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Serena Williams speaks out on sexism and racism following Oprah interview with Meghan Markle

Serena Williams has taken to Twitter to speak out about the sexism and racism she has experienced "first-hand", following Harry and Meghan Markle's interview with Oprah Winfrey.

Serena Williams speaks out on sexism and racism following Oprah interview with Meghan Markle

William's tweeted her support for her "selfless friend" Meghan Markle after the interview was aired in the US and UK, where she took the opportunity to describe her experiences of sexism and racism as she rose to the summit of tennis.


"I know first-hand the sexism and racism institutions and the media use to vilify women and people of colour to minimise us, to break us down and demonise us.


"We must recognise our obligation to decry malicious, unfounded gossip and tabloid journalism.


"The mental health consequences of systemic oppression and victimisation are devastating, isolating, and all too often lethal."


"I want Meghan's daughter, my daughter, and your daughter to live in a society that is driven by respect," Williams added.


Fellow tennis star, Billie Jean King, also tweeted in her support: "Among the revelations from the Meghan and Harry interview is Meghan's struggle with mental health.


"Her honesty will hopefully lead to more acceptance and more help for those who need it."




Author: Jake Wilkin