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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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22 comments

  1. Ms. Carnell, is right. Bo don’t know tennis. I have seen other tennis players impersonate each other. It’s a tennis thang.

  2. Dear Yvette, Please go to work for FOX. I am sure they miss your symbolic token face to give the opinions about African Americans and our reaction their spin. You should at least present yourself truthfully. Please don’t tell me how to feel.

  3. Dear Yvette, Please go to work for FOX. I am sure they miss your symbolic token face to give the opinions about African Americans and our reaction their spin. You should at least present yourself truthfully. Please don’t tell me how to feel.

  4. Yvette must be hanging with Boyce these days… or, is bucking for Rush's seat! #STFU

  5. Ms. Carnell is an exceptional journalist and with much to contribute to our public conversation. Any time spent on subjects like this, robs our community of the opportunity to engage in meaningful discourse rather than indulge in foolishness and gossip designed to entertain. We get enough entertainment, gossip and foolishness watching BET. It’s more to our world then that.

  6. Ms. Carnell is an exceptional journalist and with much to contribute to our public conversation. Any time spent on subjects like this, robs our community of the opportunity to engage in meaningful discourse rather than indulge in foolishness and gossip designed to entertain. We get enough entertainment, gossip and foolishness watching BET. It’s more to our world then that.

  7. Ms. Carnell is an exceptional journalist and with much to contribute to our public conversation. Any time spent on subjects like this, robs our community of the opportunity to engage in meaningful discourse rather than indulge in foolishness and gossip designed to entertain. We get enough entertainment, gossip and foolishness watching BET. It’s more to our world then that.

  8. Yvette, like so many "journalists", twisted the facts to suit her needs. Serena only tweeted about the bikinis AFTER the antics of Caroline. As for your idiotic riddle, when has Serena ever mocked another player in the fashion you suggested? Go have several seats, in a cottonfield, somewhere, Auntie Tom!

  9. Yvette, As soon as you were drop out of your mother womb she must have place you under a rock…You must have just crawl out from under that rock….
    Or you are just plain dumb and stupid….or you are a victim of all of the above…….Believe me Serena will slice and dice this white girl. Here this flat ass and small breasts white trash trying to make fun of a fine fine Black talented lady…..I know we wish like hell she had Serena assets….She better not let her husband or boy friend come around Serena……….

  10. Ms. Carnell, I will pardon your ignorance…the blond tips have penetrated your brain.

  11. Something is rotten in the state of Denmark. Maybe it's the Dane Caroline. Or maybe with that last name she's just a dumb Polark. That's not racist either. I'm a stand up comedian! And I'm over myself.

  12. I don't agree with this analysis in the least. I'm not going to say it was racist but it was totally inappropriate and worth expressing our (well atleast my) outright disdain and disgust. She is on a level of athleticism which requires professionalism AT BEST! This mockery was down right trashy. "It's time for African Americans to get over ourselves" REALLY? How many times has a sista been ridiculed for being curvy, dark skinned, nappy headed! Is that ok too? We are special and as a sista we need to teach these young sistas that they are special whether curvy, nappy headed or dark as the night! Funny how blk folk always want to tell blk folk how to think, what to think etc SPEAK YOURSELF! This shyt was outright disgusting bottom line!

  13. As I always state; Will this change the cost of tea in China? If not, lets move on folks.

  14. Great insight into inferiority which Continues to plague us.
    Personally, I have always felt Serena's attire on the was Inappropriate.
    . She overcompensated to enhance her figure.
    She doesn't have to do that. Hopefully,time and maturity will change that.

    • What is inappropriate about Serena's attire? Does she not wear the same thing as the rest of the tennis players huh? PLEASE go have a seat!!

  15. Thank u yvette great article. U right all that racism is bs racism the structural racism is What really matters. Eveytime someone pokes fun or says black People its racist. Yale need to get over yourself and stop whining They do it alot with president obama too. Whineing bout This racism all the time minimize real racism, cause u Always crying wolf. Good article

    • Marcel
      I am whining about you talking like a damn fool……Go back to the sticks in the South and pick some cotton…….Most White people hate your guts you dumb stupid ignoramus….Where have you been the last four years under the rock with her…They don't have any respect for Obama….Then they tried to disenfranchise us Black folks and Latinos….What are they going to do to awaken you to the fact that they are racist pigs, call you a "nigger or a monkey or a stupid……

    • u live in ur 1950's world if u Want. subliminal racism not Really important and shouldn't be its structural that Really matters. no one cares bout this non issue racism. u insensitive and low self esteem and Always needed white People to approve me blacks do. but not. any real ones do

    • who cares if the girl making fun of a freind. this is not that serious. get over yourself u can be made fun aabd critcize by People.

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