Yes!! … “Alongside her outstanding athleticism, though, Osaka has grabbed headlines this tournament by wearing masks emblazoned with the names of victims of racial violence: Philando Castile, Trayvon Martin, Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Elijah McClain. Black masks, white lettering. Her one-person protest feels even more powerful as she enters and exits the nearly empty stadium every match.”
An essay by Robyn Autry for NBC. Autry is chair of the Sociology Department at Wesleyan University
Naomi Osaka’s hair doesn’t impact her 120 mph serve or powerful baseline play. But it does impact how she is perceived in the bright, white tennis world.
Naomi Osaka’shair doesn’t matter. At least not when it comes toher 120 mph serve, her daunting forehand or her powerful baseline play. But it does matter in terms of how she shows up in the tennis world and how she’s emerged as one of the most prominent athletessupporting the Black Lives Matter protests.
On Saturday,Osaka will play in the U.S. Open women’s finals against Victoria Azarenka,who earned her bid by defeating Serena Williams. Both women will be looking to capture a third Grand Slam title.
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