Originally Posted by harloo
It's ok to give your criticism, but why the attacks? It's highly unprofessional and who gives a fuck about Peter Bodo?
I'd expect nothing less from him and
many of these so-called professionals when it
comes to anything and everything Venus does
As far as race, IMO.
It comes down to the media's double standard and the perpetuation by
the media that causes some people to feel the racial undertones!
Strong, intelligent, and opinionated black women are found intimidating by a certain section of the masses, which is even more magnified in such a high profile sport that has historically been seen as "lilly white".
When the Sisters have been boastful, unabashed, and seen as arrogant, the media was forever taking them to task on their attitudes and personalities so much so that you never saw it with their white counterparts or the media coverage of them overshadowed what ever may have been reported of their counterparts.
The impressions for many black people and people of color especially in America with racial issues that are as still hot today as they ever were, (even if people don't want to admit it) is that if they where blonde haired, blue-eyed, and white and had their same type of success, it would be more widely accepted and not made a big an issue.
IMO, their are still many people in tennis and outside who find them intimidating because they are black, but also because they speak their minds and don't hold back and women historically are called, "bitches" and such and ostrasized for being in places of power doing nothing more or less than their male counterparts! Being black in this case is like a double whammy!
You don't see all this drama on the men's side and I
doubt you ever would under any circustances at this point.
Also, over the years we've seen and heard many people comment negatively on the sisters appearance, because of their muscle and build. When it was simply nothing more than genetics and yet it was another thing they had to endure.
So, when you're coming to the table having dealt with these issues and them hitting you in the face and what not, it's not hard to see why many people would call him a "racist" or bring race into it.
Now, this is just my take and for me, don't know about others, but I've always sensed the racial undertones in the tennis world ever since I started following tennis which was on like 4 years ago. Issues that are their but people pretend like they aren't.
So, I always come into these articles and what not being quite sinical unless or until I read and then form an opinion simply because I feel what's their but not being said.