Attacks on French Team at world Cup carry Racist UndertonesThe June 26, 2010, By Hugo B. Horton
Passionate dismay can be expected from the French fans at the humiliating defeat of their beloved team that won the 1998 World Cup, following its elimination from the greatest quadrennial show on earth. However, some worry that the tirades against the players often have an unappealing racist undertone, even if that is not the express intent. ;
There is little dispute that “Les Bleus,” as the team is know in colloquial performed sub par at the World Cup. Among other dramas, the team's stay in South Africa included a celebrity striker being sent home because of swearing, and the rest of the team refusing to practice.
However, facts aside, since then, the members of the largely black team have been called hoodlums, “gang bosses,” and have been said to be disrespectful of France. These terms have been used in the main to describe residents of the country's minority- and immigrant-filled suburban ghettos. As a result, many say that such commentary sparks racial hatred.
Criticizing the situation in France's ghettoes is a delicate tap dance, because focusing on the criminal and other negative aspects plaguing those areas inevitably circles back to the people living in the largely immigrant and heavily Muslim areas. Problems afflicting the projects include high crime, poor education and a failure to integrate immigrant youths into French culture.
Politicians have fervently joined in the harangues, in particular questioning team members' disobedience, and the decision by some on the squad not to sing France's national anthem, "La Marseillaise."