"Before I am an athlete, I am a black woman," says Naomi Osaka

"Before I am an athlete, I am a black woman," says Naomi Osaka

- Tennis star, Naomi Osaka has withdrawn from the Western and Southern Open

- In a statement released on Twitter she cited protesting against racial injustice as her reasoning

- Her Tweet has gone viral and she has received tons of positive messages

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Tennis star, Naomi Osaka will not be participating in the Western and Southern Open semi-final. In a statement released on Twitter yesterday, the 22-year-old announced that although she was scheduled to play in the semi-finals she is a black woman before an athelete.

Osaka is known for voicing her opinions and standing up for what she believes. In the post on Twitter she wrote:

"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."
Naomi Osaka

Tennis star, Naomi Osaka has withdrawn from the Western and Southern Open to protest racial injustice. Source: @naomiosaka / Twitter
Source: Twitter

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The two-time Grand Slam champion spoke about a continued genocide of Black people at the hands of the police. Read her full post below:

The Tweet has since gained over 200 000 likes and almost 60 000 retweets. There are over 2 000 replies to Osaka's Tweet. Here's what some tweeps had to say:

@rcmcgowan1 wrote:

"You are a very kind and caring person."

@rkayama added:

"I absolutely support your decision. As an elder Japanese woman, I am proud of you.Your way of life encourages also many Japanese women. Thank you."

In other viral news, Briefly.co.za recently reported on Warren Masemola after a picture of him and his 'side hustle' went viral. Mzansi social media users seem to believe that Warren Masemola has a side hustle of selling oranges from a bakkie on the road. This comes after a picture of the actor posing next to a bakkie with the fruit was shared on social media.

Many praised the media personality for not being afraid to diversify his income streams by selling fruit on the road. It is particularly admirable as pockets have been getting empty due to the Covid-19 lockdown.

Many also applauded him on not being ashamed of his hustle and thereby inspiring many in the country to keep on pushing.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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