Some have already compared Wozniacki’s actions to wearing black face. An apt comparison, in my opinion. I suppose, this is what bitter, racist WW do when they realize that they will never measure up to the best of the best? To paraphrase one of the commenters on a sports blog I can’t recall the name of, “Too bad Wozniacki didn’t bring Serena’s game onto the court with her.”
I first heard this story in my Facebook news feed from For Black Women ONLY: “…Ever since the Williams sisters came on the scene, these white female tennis players got shook. They realize that being pretty and white may get some endorsements but it will not win tournaments. They need to step their game all the way up. Where are the Billie Jean Kings, the Martina Navratilovas, the Steffi Grafs? These broads can only mock the Williams sisters because they will never be as great as them…”
I could not agree more.
I know that many people believe that this is a simple matter of jealousy and/or racism, but I know from experience that it’s deeper than that. I have never heard of a WM athlete mocking a BM athlete in this way, and I doubt I ever will. And this isn’t because there are no jealous and racist WM athletes – far from it, but because a WM athlete would not expect to get away with such behavior. They would not expect people to take their side and say that they were “just having fun”. This knowledge effectively checks any desire to behave in such a manner.
However, experience tells WW that they will not be called out for their racist words and actions, simply because they are women.
Awhile ago, a WW I worked with tried very hard to get me fired from my job. But I was wise enough to recognize her as my enemy from day one, and began keeping a journal of her actions and words and recording her many (I captured more than 4 dozen) failed attempts to goad me into some sort of angry confrontation. I guess she wanted to portray me as the ‘angry Black women who attacked the poor, helpless White woman’.
I recorded her whenever possible – even in the ladies room, using my cell phone, a voice activated recorder and even the sound recorder software on my computer at work. And it really paid off. She was fired last year, and I haven’t had a problem with anyone at my company since that time. This includes her cheerleaders in my department, some of whom were also caught on tape (so to speak).
In the end, her lies could not compete with my mountain of evidence. In addition, another employee testified on my behalf. My tormentor should not have gone around repeatedly announcing to everyone that “[she's] not racist” but she believes “that people should stick with their own kind.” The co-worker who testified for me was an Asian woman with a White husband. Apparently, she believed that an AW would be on-board with her belief that a Black women didn’t deserve my job, despite my qualifications.
Now, it is possible that this woman was angry that my hiring was based on the recommendation of a man who began working at the company nearly a year after she did, and who was later promoted ahead of her (this was suggested by another WW co-worker); or because it was rumored that he and I had dated (he’s White, btw). Also, the week before she began her official campaign to get me fired – through lies, innuendo and finally outright sabotage – my engagement had been announced in the local paper, and it included a photo of me and the man who became my husband.
I actually suspect that all of these factors came into play, at different points in time, but I don’t believe that she would have done and said the things that she did to me if she had believed that there would be a price to pay. She appeared completely dumbfounded when she was fired. Which, considering her brazenly bad behavior, was shocking to me.
I suspect that Caroline Wozniacki also did not expect that anyone would dare to criticize or confront her for her blatantly offensive behavior. She has not been punished, and probably won’t be but even criticism of racist, offensive behavior is new to such WW. That is why it happened. I’ve no doubt about that.
The Newsone.com poll asked “Do you think Wozniacki was being disrespectful toward Williams?” Last time I checked
84.73% said ‘Yes, I do’
15.27% said ‘No, she was just having fun’
We have long lived in a culture where if a Black woman points out a White woman’s racist, malevolent treatment of her she is silenced with accusations of being “jealous” of that racist White woman and White women in general, but that bull crap isn’t flying anymore!
I have no idea why anyone fell for that non-sense in the first place. In my experience, when you have a two groups of women in a room and one group is composed of WW and the other BW, it’s the WW who are obsessively noting every single move that the BW make. This is especially true if you are slim and dress well.
And if you’re a BW in an IRR marriage, you can always count on getting the evil dagger eyes from random young WW. And the man doesn’t even have to be White for some WW to be upset that you’re with him, which I find just plain bizarre. You’d think that it would be the old WW behaving this way, but nope it’s the young ones. It’s rare that I have such experiences with old WW. That’s why when people (usually “progressives” Black and White) try to sell me on the idea that being racist is merely an “old-fashioned” way of being I know that’s bull.
Now, I have absolutely no idea if “blondes have more fun”, but I can tell you that as a tall, slim, busty, leggy, beautiful (or so I am often told) BW with a high round butt, I have always had a good time and never lacked for attention – both wanted and unwanted. To own the truth, I have even more fun when the bleach-head crowd stares daggers at me while I have a good time.
Ladies, ALWAYS strive to be your best and look your best. The haters want you to hide your light under a bushel, because we can only be imitated but NEVER duplicated.
- How Assumed Femininity is Used Against Black Women Part I (blackfemininity.com)