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Naomi Osaka wears Trayvon Martin mask to U.S. Open

Naomi Osaka wears Trayvon Martin mask to U.S. Open

Woman calls police on Black man using phone, falsely claims he had a gun

Naomi Osaka continues to raise awareness regarding the Black lives who were subjected to fatal racial violence.

On September 6, the tennis star donned a Black mask that had the name Trayvon Martin printed across it and went on to beat Anett Kontaveit during her U.S. Open match. Martin was a 17-year-old boy, who was fatally shot by George Zimmerman, who is a neighborhood watch coordinator, in Sanford, Florida. The shooting resulted in outrage across the nation when Zimmerman was acquitted on the basis of the Stand Your Ground law.

Osaka stated that it was Martin’s death that opened her eyes regarding racial injustice and violence around the world.

“I remember Trayvon’s death clearly,” she tweeted. “I remember being a kid and just feeling scared. I know his death wasn’t the first, but for me it was the one that opened my eyes to what was going on. To see the same things happening over and over still is sad. Things have to change.”

This marks Osaka’s fourth tribute this week. Previously, she donned masks holding names of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and Elijah McClain, when competing in matches. She revealed that she bought 7 different masks so she could wear one for every match, till the final game.

“It’s quite sad that seven masks isn’t enough for the amount of names, so hopefully I’ll get to the finals so you can see all of them,” Osaka said on Monday (Aug. 31).

Currently, Osaka is the highest paid female athlete in the world. After the shooting of Jacob Blake, she decided to pull out of her Western & Southern Open in New York City, thereby standing in unison with other athletes who chose to boycott their games.

“Hello, as many of you are aware I was scheduled to play my semifinals match tomorrow,” Osaka wrote in a statement. “However, before I am an athlete, I am a Black woman. And as a Black woman I feel as though there are much more important matters at hand that need immediate attention, rather than watching me play tennis.”

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VA House passed bills to prevent custodial deaths like Breonna Taylor and George Floyd

VA House passed bills to prevent custodial deaths like Breonna Taylor and George Floyd

VA House passed bills to prevent custodial deaths like Breonna Taylor and George Floyd

Virginia’s House of Delegates passed several bills on Friday with the aim of preventing deaths such as those of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd.

WAVY 10 reported that a legislation was passed that bans neck restraints. Thus, it is now a Class 6 felony for police officers to make use of neck restraints to detain people, in the manner that it was used on George Floyd.

According to the bill, neck restraints are “the use of any body part or object to attempt to control or disable a person by applying pressure against the neck, including the trachea or carotid artery, with the purpose, intent, or effect of controlling or restricting the person’s movement or restricting the person’s blood flow or breathing, including chokeholds, carotid restraints, and lateral vascular neck restraints.”

Moreover, no-knock search warrants will be banned by House Bill 5099. Such a search warrant was used by the Louisville police officers who fatally shot Taylor.

Moreover, in case any law enforcement official fails to intervene as a colleague is making use of a deadly force, it will now be considered a felony. The legislation states that the law enforcement officers are required to assist any person who sustains injuries due to the use of force.

“The bill states that the knowing failure to intervene in the unlawful use of non-deadly force is punishable as a Class 1 misdemeanor and the knowing failure to intervene in the unlawful use of deadly force is punishable as a Class 6 felony,” the proposal reads.

“The bill punishes the knowing failure to intervene in the unlawful use of force that leads to death or if the victim is thereby severely injured and is caused to suffer permanent and significant physical impairment as a Class 4 felony,” it continued.

Now, these legislations will be forwarded to the Senate and then to Gov. Ralph Northam. Before they can become a law, his sign is required.

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Naomi Osaka wears Ahmaud Arbery mask during US Open

Naomi Osaka wears Ahmaud Arbery mask during US Open

Naomi Osaka wears Ahmaud Arbery mask during US Open

Naomi Osaka continues to show her support various Black victims who passed away due to racism. Recently, the tennis star was spotted donning a black mask with the name of Ahmaud Arbery, a Black man who shot by white men as he went for a jog in his Georgia neighborhood. He passed away due to the attack.

“This did not have to happen, none of these deaths had to happen,” she told reporters on Friday (Sep. 4). “I just want everyone to know the names more.”

This mark’s the star’s third tribute this week. On Monday’s match, she donned a mask to honor Breonna Taylor, the Black EMT who was shot at her own home by police officers.

Wednesday saw her donning a mask to honor Elijah McClain, the 23-year-old Black man who passed away after he was placed in a chokehold by Colorado police officers. According to Osaka, she bought seven different masks so she can wear one on each match in the tournament, until the finals.

“It’s quite sad that seven masks isn’t enough for the amount of names, so hopefully I’ll get to the finals so you can see all of them,” Osaka said on Monday.

Last week, Osaka, decided to pull out of her Western & Southern Open in New York City in order to mourn the loss of Jacob Blake, who was a Black man shot seven times by the police. Many other athletes boycotted their games.

“Hell, as many of you are aware I was scheduled to play my semifinals match tomorrow,” Osaka wrote in a statement. “However, before I am an athlete, I am a Black woman. And as a Black woman I feel as though there are much more important matters at hand that need immediate attention, rather than watching me play tennis.”

“I don’t expect anything drastic to happen with me not playing, but if I can get a conversation started in a majority white sport I consider that a step in the right direction,” she continued. “Watching the continued genocide of Black people at the hands of the police is honestly making me sick to my stomach.”

“I’m exhausted of having a new hashtag pop up every few days and I’m extremely tired of having this same conversation over and over again,” the tennis star concluded. “When will it ever be enough?”

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