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This Happened — July 8: Venus Williams Wins Her First Grand Slam

On this day in 2000, Venus Williams won her first Grand Slam singles title at the Wimbledon Championships. She was 20 years old at the time.

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Who did Venus Williams defeat in the final to win the tournament?

In the final of the 2000 Wimbledon Championships, Venus Williams defeated Lindsay Davenport to secure her victory.

How did Venus Williams' win at Wimbledon in 2000 impact her career?

Venus Williams' victory at Wimbledon in 2000 launched her into the ranks of elite tennis players. It marked a significant breakthrough in her career and set the stage for her subsequent successes. It boosted her confidence and established her as a force to be reckoned with in women's tennis, paving the way for more Grand Slam triumphs in the years to come.

Did Venus Williams beat Serena Williams to win Wimbledon?

Venus Williams is the older sister of Serena Williams, and both have had remarkable careers in the sport. They have faced each other multiple times in competitive matches, including in Grand Slam finals. In her first Wimbledon win, Venus Williams defeated No. 1, Martina Hingis, in the quarters, sister Serena in the semifinal and defending champion, Lindsay Davenport, in the final.

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The Colonial Spirit And "Soft Racism" Of White Savior Syndrome

Tracing back to Christian colonialism, which was supposed to somehow "civilize" and save the souls of native people, White Savior Syndrome lives on in modern times: from Mother Teresa to Princess Diana and the current First Lady of Colombia, Verónica Alcocer.

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Good intentions are part of the formula

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CARTAGENA — The White Savior Syndrome is a social practice that exploits or economically, politically, symbolically takes advantage of individuals or communities they've racialized, perceiving them as in need of being saved and thus forever indebted and grateful to the white savior.

Although this racist phenomenon has gained more visibility and sparked public debate with the rise of social media, it is actually as old as European colonization itself. It's important to remember that one of Europe's main justifications for subjugating, pillaging and enslaving African and American territories was to bring "civilization and save their souls" through "missions."

Even today, many white supremacists hold onto these ideas. In other words, they believe that we still owe them something.

This white savior phenomenon is a legacy of Christian colonialism, and among its notable figures, we can highlight Saint Peter Claver, known as "the slave of the slaves," Bartolomé de Las Casas, Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Princess Diana herself, and even the First Lady of Colombia, Verónica Alcocer.

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