The american Frances Tiafoe, whose video of protest at the death of George Floyd has been seen widely, says that athletes do not always appreciate the influence they have. The player of 22 years, quarter finalist at the Australian Open in 2019, published a video on Instagram also with Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka and Coconut Gauff.
In the video, Tiafoe and his girlfriend, Ayan Broomfield, dropped the rackets and lifted the hand to “raise awareness of the wrongful deaths of many african americans” there have been widespread protests in 75 cities of the usa.
UU. Since Floyd, an unarmed black man, died after being trapped by a police officer white. The police officer of Minneapolis, Derek Chauvin, who knelt in the neck of Floyd, has been accused of his murder.
He and three other policemen have been sacked. “The athletes have a lot of, a lot of attraction, and I don’t think we realize how much is it really,” said Tiafoe, the son of immigrants from Sierra Leone, to Newsday on the World Service of the BBC .
“We started the trend: people want to be like a LeBron James, like Michael Jordan, like a Roger Federer, so that when you go and say something, people will listen. And those are the things that can really make changes.
If you really talk and make a difference, I think that things can happen, ” The video is set to the song Glory. It was written and performed by John Legend and rapper Common for the film Selma, which documented aspects of the american movement for civil rights in the 1960s.
Sloane Stephens, Gael Monfils, Jo-Wilfred Tonga and britain’s Heather Watson also appear in the film, by raising your hand.
Frances Tiafoe, Naomi Osaka and Coconut Gauff, influencers against racism
Tiafoe says he was very sure of his feelings, but in two minds whether to speak publicly.
“It is a very thin line, you’d have to say. I was 50-50 to get it out, but I’m happy to have done it at the end. Definitely there was a tug-of-war, but sometimes it’s bigger than that, what was this case, ” he said.
“You can see all the disturbances that pass through the united States. It was necessary to say it. The way things are going at this time definitely we need a change” Finally, his girlfriend persuaded him that a collective statement was the right thing.
“I think that it was important to portray the power of the players in black,” said Ayan. “I think that many times we forget how much we can achieve when we unite. We were surprised that Serena, Naomi, Coco, Sloane, Monfils was so open to supporting us”
“They all have platforms really large, so the fact that we can share on a level so vast it was incredible” Osaka and Gauff have also made clear their feelings in other ways.
Osaka, two-time champion of Grand Slam, posted a picture of her apparently among the protesters in Minneapolis and another of the monument to Floyd. Gauff, who is only 16 years old, appeared in TikTok with a hooded sweatshirt black while reveal on the screen the names and pictures of african americans killed by police.
“Am I the following?” The subtitle says, while she raises their hands. “I’m using my voice. How will you use yours?”