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Yvette Carnell: No, Caroline Wozniacki’s Impersonation of Serena Williams Was Not Racist

*Sigh* …. For once, I’d like to see the media focus on important news. But tennis player Caroline Wozniacki stuffing her bra and skirt with padding and prancing onto the courts in an  impersonation of Serena Williams is not news, and it’s not racist (or sexist) either.

Before jumping on the “that’s racist!” bandwagon, did  Wozniacki’s critics pause long enough to realize that impersonations are sort of a “thing” in tennis, that  Novak Djokovic  imitated rivals Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, as well as women’s stars Williams and Sharapova?

(Maybe Bo knows baseball, and Bo knows football, but Bo don’t know ‘ish about tennis.)

Oh, and did anyone take a moment to note that Serena Williams tweets pictures of her own curves, with captions like, ‘Do they make Brazilian bikinis for, um, well, me?

Serena’s curvy, so what? And so what if her friend Caroline Wozniacki decided to poke a bit of fun at her curves?

You know what, it’s time for African-Ameicans to get over ourselves. 

We’re not deities. We’re not special. And there is no expectation that we should be shielded from criticism, or that no one should be allowed to poke a little fun at us. Riddle me this: Would you have derided Serena Williams as racist if she had flattened her chest, dawned a blonde wig, and impersonated Wozniacki? Of course not, but let anyone make fun of blacks, and everyone runs for a swooning fan.

And even if someone is behaving as a racist, who cares? As long as it doesn’t directly impact your life, why does it matter what Joe Blow has to say? Do you require the validation of others? Is your self esteem really so fragile that you can’t shrug it off?

When people who actually are racist disparage African-Americans, it is more of a projection of their fear than it is an assessment of our inferiority. When you know that, own it, and live your life based upon that knowledge, ignoring the peanut gallery becomes pretty easy.

It is ironic, however, that a people who fought so long to be free are now chained to the ideas and opinions of others. Seems to me that it’s time to get off the long road of victimhood and exit onto freedom route. It’s time to move on.

Yvette Carnell is a former Capitol Hill and campaign staffer turned writer. She is currently an editor and contributor to Yourblackworld. You can reach Yvette via Twitter @YvetteDC or on Facebook.



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