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2020 US Open - Day 1

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Naomi Osaka took another stance against social and racial injustice. The first came when she dropped out of the Thursday (August 27) semifinals of the Western & Southern Open in New York in protest over the Jacob Blake shooting by Kenosha police officers. Now, the tennis player is making a statement for Breonna Taylor.

Osaka, who resumed her competition on Monday (August 31), walked onto the court for the US Open match wearing a face mask with Breonna Taylor’s name printed on it.

Naomi Osaka's Breonna Taylor Mask

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The tennis player says that she plans to don several more masks with the names of other victims of police brutality. “I have seven,” Osaka told reporters. “It’s quite sad that seven masks isn’t enough for the amount of names. So, hopefully, I’ll get to the finals, and you can see all of them.”

It has been well over 150 days since the untimely death of Taylor. Unfortunately, there has been little progression in arresting the officers who shot and killed her while she was asleep. Allegedly, prosecutors in her ex-boyfriend’s case attempted to incriminate Breonna instead of bringing justice to her name.

According to WDRB News, “Jamarcus Glover, the focus of a series of Louisville police raids, including one in which officers shot and killed Breonna Taylor, was offered a plea bargain in July if he would admit that Taylor was a member of his organized crime syndicate. As part of the July 13 offer, Glover was to acknowledge that over a period of time through April 22 he and several ‘co-defendants,’ including Taylor, engaged in organized crime by trafficking large amounts of drugs into the Louisville community.”

Celebrities and citizens across the globe are not allowing others to smear Taylor’s name. They continue to demand justice for her through protests, billboards, public statements, and more. Oprah featured Breonna on the cover of O Magazine, and artist Amy Sherald, known widely for her official First Lady portrait of Michelle Obama, painted a portrait of Breonna Taylor for Vanity Fair’s September cover issue. Also, countless celebrities have been wearing “Arrest the Cops That Murdered Breonna Taylor” t-shirts and even taking their protests to the streets.

Still, justice remains to be served for Breonna Taylor and many other countless victims of police brutality.


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Naomi Osaka Pays Tribute to Breonna Taylor During the US Open  was originally published on hellobeautiful.com