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From what Serena Williams wears on the court to being accused of cheating, the sports icon has been public enemy number one for the powers that be in tennis. Now, an Australian paper is under fire for publishing a clearly racist image of the tennis star, and the media outlet was defending its hate.

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Williams was accused of getting “coaching” while playing against Naomi Osaka in the U.S. Open final on Saturday, which made her say to the umpire, “I have never cheated in my life. I have a daughter and I stand for what is right and I have never cheated.”

She was then issued three code violations, which ultimately equaled $17,000 in fines. The moment was a clear instance of sexism, racism and double standards, but the Sydney Morning Herald mocked Williams with the image below, which was drawn by Mark Knight.

The image has been slammed for being racist. Everyone from civil rights icon Rev. Jesse Jackson to “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling was outraged.

The Sydney Morning Herald was doubling down.

“A champion tennis player had a mega tantrum on the world stage, and Mark’s cartoon depicted that,” Herald editor Damon Johnston wrote in a statement. “It had nothing to do with gender or race. This was about a bad sport being mocked.”

Mark Knight also made excuses.

“I drew this cartoon Sunday night after seeing the US Open final, and seeing the world’s best tennis player have a tantrum and thought that was interesting,” he said. “The cartoon about Serena is about her poor behaviour on the day, not about race. The world has just gone crazy.”

Whenever you hear something has “nothing” to do with race, that means it probably has everything to do with race.

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Australian Paper With Racist Cartoon Of Serena Williams Says It Has ‘Nothing To Do With Race’ was originally published on newsone.com

3 thoughts on “Australian Paper With Racist Cartoon Of Serena Williams Says It Has ‘Nothing To Do With Race’

  1. First of all, if the “whole world” is just “going crazy”, perhaps MARK KNIGHT IS THE CRAZY ONE! Secondly, where in Hades is John McEnroe’s cartoon, since we are “depicting poor behavior in a bad sport???

  2. African American Woman on said:

    This black-white determination issue is historically American thing- carried on from slavery and overtly racist period of this nation. Not to say there aren’t any racist Australians; I’m sure there are. Other people in the world may not be educated on every nuance of what’s construed as racist here, just as people in this country may not be aware of what’s viewed as unacceptable in their country. However, some people have racist seeking blinders on and simply cannot dfathom or accept another view point.

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