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The Washington Post couldn’t pass up the opportunity of the Qatar World Cup to try to turn it into a racial issue, accusing the Argentine national team of not being diverse enough, as it has no black players. In the end, the only thing they have taken advantage of it for is to make a fool of themselves.
The patronizing of the American progressive intelligentsia towards the southern part of the continent could only be surpassed by their ignorance. When Variety magazine said that the very Argentine and very white Anya Taylor-Joy was “the fifth woman of color to win a Golden Globe” we could savor a small hors d’oeuvre of this ignorance, seasoned with the unmistakable flavor of condescension of Jill Biden’s Latino “tacos.”
But the main course was served this week by The Washington Post with its cries about the lack of black players on Argentina’s national soccer team. That one of the most important newspapers in the United States does not understand soccer is understandable, but that it has the audacity to take advantage of the popularity of the World Cup to make a clickbait article full of ignorance and/or malice about Argentine society is unforgivable.
At first, they even gave the wrong demographic data, and they have been forced to update the article reducing the percentage of the Afro-descendant population in Argentina: they said it was 1% in 2010, when in fact it was 0.37%—.
But what is really serious is not that they misinform their readers with erroneous data and percentages, but that they have taken advantage of these figures to accuse the national team, and by extension, the whole country, of being racist. Although a supreme ignorance about Argentine society and history may contribute to this confusion, the accusation of racism can only be explained by the malice and divisive spirit of the woke ideology.
Why is Argentina’s national team any more racist for not having any black players than Japan’s national team for having only Asians? Why is not Cameroon’s team racist for not having any whites, Latinos or Asians? The answer seems obvious: because The Washington Post is only interested in bombarding us with the white supremacist narrative that the left loves and exploits so much.
The Washington Post‘s ridiculous article would prove that those who boast most about respect and tolerance for other cultures are actually the ones who look down on others. The readers of The Washington Post deserve much more than articles that pretend to be well-documented but think that soccer teams and countries should be like a Netflix movie.
Ignacio Manuel García Medina, Business Management teacher. Artist and lecturer specialized in Popular Culture for various platforms. Presenter of the program "Pop Libertario" for the Juan de Mariana Institute. Lives in the Canary Islands, Spain // Ignacio M. García Medina es profesor de Gestión de Empresas. Es miembro del Instituto Juan de Mariana y conferenciante especializado en Cultura Popular e ideas de la Libertad.
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