Take this situation with Serena Williams, for example. Earlier this week, Romanian TV presenter Radu Bancui directed a blatantly racial slur towards the tennis champ live on air. But instead of being fired over the matter, he copped a pretty measly €1,700 - $2,764 AUD - fine instead.
"Serena Williams looks like those monkeys at the zoo with the red butt," he said, according to the CNCD (National Council for Combatting Discrimination). "If you put some pants over that butt, they look exactly as Serena Williams looks on court."
The CNCD were quick to come down on him, explaining in a press release: "Slavery was based, among other things, on comparing black people with monkeys. Consequently, such statements represent a form of extreme racism."
Sadly, it’s not the first time Serena has been subject to this type of behaviour. Last year, the Herald Sun published a derogatory caricature that displayed both racist and sexist stereotypes of African-American people – something Serena has had to endure her whole life.
"One time I was playing, and these kids came up behind me while we were practising and—I was probably, like, seven—they were calling me Blacky," she previously recalled in an interview with rapper Common for The Undefeated.
"Me and Venus, they were like, 'Blacky and Blacky.' I remember thinking, 'I don't really care'—and that's pretty crazy to think that at that age."
Considering we're nearing the end of 2019, it's so disappointing that racism is still rife. Here's hoping for a future where we're judged only on the quality of our character, not the colour of our skin.