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

Elwanda Tulloch



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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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Doc Rivers, LeBron James, others react to police shooting of Jacob Blake: ‘This country doesn’t love us back’

Elwanda Tulloch

On Sunday night, police shot 29-year-old Jacob Blake, a Black man, in the back multiple times as he was opening the door of a parked car in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The attorney retained by Blake’s family, Benjamin Crump, says Blake’s three children were in the car at the time of the shooting. Crump added that Blake was trying to de-escalate a fight between two others at the scene and that when the police officers arrived, they drew their weapons and tased Blake.

Blake was hospitalized after the shooting and is in serious condition. In a statement, Crump said, “We will seek justice for Jacob Blake and for his family as we demand answers from the Kenosha Police Department.”

Wisconsin governor Tony Evers released a statement, saying that Blake was “shot in the back multiple times, in broad daylight.” 

“While we do not have all of the details yet, what we know

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