Educators, this is an excellent lesson-conversation starter for what is a very complex topic. The writer however does an outstanding job of making it accessible to Middle and High school students studying World History; Cultural awareness-sensitivity; or for an English Language Arts class where the learning objective is: “Nailing the Essay!” And/or a lesson on “parts of a newspaper” e.g. Opinion vs. Reporting. US Principals should consider this essay for members of their staff as a discussion prompt for conversations about the often very sensitive, but necessary topic about race and society. Perhaps, the ‘distance’ (Japan) from the issues may allow for a ‘bringing it home (to the US) break-through’ moment.
The whitewashing of Japan’s Naomi Osaka was no accident — By Baye McNeil
Washington Post January 31
Baye McNeil is an author who lives in Japan and writes a column for the Japan Times… https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/01/31/naomi-osaka-has-become-face-japan-will-she-change-views-race/?fbclid=IwAR2iz4GTe9gzkZH9Qf4zOo-KmgDOTcWRCHAtVX9E1u32K_zof5cfxQJuMBg&utm_term=.3140946b1a06