Serena Williams Responds to Racist Remarks About Her "Chocolate" Baby

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There are many ways to react to the news that tennis god Serena Williams is pregnant (opens in new tab), such as with delight. Or with awe, that she managed to win the Australian Open while 10 weeks along. A less acceptable way is to publicly opine about what color the baby will be, as Ilie Nastaste did last week.

Over the weekend, Nastase, a Romanian tennis legend who peaked in the 1970s, allegedly said (opens in new tab) of Williams' pregnancy, "Let's see what color it has. Chocolate with milk?" He seemed to be referring to the unborn child's skintone, as Williams is black and her fiancé (opens in new tab), Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, is white.

The International Tennis Federation immediately decried the comments, saying: "The ITF does not tolerate discriminatory and offensive language and behaviour of any kind. We are aware of alleged comments made by Romanian captain Ilie Nastase and have begun an immediate investigation so that we have the full facts of the situation before taking further and appropriate action."

Today, Williams responded to the nasty words in an Instagram post.

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"I am not afraid unlike you. You see, I am no coward," Williams says, before quoting Maya Angelou's famous poem, "Still I Rise."

Nastase's longstanding nickname is (opens in new tab) the "Bucharest Buffoon."

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Kaitlin Menza
Kaitlin Menza