An Ode to Black Excellence

With all the negativity, I thought I would just take a moment to celebrate black excellence in the form of athleticism. 33 year old Serena Williams has once again proved her amazing skills and has once again won the Wimbledon title.
The love and admiration I have for Serena is so immense right now. Her and Venus have been killing the white male-dominated sport and Serena is the top player of the WTA tour.

Here is where this story takes on a darker tone. Serena has been slaying the game for year, and has beaten out Maria Sharpova for seventeen times, yet despite all of this, Sharpova makes over 22 million dollars in endorsements while Serena only makes 11 million dollars. It’s this type of system that makes the saying “You have to work twice as hard to get half of a everyone else has. We continue to see Serena take everyone down and be that leader, yet Sharpova’s whiteness allows her to make way more than Serena.
In this society, Black women and Latina women only make fractions of the dollars, even less than the amount of money a white woman makes. Yet people are surprised that people get offended that women of color are upset by the hashtag. In this world, white women are seen as beautiful as is, regardless of other aspects simply because they are white. Black, Latina, and other women of color are often objectified and sexualized so much due to the standard of whiteness as beauty.

To see a strong Black woman as powerful as Serena still get denied the money and power she deserves, it is a reminder that hard work alone from Black people isn’t enough and that we need to confront the foundation of our lives and our country is we ever expect it to get better. Thanks for reading!

-JW

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6 thoughts on “An Ode to Black Excellence

  1. Personally, I don’t think she needed to prove black excellence because it’s already readily apparent. There are countless people of color who have wonderful accomplishments, just as every other color. : )

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    1. Black excellence is definitely not very apparent, because the media does a very good job of slandering black people and people of color. I’ll write a post about this, but the standard of norms is whiteness, and blackness is seen as below whiteness/less than, thus making it necessary to constantly reaffirm the excelling of black people and people of color.

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      1. Viewing people of color as less than is a social process which does not exempt anyone no matter how much they wish to ignore it or put it aside. It is a part of white privilege.

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