Instagram just featured a Utah pro athlete on its own account. Here’s why

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Utah Royals FC defender Tziarra King (3) controls the ball against OL Reign FC defender Taylor Smith (23) during a NWSL soccer game at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020.

Utah Royals FC defender Tziarra King (3) controls the ball against OL Reign FC defender Taylor Smith (23) during a NWSL soccer game at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020. | Yukai Peng, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Royals FC rookie forward has been a professional soccer player for less than nine months, but she’s already known for speaking her mind, especially on issues related to social justice.

On Wednesday, she had a huge platform to continue to do so.

Over the past few days, Instagram has featured on its own main account with nearly 370 million followers prominent Black women athletes talking about their experiences with race and sport. On Monday it was 2020 WNBA MVP A’ja Wilson, on Tuesday it was 2017 U.S. Open tennis champion Sloane Stephens and on Wednesday it was King’s turn in the spotlight.

In the caption of the photo of her, King wrote, “When I speak, I don’t speak on behalf of the entire population of Black female athletes. We might share similar experiences, but we all have unique stories. I just hope that people listen to the stories of all Black women and don’t generalize. The more voices that are heard, the better.”⁣

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“When I speak, I don’t speak on behalf of the entire population of Black female athletes. We might share similar experiences, but we all have unique stories. I just hope that people listen to the stories of all Black women and don’t generalize. The more voices that are heard, the better.”⁣ ⁣ Professional soccer player Tziarra King (@tziarraking) plays for @utahroyalsfc and is making her voice heard loud and clear in her @nwsl rookie season.⁣ ⁣ “For me, being a Black woman in soccer means being in spaces where most people don’t look like you or relate to your experiences. But it also means breaking down barriers and inspiring a younger generation of Black girls to chase their dreams. I fight for little girls who look like me, think like me and will experience similar things that I have. I fight to let them know that they belong in whatever space they desire to be in.⁣ ⁣ It can be exhausting, especially right now, trying to get people to understand your perspective. Regardless, I wouldn’t change who I am for anything in this world. I love being a Black woman.” ⁣ ⁣ Head to @nwsl today as they share more perspectives and voices from Black athletes and advocates in their league.⁣ ⁣ #ShareBlackStories #SeeMe⁣ ⁣ Photo of @tziarraking by @bukunmigrace

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She continued, “For me, being a Black woman in soccer means being in spaces where most people don’t look like you or relate to your experiences. But it also means breaking …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Sports News

      

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