Thuram, whose son Marcus is under contract with Bundesliga club Borussia Mönchengladbach, cites colonization and the slave trade as examples. Racism is more than just a confrontation between people with different skin colors. “We usually talk about the victims. We should ask those who benefit from it,” said Thuram, who founded his own foundation against racism ten years after the World Cup triumph.
But Thuram doesn’t get stuck in the past, he transfers the grievances into our time. “Then we realize: Europe is a fortress. People are excluded. People are deported to prisons. People are not allowed to cross the Mediterranean,” said Thuram about the waves of refugees from the Middle East. “In 50 years we will be asked how could we allow that. As we ask, how could you allow that in the days of colonialism?”
The former professional of AS Monaco, AC Parma, Juventus Turin and FC Barcelona wants to achieve a change of perspective with the people and takes the discovery of America and its continuation in the conquest of the indigenous people as an example: “Are you the ones on board or are you the people on the beach?”
With the change of perspective, Thuram wants to attack the “economic system that is questioning our survival and the planet” in order to “create a system that is fairer”. “If we let it be, we encourage injustice. But the people who could give up injustice are the people who have the advantages.” But for Thuram there is a solution that he himself knows will be difficult for a long time to come: “There will be a balance if people are not judged by the color of their skin, but by their abilities.”