“If people loved Asian people as much as they love bubble tea, anime, mocha, sushi, matcha etc… Imagine profiting/enjoying things that come from a culture and then attacking/diminishing the ethnic group that created it,” Osaka wrote in a tweet.
She elaborated in an Instagram post that included a screenshot of the tweet and the hashtag #stopasianhate.
“It’s really sad that this even has to be a hashtag/slogan,” wrote Osaka, who has won four grand slam titles. “It should be common sense but it seems like common sense is uncommon in this world now.”
Osaka also tweeted last month she feels the media has not widely covered crimes against Asian people, writing that the “hate and racism and blame for COVID towards the Asian community is disgusting.”
“The fact that this topic is not very widely covered makes me concerned,” she wrote. “I only found videos and information because I was scrolling through my IG feed and by some algorithm it appeared.”
Osaka has a history of being vocal about social issues. She wore face masks during last year’s U.S. Open with the names of black Americans who were shot and killed by law enforcement and members of neighborhood-watch groups over the past decade.
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