Naomi’s masked assertion


Naomi Osaka has proven that good women win, too. You don’t essentially should be an selfish, madly-driven, tunnel-eyed super-athlete to win a tennis Grand Slam event, which Naomi did for the third time on Saturday night time. Naomi got here again from a set down towards Victoria Azarenka to win 1-6 6-Three 6-Three for her second US Open title. She had received the primary two years in the past on the similar venue — which was then stuffed with a crowd whose boos drowned her pleasure as a result of their favorite, Serena Williams, had been penalised by the umpire. This time round, there was nothing to mar Naomi’s happiness. There have been no spectators on the venue however, should you imagine in such issues, Naomi was, certainly, accompanied by the blessings from households of no less than six males and one lady, all black, killed by police or racists for, primarily, being black.

In occasions when celebrities endorse costly branded masks, Naomi’s easy black masks with names of black victims of hate crime — the youngest was Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old carrying a plastic toy gun, killed by police in a playground — touched hearts and lent a strong voice to the Black Lives Matter (BLM) motion. Statistics drown the individuality of victims of crime; by naming the victims — even when solely seven amongst hundreds — Naomi humanised them. She reminded those that institutionalised racism and bigotry are deeply entrenched in each nation, each society — one solely must grow to be sincere to see and acknowledge them.

It’s not very unique to be an idealist at 22, as Naomi is. But she’s not an unintentional activist — daughter of a black American from Haiti and a girl from Japan, Naomi is conscious about what being the ‘other’ appears like. She has lived in Japan and the US and has travelled the world. She has seen the bigotry of individuals, whether or not they’re American, Japanese or from anyplace else. Even earlier than she grew to become a celebrity, she had acquired a following amongst sports activities writers for her idiosyncratic and clever sense of humour and her delicate and profound feedback on social points. Her dignified and deep dedication to the BLM motion is totally in character and a lesson to all of us.



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