Tennis player Naomi Osaka not only proved her merit yet again by winning US Open 2020, but she also made a statement with the face masks she wore at the tournament.
Each time, Naomi was on the court, she was spotted wearing a black mask with a name printed on it in white. If you take a look at the names — George Floyd, Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice, Breonna Taylor, among others — you would realise that each of them is of Black Americans who succumbed to racial injustice in the past. Know about them below:
A 26-year-old African American emergency medical technician, Breonna was fatally shot by Louisville Metro Police Department officers on March 13, 2020, when they visited her department as part of a search warrant. Taylor was reportedly shot eight times.
Arbery, a 25-year-old African American, was fatally shot on February 23, 2020, while he was jogging near Brunswick in Glynn County, Georgia. He was reportedly pursued by three armed white residents. A video of the unfortunate incident went viral after it was posted on social media.
17-year-old African American boy Trayvon Martin had gone to visit his father’s fiancee along with his dad. On the evening of February 26, 2012, Martin was walking back alone to the fiancee’s house from a store, when a member of the community watch reported him to the Sanford Police as suspicious. Several minutes later, there was an altercation and Martin was fatally shot in the chest.
Floyd, a 46-year-old African American man, was killed on May 25, 2020, during an arrest where a white officer knelt on his neck for several minutes. In a video filmed by a bystander, Floyd was seen struggling to breathe until he stopped moving. His death led to protests worldwide against police brutality and racial injustice.
A 32-year-old African American man, Castile was fatally shot on July 6, 2016, during a traffic stop by a member of Minnesota police. His girlfriend live-streamed the aftermath of the incident on social media.
A 12-year-old African American boy, Tamir Rice was killed in Cleveland, Ohio, on November 22, 2014, by a young white police officer. Rice was carrying a replica toy gun and was shot at immediately after the police officers arrived at the scene.
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