Serena Williams, United States, Lamia Asaka discussed on Morning Edition

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Of showers and thunderstorms for this Tuesday. Highs near seventy seven degrees. Some of those storms could be heavy at times locally again. The chance of rain tonight and more rain expected tomorrow right now, sixty three degrees with some fog and mist in New York City. It's morning edition from NPR news. I'm Steve Inskeep. And I'm Rachel Martin. There's growing fallout over the US open women's final in which the empire. Find Serena Williams for three code violations Williams accused the empire 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 and joins us now. Thanks so much for being here. Thank you for having me, you say, this is not just about sexism. There's a an element a threat of racism here that this is about how society responds to or manipulates, black female anger. How sal? Yeah. I think I'm lovers. I'm a familiar with the ten suddenly Noah, and this combined discrimination of racism, and sexism and misogyny wa because he only affects black women is a caricature of the angry black woman that black women when they show emissions obviously angry and humanizes us stops sharing information. So when Serena felt she being treated unfairly, and she showed her anger towards the reaction will be out the insinuation that. She was a cheetah I think people tried to reduce as angry black woman. Oh, they were appalled that could show such emotion such a public way. And I think has been of the backlash as we've seen when it's been discussed on certain tat phone publications, and even when people have drawn and that interpretation of how the 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. Yeah. And we know that anytime we've seen it before even when Michelle Obama had emissions. You know, people who didn't politically agree with how all her husband's beliefs richest opinions to being an angry black woman to silence, and this is not just in school. This is just comments. You the experience of black women across the world there. You mentioned the images some of the cartoons that have come out after this. There was one Australian tabloid the herald sun. Yes. Gone. Viral depicts Serena Williams. Drawn with all these exaggerated features clearly racist bent here. How did you respond to that? I think there was two my shins. It was one of the best buy wasn't surprised. And I think it was discussed that it was a lot to get past editors. And but not surprised because again is kind of at black woman who is kind of like, they didn't want black no place. But I think the thing that we have to also realize was how Lamia Asaka was also drawn and she's half Haitian half Japanese dramas, a white go. And I think that's really important to remember that you had someone who was seen as he wrote and good and within had place because she didn't show. She had no reason to be upset it apart from the ending of the match, and she had blonde hair, and it was straight. And yes, we know she has blond tips in her head. But that looks nothing like she's completely whitewashed. Is this opening up something new in Tennyson in sports right now? Yeah. I think we need to have come. I think we need to understand that. Black women and their talent. Especially in sports are treated with 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's never been found positive of drugs had talented, speak treat or suspicion. I think we need to understand how different issues tree. It's a how white counterpart the roots are of that Toby orbiting a London-based writer. Thank you so much for your time this morning, we appreciate it. This is NPR news. And this is WNYC. You're listening to morning edition. Good morning. I'm Richard Hake. Stay tuned coming up in Venezuela. The government censors the news media, so many people rely on platforms like Facebook and Twitter. Social media's been a lifeline for common. Venezuelan citizens who don't have access to newspapers or radio or television. But using social media can also put people in real danger in Venezuela. We'll have that story coming up in just about fifteen minutes..

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