Originally Posted by BTURNER
To the Serena question. The blacks in sports who were successful pioneers had to have superhuman self discipline and control and tenacity. Jackie Robinson, Ashe, Gibson had to be virtual saints as well as better than everyone else to get through the barriers imposed by institutional racism. Everyone was in search of an excuse to invalidate and nullify their claims to equal access to venues, and support. Don't think Serena would able to quietly and gracefully march on, past the taunts, sneers, and brazen lies that greeted these trailblazers at every stop.
But, you're transporting current-day Serena to the past. IF Serena had her career during those periods, she would have grown up in those periods and would probably be different person altogether. That's why the questions are so difficult to answer.