“Why are there no black players in the Argentina team in the World Cup?”: The controversial report by The Washington Post

Erika Denise Edwards, an associate professor in the Department of History at the University of Texas, published a controversial article in The Washington Post titled: “Why are there no black players in the Argentina team in the World Cup?”.

The professional made an analysis of how South American countries were built as “white nations.” And for this reason, she specifically stopped at the Argentina team at the Qatar 2022 World Cup.

The expert in racial identities explained the absence of Afro-descendant soccer players in La Albiceleste and in the country: “they were used as ‘cannon fodder’ in the Malvinas war, as well as in the independence struggle of the 19th century,” she wrote.

Argentina in Qatar 2022

However: “Buenos Aires census data suggest that its Afro-descendant population had more than doubled between 1778 and 1836,” he added.

Therefore, this population disappeared after women married European men in the 19th century, that is, miscegenation.

According to the historian, the absence of Afro-descendant players in the trans-Andean team is because since the second half of the 19th century, they decided to “erase blackness because in Argentina they equated modernity with whiteness.”

Argentina in Qatar 2022
Argentina in Qatar 2022

And he quoted Domingo Faustino Sarmiento, president of Argentina from 1868 to 1874. “In twenty years we will have to travel to Brazil to see blacks.”

However, according to the author, in the country there are also categories: Creole, brown, brunette or dark-haired, like Diego Armando Maradona, for example.

“Despite a history and its remnants that have sought to erase the blackness of the nation, Argentina’s black population remains, and more Afro-descendants have been migrating there,” Edwards said.

Argentina in Qatar 2022
Argentina in Qatar 2022