Leslé Honoré

The world owes you an apology Not just the umpire Not just the French Open Not just racists who ask if you feel intimidated by Sharapovas basic looks Or being drug tested more than The basic looking actual drug user The nurses and doctors who ignored Your knowledge Of your own body Almost causing your death Every time they questioned your Femininity Ability Strength Integrity Victory They did so because of your skin Asian parents who mold their children are Tiger mothers White parents who risk everything Turn sex tapes into millions Are momagers But your father who made legends out of Compton Concrete Shaping you and your sister Like Michelangelo chiseled David He is loud Obnoxious Insane The world owes you an apology But we know it will never come Because first they would have to acknowledge The hatred The racism It isnt your black panther suit Your beauty Your millions You venting to a umpire A broken racket Or a demand of proper medical care Its your blackness that offends Your power when you should be powerless Your confidence When you should always grovel Always remind yourself That you should thank them for allowing you To be on the courts at all As if a Queen tells the jester thank you for her Throne You are the living breathing embodiment of #blackgirlmagic The dream of our ancestors The power of our foremothers The strength that the Middle passage Slavery Jim Crow and America Could not break You are more than the GOAT You are goddess Fearless More than tennis You are a living black legend And they hate you for it #Serena #GOAT #USOpenTennis #JustDoIt #FistAndFire #Buymybookifyouwanna

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I like her last hashtag: Buymybookifyouwanna. I wanna! This poem brought tears to my eyes.