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Serena Williams Speaks Up About Police Brutality

Even with her popularity and praise, Serena Williams has faced racism throughout her athletic career. Overall, she has been quiet about some of these issues, but that has changed.

Williams has expressed that she can no longer be silent about the epidemic of police brutality against black Americans.

"There comes a time when silence is betrayal," she wrote in a Facebook post on Tuesday, quoting Martin Luther King Jr.

She recounts a time when her 18-year-old nephew was driving her, and a cop was following behind them. Her mind flashed to the moment when Philando Castile was videotaped being shot and killed by a Minnesota police officer in July.

"I would never forgive myself if something happened to my nephew. He's so innocent. So were all the 'others,'" she continued.

Williams has stated in the past that she has been treated differently due to the color of her skin, which she spoke about while being honored at the Sportsperson of the Year Ceremony in New York City in 2015.

Read her whole statement here, and watch her exclusive MAKERS story in the video player above.

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