Former World number one Naomi Osaka has been continuously raising her voice against racism following the death of African-American George Floyds. At the same time, She is facing several backlashes from the public. However, Naomi Osaka gets huge words of support from the WTA founder Billie Jean King on her stand on the Black Lives Matter Movement.
After the Minneapolis death incident sparked protests in the United States. Consequently, 2018 US Open champions Naomi Osaka raises her voice support for the Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests through social media.
Recently, Osaka sent a long and full-hearted email to Reuters, in that letter she explained why she is supporting BLM protests. Moreover, the letter got attention from one of the hardcore defenders of the LGBT community Billie Jean King.
Billie Jean King wrote on her Twitter page, “That some people have said we as athletes should stick to sports is really insulting.” “Bravo to Naomi Osaka.” As Desmond Tutu said, “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.”
“Being Silent Is Never The Answer”- Naomi Osaka
On the other hand, Naomi Osaka wrote that “George Floyd’s murder and the situation generally in America have had a big impact on me. Being silent is never the answer. Everyone Should have a voice in the matter and use it”.
Naomi Osaka, who was born to a Haitian father and Japanese mother, spent the majority of her life in the United States. Also, she mentioned that she had marched in Minneapolis and attended Black Lives matters protests in Los Angeles.
Although, Naomi wrote about the backlash with several people on social media. A few people say that “Osaka needs to stick to sports”. “I probably shouldn’t read all the trolling but it’s hard to avoid.” She has over a million followers on Instagram and 528K followers on Twitter.