An ethnic group is an ethnicity only when it is appropriate. Ask the French Ambassador to the United States, who in a letter to host Trevor Noah claimed that the African-speaking players who helped his country win the FIFA World Cup ™ were "French." They were not "Africans," he said, responding to a joke that Noah had made on a previous show that Africa won the World Cup.
The ambassador insisted that they were French because they won the World Cup. In most other French lives, they would be "immigrants."
Sport is transient in its euphoria. Victory in a major event such as the World Cup can lead to a rush of the heart, in which feelings that have never before existed suddenly appear in the chest, where hatred is replaced by superficial love and reality is suspended in Happy Hour.
Once the narcotic of triumph subsides, it's back to what it always was. In the hangover that follows, most can not believe what they said, done, or felt when they were drunk.
That a France packed with the sons of immigrants brought the country together is a myth. For a moment, yes, French of all colors and backgrounds rejoiced like one, but it will not take long.
The truth is that sporting triumphs do not necessarily unite a society, they only hide their evils.
The fact is that many people in France have a bad faith vis-à-vis immigrants and their families, most of whom are a threat to the "French way of life" and who seek to promote equal opportunities in their favela gain.
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As the American Muslim cleric Yasir Qadhi tweeted after the 4-2 World Cup final victory against Croatia: "If France were as racist towards its immigrant football players as it did [is] against most of its other population, they would never have Hopefully this will change the attitude of some of them. "
In the French elections last year, the party of the far-right and anti-immigration marine Le Pen received in the second round a third of Votes, which corresponds to 10.6 million people. The human rights organization, young blacks and Arabs in France are 20 times more likely to be stopped by the police for identity control than other groups
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In the predominantly white banlieue districts, unemployment is two and a half times higher than the national average, and in French prisons 60 percent of inmates are Muslims, even though they make up about 10 percent of the inmate population. And then there is the government's decision to deny Muslim women the right to wear the veil of the face.
The French government is also taking steps to remove the word "race" from its constitution The fact is that all its citizens are equal.
However, some human rights groups say that this only serves to disguise minority struggles and inequalities.
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For many minorities, football provides a road to equality when it comes only to the limelight. Nineteen of France's 23-strong group are either migrants or sons of migrants. While the country still bathes in splendor and represents a united France, there is the hope that we are wrong and that the triumph of a massively talented cadre can be a unifying force.
Sure, the bigger the sport, the bigger the impact That's why the Israeli government jokes itself for believing that the Lacrosse World Cup is a victory.
Israel received the hostage rights to the tournament, although many human rights organizations accused it of implementing apartheid policy and continued construction of illegal settlements on Palestinian ancestral lands.
There was a small call for a boycott of the tournament to continue, but its existence hardly serves as backing for the Israeli government.
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The fact that Argentina decided to withdraw from a football friendly in Israel, mainly because of the shooting of Palestinians who To protest in Gaza is a much bigger thing.
The lacrosse repeats only the idea that sport does not unite, but merely serves the mask.