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VENUS comments on some American crowds

From the APR-18 FCC post match interview:
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VENUS WILLIAMS: Everybody has been so wonderful. Everyone has been such a huge fan. I've never played in front of such a crowd that was so supportive of me.



Q. Venus, what are the crowds usually like, and what's the support usually like at other places you go?



VENUS WILLIAMS: A lot of times I can be playing somewhere and it's right in the United States, and I can be playing someone who I don't even know how to pronounce her name, and you know, the crowd is very much rooting for the other player , so for me it's very unusual to come to a place and really everyone is just showing a lot of support.



Q. Do you think part of that might be because they want to see a longer match or --



VENUS WILLIAMS: I don't know.



Q. -- maybe want to see a three-set match?

VENUS WILLIAMS: I have no idea.
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How sad that VENUS and other minorties still face racial bias by a good number of the other citizens in the U.S.

Oh well, at least she is happy and successful and time may make things better regarding this issue.

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How smart of Venus to duck the question as to 'why'. She gains nothing by answering that question, except hostility. If they want the opinion of a Williams,let them ask Orecene Pryce. I'm sure she'll give them an earful.

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again the race card is brought up

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again the race card is brought up
And again it's invalidated by someone with no clue.
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again the race card is brought up
Wow, you mean there's actual racial bias in the United States? I had no idea. VENUS certainly never said anything about that in the interview. Thanks for pointing that out to me.

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Why can't we just be estatic that Vee got a standing ovation and say look this is how civilized people behave?

It's a happy day. Sorry it's a happy Week. Venus is happy. Let's be happy. Why initiate negativity when there are so many willing to do it for you?

She was appreciative of the crowd. I'm glad she noticed how special she was treated. She voiced her appreciation and why she found it special. We will never ever know the true motives of man or convince teenagers of anything so why try? Whether the Williamsx2 treatment is 100% racially motivated or 2% racially motivated isn't the main issue for us. It's the fact that we feel they aren't treated well by their home country for whatever reason, no? I mean if they got the same treatment because people don't like tennis players with middle names of Ebone would we really be any happier with her treatment?

Venus doesn't bring up race cause she knows she doesn't have to. It's not up to her to decide what evil lurks in people's heart now is it? She leaves that up to up to each individual to decide on their own. Everyone knows they're still racists in the world.. hell the white guy sitting next to me actually used the phrase those "ugly chinese" girls...speaking about a doubles team of two Asian girls and I don't think either one of them was Chinese (actually one of them was probably Janet Lee? ) but lets see if anyone thinks that statement wasn't racist or have a justification for it?
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Why can't we just be estatic that Vee got a standing ovation and say look this is how civilized people behave?

It's a happy day. Sorry it's a happy Week. Venus is happy. Let's be happy. Why initiate negativity when there are so many willing to do it for you?

She was appreciative of the crowd. I'm glad she noticed how special she was treated. She voiced her appreciation and why she found it special. We will never ever know the true motives of man or convince teenagers of anything so why try? Whether the Williamsx2 treatment is 100% racially motivated or 2% racially motivated isn't the main issue for us. It's the fact that we feel they aren't treated well by their home country for whatever reason, no? I mean if they got the same treatment because people don't like tennis players with middle names of Ebone would we really be any happier with her treatment?

Venus doesn't bring up race cause she knows she doesn't have to. It's not up to her to decide what evil lurks in people's heart now is it? She leaves that up to up to each individual to decide on their own. Everyone knows they're still racists in the world.. hell the white guy sitting next to me actually used the phrase those "ugly chinese" girls...speaking about a doubles team of two Asian girls and I don't think either one of them was Chinese (actually one of them was probably Janet Lee? ) but lets see if anyone thinks that statement wasn't racist or have a justification for it?
Great post
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Maybe, in the future, other U.S. venues will emulate the Charleston fans.

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Great to see Venus getting Support. Expect a VERY PRO VENUS crowd at the NEXT ALL Williams USopen GS final! (If one does happen).
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Maybe, in the future, other U.S. venues will emulate the Charleston fans.
Yea Tee, maybe when you guys have mustered enough courage to send George Bush where he belongs


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Maybe, in the future, other U.S. venues will emulate the Charleston fans.
I wouldn't hold my breath.
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Wow, Charleston has some great fans.

Rocketta great post, I would rep u but I think I have to spread the love first.

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Apparently VENUS thought very carefully about her answer and subsequent responses, therefore, some of you should reread her answer and re-evaluate what she meant by her statement.

Until some of you don black skin, grow up in Compton or Watts, are stopped for no reason by the police, are pressured to go to substandard secondary schools and experience bias in higher education and the corporate environment and society in general, then you should perhaps, give a further in depth research on this topic to help you to comprehend the response made by VENUS.

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Guess what?! They don´t need it....it doesn´t matter if the crowd is pro or against them, they still are gonna wipe ass!!!!

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Apparently VENUS thought very carefully about her answer and subsequent responses, therefore, some of you should reread her answer and re-evaluate what she meant by her statement.

Until some of you don black skin, grow up in Compton or Watts, are stopped for no reason by the police, are pressured to go to substandard secondary schools and experience bias in higher education and the corporate environment and society in general, then you should perhaps, give a further in depth research on this topic to help you to comprehend the response made by VENUS.
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