to Peter Finch for another look at Tuesday morning traffic,.