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“It is with the Whites that we must speak” – RT in French
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“It is with the Whites that we must speak” – RT in French
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The former French football star has been involved in the fight against racism for several years, notably defending the Black Lives Matter movement. For him, the “whites” must be more involved in the fight against racism.

In an interview for The Guardian on October 28, former international footballer Lilian Thuram spoke about his vision of racism and the role of “whites”. He said, for example: “If we are to talk about racism, it is with whites that we have to talk.”

The former Monaco and FC Barcelona player then embarked on an analogy with sexism: “It’s like with sexism, the people who need to be educated are men and boys. What I’m trying to say is, “Well, there is racism: Why? And why do they say there are whites and non-whites? Why do they say there are people of color? ” If you don’t know the reasons, you won’t be able to understand why prejudices exist. People need to know the history of the racialization of the world. ”

“It is important that people who are said to be white understand what it is to be white,” adds the author of White thought.

“When you understand history, you understand that racism has always been a scam. It has always been a political construction intended to break the bonds of solidarity between human beings in order to exploit certain people so that a minority can enrich themselves, ”he also explains, hoping that the“ masks ”of skin color will one day be removed. “We must promote the idea that we are human beings before anything else”, supports the former defender of the France team who believes that it is up to “the minority to bring about change”.

In this interview, Lilian Thuram also defends kneeling before matches, in support of the movement Black lives matter. Originally this knee to the ground had taken essence on American football fields in 2016 to denounce, during American anthems, the racism of the police against blacks in the United States.

For Thuram, whites should stop playing in case of racist act in matches

The retired athlete also considers that “it is up to white players, generally in the majority, to refuse to play” when there are manifestations of racism in the stadiums. “Then the powers that be will be forced to act. Because otherwise their business [et leurs intérêts commerciaux] will suffer ”, he assures us.

The former world champion player also denounces the passivity of the authorities who would do nothing to fight against racism, taking the example of Italy where he played for two clubs, Parma and Juventus de Turin: “I arrived in Italy in 1997 and there were racist chants in the stadiums. We are now in 2021 and there are still racist chants in the stadiums. ” Thus, according to him, the public authorities “will not make substantial changes until the day when the white players decide to stop playing”. “Then the institutions will be forced to find solutions,” he says.

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