French football legend Lilian Thuram tackles the scourge of white thinking in new book

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"People aren't born white, they become white." This realisation dawned on the former French footballer, World Cup winner and anti-racism activist Lilian Thuram while he was engaged in talks with the white French organisers of a proposed exhibition on racism. As he recounts in the introduction to his new book, White Thinking, Thuram told those around the table that, instead of focusing on the victims of racism, the exhibition 'should instead focus on those who profit from this discrimination, often unconsciously and unintentionally.' He was referring, of course, to white people. However, the idea that an exhibition on racism should focus on the problematic nature of whiteness was almost incomprehensible to them.
Original languageEnglish
Media of outputOnline publication
Place of PublicationLondon
Publication statusPublished - 14 Oct 2021


  • racism
  • white thinking
  • anti-racism

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