I seriously doubt the media pointing out hypocrisies on the tour will make it worse for Venus and Serena. Isn't that part of the job of journalist to point out the failings of the tour? How is it suppose to get better?apoet29 said:
The media really needs to let go of the race issue with the sisters. Venus and Serena rarely bring it up and the more the media makes an issue of it, the more difficult it will be for the sisters.
Ted of Teds Tennis said:Rocketta:
One thing about the media is that *they're* often the ones who are hypocrites. I've found sportswriters to be some of the most bigoted people out there, and want to make race out to be an issue when it isn't.
I'm sure the reaction would be great! If your point is that two sentences should evoke the same emotion or reaction you are wrong. History will tell you why! Words are powerful but even more powerful coming from someone who holds a history of opressing your people. Like it or not that is a fact!Could you imaginge what the reaction would be if, say, Melanie Molitor called one of the Williams Sisters a "big black turkey"?
I wont go near this because I don't know the facts! I will ask, "Was that the first losing season for Ray Rhodes?"As a fan of American Football, I remember how certain members of the media (notably writers for the Milwaukee-Journal Sentinel) reacted rather viciously when the Green Bay Packers fired head coach Ray Rhodes after the 1999 season. When the Packers started off 0-2 the next season, these writers made a big deal about how it was the won-loss record that counted. But when the Packers finished the season with a better record than in 1999, did the JS writers admit to being wrong? No. Instead, they started getting irritated about how Marvin Lewis didn't get a head coaching job anywhere, and that was clearly due to racism. Indeed, I still don't think they've admitted to being wrong about the firing of Rhodes.
(Sorry for the OT rant.)
When have they not acted with grace?? Why would he critisize RW? He didn't critize anyone? He gave an accurate account of how things are in general. I'll have to go back and look but I don't think he talked about any one individual being racist?Vecsey is right that Venus and Serena have acted with much more grace than in the past, but he couldn't bring himself to criticise Richard Williams.
That's exactly how I see Richard. Sure he's over the top at times but you have to really take into consideration what he's been through and as a person of color myself (who used to be too meek about discussing race relations especially anything related to injustice) I'm happy Richard is keeping people "honest" even if he does ruffle many a feather. This writer evidentally understands the purpose of Richard's "goading".Because I come from his generation (albeit I'm white), I understand him. He's a prickly witness to a lot of nasty history. He's going to goad us about race, and that's not so bad.