Naomi Osaka Wore a ‘Breonna Taylor’ Face Mask at the U.S. Open

Curated via Twitter from Glamour’s twitter account….

In posts on Instagram and Twitter, Osaka said she was opting out of the match to protest the August 23rd shooting of Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old who was left paralyzed from the waist down after police shot him multiple times in front of his young children in Kenosha, Wisconsin. “Before I am an athlete, I am a Black woman," she explained in the post. "And as a Black woman I feel as though there are much more important matters at hand that need immediate attention, rather than watching me play tennis.

In a July 2020 op-ed for Esquire, Osaka wrote that she took part in protests and signed petitions after the death of George Floyd, and called for systemic change and a cultural commitment to anti-racism. “It means so much to me that society evolves–that we take on systemic racism head-on, that the police protect us and don’t kill us," she wrote. "But I am proud, too, of the small part I have played in changing perceptions and opinions.

Naomi Osaka, a vocal supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement, is one of many high-profile athletes and celebrities who have called public attention to recent deaths and shootings of Black people at the hands of police officers.

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