The Argentine Academy of Letters issued a statement on Tuesday about the situation facing Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani in England, where he is accused by The Football Association (FA) of having committed a racist act after replying with a ‘Thank you, little black!’ to a friend of yours on your account Instagram.
The statement, signed by the vice president of the Argentine institution, José Luis Moure, highlights: “Any user of our language in this part of the world understands that this word, used in the context that gave rise to the punitive measure, has a clear affective meaning, completely free of any discriminatory or racist nuance.”
According to the newspaper The nation, this Academy of Letters added in its statement that this accusation evidences a clear ‘Ignorance of the meaning given to this expression by speakers of Argentina and other dialect regions of South America’. And demanded ‘the presentation of the corresponding excuses for having affected the good name of Cavani in an unfounded way’.
Further, It was mentioned that the term ‘negrito’ is found in the Dictionary of the Language of Argentina, where it is highlighted that its use denotes a trust in the link and that it is used to call, ask for attention or direct the word replacing the first name ‘.
And he remarked: “The affective meaning of the word ‘black’ is” intensified in the use of Cavani by the use of the diminutive form, a mechanism present in many languages to connote that feeling “.
The FA will announce its sanction next Tuesday, January 5.
It should be noted that the support of the Argentine Academies of Letters is not the first that Cavani receives after this accusation of racism was known. This past Sunday Andreas Beck Holm, professor at the Danish University of Aarhus, wrote: “While the words Cavani used are not racist, the decision to impute him is. Specifically, it is a case of cultural racism that is closely connected with ethnocentrism ”.