Serena Williams

Serena Williams is Engaged to A White Man—And People Have Already Started

[OPINION] It's about to be a new year, but some folks are singing the same old song

by Shantell E. Jamison, December 29, 2016

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Serena Williams

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In 2016…hell almost 2017, you would think that folks wouldn’t trip over interracial dating.

But social media continues to let us know that prejudice thinking individuals are still alive and well. When news broke that Serena Williams was engaged to Reddit co-founder, Alexis Ohanian, a White man, as usual, folks got to talking.

I hate to say it, but every time a Black woman—or man for that matter—gets engaged to a member of another race or ethnicity, prejudice and racist folks alike come a stomping. I used to think that these types of sentiments were limited to White, Anglo Saxon individuals who grew up in minuscule towns, but as I mature, I’m learning that a “separate but equal” mentality thrives in America and beyond– regardless of your race—especially when it comes to love and marriage.

I get it. Interracial dating isn’t your cup of tea. But to outright judge a celebrity who you do not know…and frankly fellas, had a VERY small chance of snagging is just ridiculous.

Understand one thing: everyone has the power of CHOICE.

We all live our lives and love who we love on our own terms. And referring to Ms. Williams’ fiance as “the enemy” is just downright silly. 

Serena and Alexis are engaged and appear to be happy. She’s had relationships with more than a few brothas…and hell, it didn’t pan out. Such is life. Not saying a brotha couldn’t snag her for the long haul, but it wasn’t like she didn’t give yal a chance. Plus, who Serena Williams, or any woman who you aren’t dating for that matter, has NOTHING to do with you.

Just sayin.’

For some of you, love will never be colorblind. But do not expect those who can see beyond one’s race to think at your level. Because frankly, who has time to be stuck in 1967

 

 
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