Osaka uses platform to raise awareness of racial injustice, police brutality



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a woman hitting a ball with a racket: Naomi Osaka wears a mask in honor of Breonna Taylor as she celebrates victory during the first round of the US Open tennis championships in New York, Aug. 31, 2020.


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Naomi Osaka wears a mask in honor of Breonna Taylor as she celebrates victory during the first round of the US Open tennis championships in New York, Aug. 31, 2020.

Naomi Osaka stepped onto the sport’s biggest stage with a silent act that reverberated around the world.

Osaka, the 22-year-old tennis prodigy with three majors already to her name, left the bowels of Arthur Ashe Stadium to play in front of nearly 24,000 empty seats and a global television audience — silently signaling a call to consciousness with the simple cloth mask on her face.

“I’m aware that tennis is watched all over the world, and maybe there is someone that

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Minnesota quarterback Kirk Cousins’ dad calls out ‘platform’ of pro sports

Elwanda Tulloch

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins‘ father, a Florida pastor, preached a message critical of the “platform that’s taking place” in professional sports in a sermon Sunday that is making the rounds on the internet.

In the sermon titled “Pt. 3 — Abide,” the Rev. Don Cousins, a pastor at Discovery Church in Orlando, ended his hour-long message by denouncing the secularization of Ivy League universities, history textbooks and the agenda of “most of the media, the arts and Hollywood.”

“If you’re at all tuned in to pro sports these days, and what’s unfolding there, you know the platform that’s taking place,” Mr. Cousins said. He did not describe the platform but noted, “Religion is being silenced as God is being removed from our culture.”

Liberal social media accounts pushed the remarks, which can be seen in a video on Discovery Church’s website, in light of comments his famous son made

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