‘Am I next?’ Tennis phenom Gauff upset by unarmed black man’s death
New York: Rising US tennis star Coco Gauff has added her voice to those expressing outrage at the death of an unarmed black man in Minnesota who was in police hands.
Gauff, a 16-year-old African American, posted a TikTok video on her Twitter feed, juxtaposing an image of herself clad in a black hoodie with photos of Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Trayvon Martin and others.
Arbery, a 25-year-old black man, was killed on February 23 while running in a residential neighborhood in Brunswick, Georgia.
Taylor an emergency medical technician who was black, was shot and killed by police who burst into her home in Kentucky in March.
Martin was a high school student when he was shot in 2012 in a killing that helped spark the Black Lives Matter movement.
“Am I next?” a caption asks, as Gauff slowly raises her face and hands to the camera.
“This is why I am using my voice to fight against racism,” continues the caption, over a gallery of slain African Americans that also includes Breonna “I am using my voice,” the caption concludes, “Will you use yours?”
Gauff burst on the international tennis scene last year at Wimbledon where she came through qualifying and beat her idol Venus Williams in the first round before exiting in the round of 16. – AFP