you took the words right out of my mouth.
i cant say i am suprised AT ALL by this. race and racism are deeply ingrained. some people just dont care to address reality they just want to gloss things over.
for example you can go right now to GM and see Serena called "ghetto" among other things. it is pure racist vitriol to go there because no one ever called jen cap that or mac or any of the other players who have Break downs like that.
moral: you cant gloss race over, you need to take it on full steam address it, acknowledge but dont let it cloud your mind or judgment.
One main conclusion I drew through my own personal investigation of race and other social experiments was that different ethnicities think differently. Of course there are various cultural similarities (foods, music, theater, dance, etc...). However, when the essence of the individual morals, ethics, and core beliefs are broached, we then discover the undercurrent of what drives an individual and how race may be interlaced with many of the decisions that we make.
I once debated this very point with my best friend (who is a White male from Colorado) and he just couldn't wrap his mind around this concept. This was very early in our friendship stage.
He once told me, some years ago, that if he wanted something he just took it. He felt that since the US is the world's superpower, that it is well within our right to invade other countries and do whatever it takes to claim that land or resource. I was shocked!!
But then he's also a student of Darwin's Natural Selection. We nearly came to blows when i told him that I felt Darwin's theories pertained maninly to the lower species of animals and also how nature maintained it's balance. Lower animals can't reason or logically analyze the complexities that occur in daily life like Humans do. Therefore, nature weeds out those entities that can't co-exist within a particular environment. Of course, that's my own personal belief, but he took it hard.
Every Black man or woman that I've ever spoken to feels the opposite, when it comes to invading other nations. Including myself.
It may have to do with events that occurred some 400 years ago with our ancestors, or it may even be something innate.
Now, I'm not suggesting that ALL Whites feel or think it is their natural right to invade other nations, just because we ca, because I know plenty who do not believe this. However, a great number of White Americans do and have supported this line of thinking. And I offer the Iraq war as the latest example.
As for the people in GM...
There is no way that these folks who've never liked Serena in the first place, would ever view an incident that she's involved in, objectively.
I too noticed that rather than question the call, they question Serena's attitude and completely discount the bad-call patterns during US Open slams that both Venus and Serena get called on. And rather than argue with them, I post one or two points and leave.
There are folks all over this board who don't even realize that they harbor racists views. but let their daughter or son bring home a Black friend (boyfriend or girlfriend) and their parents will blow a gasket.
I;ve tell my kids to make as many friends with as many ethnicities as possible. Then i tell them to judge the "individual", not the group.
As the grew they asked me questions based upon their own observations pertaining to various ethnic groups. I then give them feedback on my observations. That's how we handle "race" in my household.
Minority Americans have to live in two distinct worlds.
One is the world of the majority, and the other, their own.
As a Black male, we must be extremely care what we say, how we look, where we're standing, who our friends are, and how we carry ourselves.
Whites just need to be themselves and they are accepted.
Tennis is the perfect example of what I speak. Look at Jennifer Capriati and how she acted on a regular during her matches. She was a tyrrant. A talented one, but a tyrant nonetheless. look at John McEnroe's court behavior. America LOVED these two troublemakers. Heck, even I enjoyed their antics.
But let Serena curse an idiot linesman out, and she's ENEMY #1.
Just another solid inarguable example of the world we live in, and must traverse.