March 25th 2008 10:12:21 PM
While his daughters were playing earlier this month in Bangladore, India, where Venus reached the quarterfinals and Serena won the title, [father Richard] Williams told the Deccan Herald, “Well, I’m black and I’m prejudiced, very prejudiced. People are prejudiced in tennis. I don’t think Venus or Serena was ever accepted by tennis. They never will be.”
He said the media treated his daughters unfairly, that it was “the worst media job that they have done on any human being in the world,” and that if he were Serena and Venus, he would have quit playing.
“But if you get some little white no-good trasher in America like Tracy Austin or Chris Evert, who cannot hit the ball, they (the media) will claim this is great,” he said.
Now, I never even followed tennis, yet all I remember hearing is “Venus…Venus…Serena..Serena…Venus…Serena…” In fact, the only names I can presently recall in tennis are Andre Agassi, John McEnroe, and Venus and Serena Williams — and the retired lesbian from Czechoslovakia. Even the blond Russian names escape memory, which means they’re not as ingrained.
As Richard Williams himself admits, he is just projecting. After all, the media loves when minorities beat white people in anything.