The Japanese Rui Hachimura, part of the Washington Wizards, explained Thursday that he was the victim of racism daily on social networks.
Japanese basketball player Rui Hachimura, born to a Beninese father, said Thursday that he receives racist messages “almost every day” while we are witnessing a mobilization against the racist insults suffered by athletes on social networks.
Washington Wizards player Hachimura, 23, spoke up after his college basketball player brother tweeted an insulting message he received.
“There are people who claim that there is no racism in Japan,” writes 21-year-old Hachimura, commenting on an insulting message in Japanese calling on him to “die”. “But I want people to be aware of the issue of racism even though I think exposing this message is not going to solve the problem,” he added.
Rui Hachimura, who has 200,000 followers on Twitter, assured him that he receives “this kind of thing almost every day”.
Social media boycott
The new revelations come as several sportsmen and clubs, mainly English, last weekend observed a temporary boycott of social networks to protest against online abuse, including racism.
Several of them, like Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) and Reece James (Chelsea), have been the target of insults on social media in recent months.
The English Football Federation, Premier League, Second Division and Women’s Super League clubs, as well as organizations representing players, referees and coaches, later joined by other sports such as rugby or cricket, had decided not to feed their accounts on social networks from Friday April 30 to Monday May 3.
At the end of March, Thierry Henry, top scorer for the France team and 1998 world champion, announced that he would be absent from social networks as long as the platforms had not acted more against “racism”, the ” intimidation ”and“ the resulting mental torture ”.
In Japan, tennis player Naomi Osaka, of Japanese mother and Haitian father, winner of the US Open 2018 and the Australian Open 2019, also took a stand against racism.
Last August, Osaka, who was to play a semi-final of the WTA tournament in Cincinnati (United States), withdrew from the table to protest against the shooting of the police on African-American Jacob Blake.