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Blaise Matuidi – « It’s time »

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I discovered what happened in the USA on my phone, on social networks.

I was shocked, sad, disgusted, I didn’t understand, I wanted to cry. I’m angry, really.

We’re in 2020… 2020!

My children are of mixed race, my wife is white. How do I explain to them that in the world we live in, things like that can still happen? That this still exists, that it’s possible they’re not free from racism.

I don’t want to explain to them that they’re different because it’s not true, it’s a lie. I want us to rise, high and strong. It’s over. It’s enough. I’m not scared. I’m done thinking about those things. It’s time.

That evil has no frontiers, we’ve been able to accomplish miracles within days with the health crisis, put the world in quarantine, be united and mobilized for our health. Let’s do that again. We have the means of communications to do it, whether we are famous or not. It’s time. It’s time to say stop.

The world is mobilizing, we don’t want to cry as we have done for those victims, I want Georges Floyd to be the last.

We all have a role to play. We must all be examples, be united. The world has to be a locker room, filled with different nationalities, united, nourished by its diversity, stronger towards a common goal. Without fear. Let’s do it for our families, for our children. I will fight for that and not have it any other way. For us, for our children. We must act, if we’re not heard, it will carry on. It’s time.

Everybody must feel responsible, must be able to look at themselves in the mirror, no one should stay silent. It’s time, everyone at their own scale, responsible for their close environment.

I’ve been a victim of prejudice. If you let them go, you open the door to catastrophes. Let nothing through. Let’s be fighters. As soon as I see an inappropriate comment on social media, I will signal it, I’m going to take them individually. And we will count on the responsibility of Instagram, Facebook and Twitter to apply sanctions, and silence these voices, these “little jokes”. This isn’t a joke, neither on social media, in the stadiums, at work, nowhere.

 

I am sad, I have a huge thought for these victims but I want to fight, I believe in a better world. May justice be done today, for tomorrow. It’s time.

Blaise.

 

BLAISE MATUIDI

International French, Defensive Midfielder Juventus De Turin

Champion de France
2013, 2014, 2015 et 2016

Vainqueur de la Coupe de France
2015, 2016

Vainqueur de la Coupe de la Ligue
2014, 2015, 2016

Vainqueur du Trophée des Champions
2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

Vice Champion d’Europe
2016

Champion du Monde

2018

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