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Serena Williams Responds To Racially-Charged Comments About Her Unborn Child

Serena Williams (photosSerena Williams photos) is responding to comments made by Romanian tennis captain Ilie Nastase about her pregnancy.

This after during a recent press conference held at the Fed Cup in Romania, Nastase said of Williams' child: "Let's see what color it has. Chocolate with milk?"

The tennis star is engaged to Alexis Ohanian, who is white.

"It disappoints me to know 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," she says in a post on social media about the former world number one who is being investigated by the International Tennis Federation for the comments.

"I have said it once and I'll say it again, this world has come so far but yet we have so much further to go. Yes, we have broken down so many barriers—however there are a plethora more to go."

She then quoted Maya Angelous's 'Still I Rise' poem, "This or anything else will not stop me from pouring love, light and positivity into everything that I do. I will continue to take a lead and stand for what's right."

"I am not afraid unlike you. You see, I am no coward. Does my sassiness upset you? Why are you beset with gloom? You may shoot me with your words…you may try to kill me with your hatefulness, but still like air, I rise."

She then thanked the ITF for investigating the allegations and said they have "my full support."

April 25, 2017 |

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