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Serena Williams’ Response To Racist Comments: ‘Does My Sassiness Upset You?’

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Serena Williams’ Response To Racist Comments: ‘Does My Sassiness Upset You?’

The tennis star quoted Maya Angelou after Ilie Nastase’s alleged comments about Williams’ unborn child.

Serena Williams responded Monday to Ilie Nastase’s alleged racist comments about her unborn child.

Nastase was allegedly heard saying, “Let’s see what color it has. Chocolate with milk?” in Romanian when one of his players was discussing Williams’ pregnancy during a press conference. The former singles champion has a reputation for bad behavior and is nicknamed “Nasty.”

His comments were made in reference to Williams’ fiancé, Alexis Ohanian, who is white. Williams ― who announced her 20-week pregnancy last week ― addressed Nastase’s remark in a text post on Instagram.

It disappoints me to know that we live in a society where people like Ilie Nastase can make such racist comments towards myself and unborn child, and sexist comments against my peers,” Williams wrote in her Instagram post.

The mother-to-be made it clear that she was not about to be discouraged.

“This or anything else will not stop me from pouring love, light and positivity into everything I do,” Williams added. “I will continue to take a lead and stand up for what’s right. I am not afraid, unlike…

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