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‘No better than monkey chants’: Thuram blasted for claiming racism is part of ‘white culture’

Posted by RT on September 6, 2019  |   Comments Off on ‘No better than monkey chants’: Thuram blasted for claiming racism is part of ‘white culture’

French football veteran Lilian Thuram is facing an online backlash after seemingly claiming that white people are inherently racist. Some anti-racism activists accused him of undermining the fight against racism.

Sports newspaper ‘Corriere dello Sport – Stadio’ asked the retired French defender, who is black, whether racist behavior is wired into the “mentality” of Italian football. He responded by saying that the problem is not with the game but “white culture.”

“When we talk about racism, we need to understand that the football world is not racist, but racism is present in Italian, French, European, and – more generally – in white culture,” Thuram said. “The whites have decided they are superior to blacks and can do anything to them.”

“Blacks would never treat whites this way, for whatever reason. History proves this.

The interview took place several days after some fans from Italian club Cagliari made ‘monkey chants’ towards a black footballer, Belgian-born striker Romelu Lukaku, who plays for Inter Milan.

Thuram, in turn, seemed to be the right person to ask about the issue as he frequently campaigned against racism in football and founded an NGO to fight against it.

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Thuram’s comments, however, immediately triggered a backlash on social media. Many argued that his own words were racist to whites. “A racist response to a racist question,” one person wrote on Twitter, as another sarcastically asked if “Thuram believes he is superior to whites.”

The commenters blasted the former player for treating whites “as a unified bloc.” They also pointed out that this is what racists do to black people.

“Too bad Thuram reacts just like the white racists – by putting everyone in the same basket,” one Twitter user noted. “We don’t fight racism with racism,” another wrote, adding that Thuram’s words put him “on the same level with those who shout monkey chants at stadiums.”

The retired footballer also took flak for seemingly suggesting that racist sentiments are somehow endemic to whites and Europe, and not present among blacks. “He still believes that racism is uniquely white-on-black… It’s not the 18th century anymore,” one poster said.

Some people sided with the player. “It’s not racist to see that white people are raised in an environment, where everything conforms their feeling of superiority,” writer and journalist Rokhaya Diallo wrote. “This is not a genetic defect but a consequence of a multi-faceted system designed to their advantage.”

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The French-based anti-bigotry group, the International League against Racism and Anti-Semitism (LICRA), meanwhile, said that Thuram’s take on racism, defeats his efforts to campaign against it. It is “toxic” to define individuals by the color of their skin because it means falling for “the trap of racism,” the group stated.

The approach, which creates a world with the ‘whites’ on one side and the ‘blacks’ on the other, is not acceptable when one claims to fight racism, as Lilian Thurman wishes to do.

His words may end up having “the effect, opposite to the desired goal,” LICRA said.

A renowned footballer, Thuram played for Juventus and Barcelona, and was a member of the French national team for nearly 15 years. He won the 1998 World Cup and the 2000 European Championship.

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Trump accused of ‘insulting’ Danish queen by cancelling trip over Greenland snub

Posted by RT on August 21, 2019  |   Comments Off on Trump accused of ‘insulting’ Danish queen by cancelling trip over Greenland snub

Fuming Danish politicians say US President Donald Trump offended the Danish queen by abruptly cancelling his trip to the country. Trump called off the visit after Denmark refused to discuss selling Greenland to the US.

On Wednesday, Trump announced he will be “postponing” his visit to Denmark, originally planned for early September, after Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen refused to entertain his idea of the US buying Greenland, which is a Danish dependency.

Danish politicians were baffled by Trump’s decision. Some even said his sudden move offends the nation’s ruling monarch, Queen Margrethe II, who formally invited Trump. “This goes against everything, and it’s a big insult to the Queen as the host,” Soren Espersen, an MP from the Danish People’s Party, told news agency Ritzau.

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A fellow lawmaker and former speaker of parliament, Pia Kjaersgaard, blasted the US leader for showing a “complete lack of respect” and for being “rude to the Danish people and the Queen who had invited him.” The same sentiment was voiced by former foreign minister Uffe Ellemann-Jensen, who told Jyllands-Posten that by abruptly cancelling his visit Trump has insulted the monarch.

“Trump lives on another planet. Self-centered and disrespectful,” Pernille Skipper, a lawmaker from the Red-Green Alliance, tweeted.

As for Queen Margrethe herself, she did not publicly speak on the matter. The spokesperson for the royal family, Lene Balleby, however, told AP that the news of Trump cancelling his trip came as “a surprise.”

Trump argued that buying Greenland would be “strategically” beneficial for the US. He claimed that the island is a large financial burden for Copenhagen and keeping it hurts Denmark “very badly.”

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