By Marivir R. Montebon
New York City — A representative of Brooklyn in the city council gave it to the parents of tennis world champ sisters Serena and Venus Williams, for having raised their daughters into mental toughness and the “cerebral way” of approaching the game of tennis.
Charles Barron, on his Facebook shout-out said, “No matter what happens in the US Open Tennis Tournament, Serena Williams must go down in history as one of the most intelligent and mentally tough athletes to play in any sport. You couldn’t give enough to their genius father Richard Williams, who created, developed, coached, protected and guided them to championship greatness and to their mother Oracene Price, who with love, care and discipline shaped and molded their beautiful intelligent personalities.”
Barron works in the city council since 2002, represents the East New York, Brownsville, East Flatbush, and Canarsie. He chairs the higher education committee and is a member of the committees on Consumer Affairs, Immigration, Land Use, Landmarks, Public Siting & Maritime Uses, and Women’s Issues.
Barron cheered on Facebook, “We are proud of you. Forward forever!” The Williams sisters staged a breath-taking game at the Arthur Ashe Stadium this week, watched in awe by celebrities as US Presidential hopeful Donald Trump and TV mogul Oprah Winfrey along with more than 23,000 spectators.
Barron, who is a community activist in the neighborhood of Brooklyn since the 1980s, opined that “Serena and Venus Williams had to overcome some of the most sickening white racism in the elitist world of tennis, to become the greatest sibling champions the sports world has ever known. It angers me to here the racism of tennis sportscasters speaking of the Williams’ sisters power, speed, long arms, muscular physique and not their intelligence on the approach of tennis.”
He spoke clearly and consistently against racism and stood for human and workers rights, calling himself as an elected revolutionary. He became chief of staff for Rev. Herbert Daughtry before running for the New York city council.
Barron would not be the last to defend Serena from racial slur by media. She holds all four major trophies in just one year. If she wins her fifth consecutive major championship this weekend, Williams would raise her career total to 22 wins, equaling Stefi Graf 27 years ago. (Photos from Google.com)