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The masks of Naomi Osaka: Remembering racial injustice victims at US Open

Naomi Osaka aims to highlight the prevalent racial injustice in the United States to a wider audience through her coronavirus masks at the US Open.

By: Reuters | September 5, 2020 7:12:02 pm
Naomi Osaka before her second round match at the US Open. (Source: Reuters)

Former champion Naomi Osaka is wearing a different facemask for each of her matches at the US Open this year.

They each carry the name of a Black American and aim to highlight racial injustice in the United States to a wider audience:

ROUND ONE – BREONNA TAYLOR

Taylor, 26, was shot dead by police in her apartment in Louisville, Kentucky on March 13. One police officer involved was fired by the city’s police department in June. Two other officers have been placed on administrative reassignment. No criminal charges have been filed against any of the three.

ROUND TWO – ELIJAH MCCLAIN

McClain, 23, died after a violent encounter with police officers in Aurora, Colorado in August last year.

His family filed a lawsuit against the city and its police last month, alleging murder and routine use of excessive force against Black people.

ROUND THREE – AHMAUD ARBERY

Arbery, 25, was fatally shot after being pursued by armed white men as he jogged through a suburban neighborhood in Georgia in February. Three white men have been charged with the murder of Arbery in a case that spurred a national outcry after cellphone video of the shooting was leaked on the internet.

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