Washington Post Retracts Op-Ed Lamenting the Lack of Black Players on Argentina’s National Soccer Team After Being Lambasted by Argentines
For the far-left Washington Post, the message is clear: don’t take your woke nonsense abroad.
Due to editorial bias, the Washington Post had to retract an opinion piece that had criticized Argentina for not including any Black players in their World Cup lineup.
On Thursday, associate professor at the University of Texas at El Paso Erika Denise Edwards voiced her criticism of the team’s racial makeup in an opinion article published in the Washington Post with the title “Why doesn’t Argentina have more Black players in the World Cup?”
Her subtitle stated, “Argentina is far more diverse than many people realize — but the myth that it is a White nation has persisted.”
“As fans keep up with Argentina’s success in this year’s World Cup, a familiar question arises: Why doesn’t Argentina’s team have more Black players? In stark contrast to other South American countries such as Brazil, Argentina’s soccer team pales in comparison in terms of its Black representation,” Edward wrote.
On Saturday, La Libertad Avanza, a right-wing populist Argentine political coalition, lambasted Edwards’ hit piece.
“Because we are a country, not a Disney movie,” the party wrote on Twitter.
Because we are a country, not a Disney movie. https://t.co/k8Lps8PgW2
— La Libertad Avanza (@LLibertadAvanza) December 10, 2022
WaPo was forced to issue a correction stating that the absence of black players was mostly due to the lack of a significant black population.
“Due to an editing error, an earlier version of this piece noted that roughly one percent of the Argentinian population was Black according to a 2010 government released census. While the number of Black people cited was accurate, the percentage was actually far less than one percent and the piece has been amended to state that.”
The Washington Post opinion piece complaining that there are no black players on Argentina’s team has been corrected after the fact, to note that “far less than 1%” of the Argentine population is black. https://t.co/G7B5BO8LJO pic.twitter.com/kSBhjTRoV9
— Alex Griswold (@HashtagGriswold) December 12, 2022
New York Post reported:
Edwards cited historical data that she said showed that in the 18th century, a third of Argentina’s population was black.
After Argentina gained its independence, its leaders sought to bring it closer to
Europe by initiating a process of “whitening,” according to Edwards.
“They believed that to join the ranks of Germany, France and England, Argentina had to displace its black population — both physically and culturally,” she wrote.
The original version of the op-ed cited census figures from 2010 that showed that “roughly one percent” of Argentina’s population of 46 million was black.
But the Washington Post later issued a correction noting that the actual number was “far less than” 1%.
Edwards pushed back against the criticism when contacted by The Post on Monday.
“My article provides a brief history of how Argentina went from roughly one third of its population categorized as black to less than one percent today. This is not a new conversation,” Edwards said. “It primarily debunks the various myths that have been used to explain black disappearance. We cannot accept that it is just European immigration that whitened the population in Argentina, as various countries throughout the Americas experienced massive European immigration too.”