The announcement that Serena Williams is now engaged to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian was happy news for fans of the tennis star. Throughout her career ,she has shown style, grace, and intelligence and has been the epitome of a strong Black woman. But for some Twitter users, her engagement has raised the controversial issue of mixed relationships. Comments on social media have been an unsightly mix of intolerance and hate as some people are upset that she is marrying a White man. But it was not all negative; most folks are happy for Williams.

Williams’ announcement came as a shock to many of her fans, who had no clue that she was in a serious relationship. (There was speculation of a romance earlier this year by US Weekly, but neither Williams nor Ohanian responded to verify.) In an exceptionally rare move, the pair kept news and details of their romance off the ’gram.

Across social media, many of Williams’ fans, especially black women, celebrated the news and offered the couple well wishes.

And then came the haters. Written By Mo Barnes

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