“Even in the tennis world it is not a united place. We lose our identity of who we are because there can only be one.”
“I’ve had people argue with me to tell me that I’m Coco Gauff. I’m not Coco Gauff but all of us look the same, all of us are built the same, everybody sees a black person and they assume it’s Venus or Serena (Williams) or Sloane (Stephens). I’ve been literally all of them, except for myself.”
Taylor further stated the difference in the security checks, compared to her colleagues. “Even from the aspect you walk through and nobody stops you and I’m walking through and somebody has to check my bag, check my credentials, check my coach’s bag, check my coach’s credentials.”
Townsend is one of many celebrities to speak up against racism, following the incident, with musicians, actors like John Boyega, Keke Palmer and more, using their voices and platforms to try and bring about change.
By Muyiwa Aguda