Now that Serena Williams is a mother, she has a greater appreciation for her own mom, Oracene Price. Williams penned a letter to Price, admiring her mother for many things. One thing that Williams admired her mother for was being restrained when Williams faced rather harsh criticisms.


“I’ve been called man because I appeared outwardly strong. It has been said that that I use drugs (No, I have always had far too much integrity to behave dishonestly in order to gain an advantage). It has been said I don’t belong in Women’s sports — that I belong in Men’s — because I look stronger than many other women do. (No, I just work hard and I was born with this badass body and proud of it),” she said in the letter, which was posted to Reddit. “But mom, I’m not sure how you did not go off on every single reporter, person, announcer and quite frankly, hater, who was too ignorant to understand the power of a black woman.”

It’s certainly a wonderfully honest look at past moments, but from an entirely new perspective.

Williams closed the letter by saying “Promise me, Mom, that you will continue to help. I’m not sure if I am as meek and strong as you are yet. I hope to get there one day. I love you dearly.”