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Naomi Osaka in no mood to back down on support for Black Lives Matter

Jun 11 (Japan Times) - Naomi Osaka, the world’s highest-paid female athlete, says the voices of prominent athletes can be more influential than those of politicians and is determined hers will be heard on the subject of racial injustice.

The two-time Grand Slam champion has faced a backlash on social media after throwing her support behind the Black Lives Matter protests in the wake of the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died while pinned face down by three Minneapolis police officers on May 25.

The 22-year-old Osaka, who has a Japanese mother and Haitian father but grew up and lives mostly in the United States, says she has no intention of backing down and hopes to help drive real and permanent social change.

“I’m vocal because I believe in the movement and want to try to use my platform to facilitate change,” Osaka said via email.

“George Floyd’s murder and the situation generally in America has had a big impact on me.

“Being silent is never the answer. Everyone should have a voice in the matter and use it.”

The death of Floyd while in the custody of the Minneapolis police has sparked worldwide protests against racism and calls for reforms in U.S. law enforcement.

Osaka said she had marched in Minneapolis and attended other Black Lives Matter protests in Los Angeles, where she lives.

She says the climate has changed considerably since quarterback Colin Kaepernick took a knee during the national anthem before a 2016 NFL game and paid for his protest by being ostracized by the league.

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