The Jewish community in the world has had rough history, but none of the moments match to World War II, or the Holocaust. In How Soccer Explains the World, it explains how the Jews, despite facing such tragedy, bounced back in the game of soccer.
Before World War II, it was a common stereotype that Jews weren’t athletic, that they were lazy, but a team known as Hakoah, which means “strength”, brought down that stereotype. The team was successful for many years, but when Hitler rose to power and began his quest for dominance in Europe, Hakoah was disbanded, as were its proud Jewish players. The team showed much Jewish pride, but the team couldn’t survive the Nazi’s violent quest for a “perfect” world.
However, after World War II, the Jews bounced back in the game of soccer in different ways. When facing opponents who disrespected them, they fought back. New Jewish teams rose to success, some didn’t show much pride in their faith, and some did.
Something that the chapter talked about was comparing the Jews situation in Europe, to the Native Americans in the United States, and some would say the comparison is still true today. Today, Native Americans are shown as mascots on sports teams, the U.S. still celebrates a holiday of a man many say led to the near extinction of Native Americans, his name being Christopher Columbus.
The comparison is similar, but not totally identical. What is identical is the world’s society’s change to political correctness for both situations. Today, many Americans wants Columbus Day, to either change it’s name, or not exist at all. Many Americans want sports teams that use Native Americans as mascots to change those mascots to something else.
For the Jews, across the whole world there is a push for respect for all religions, or non-religions. There’s a push for equality, in not just rights, but in simple treatment of people in general. The public, the people of the world, are tired of the racism, or disrespect shown to people, no matter religion or race, or any other category. However, as there always will be, there are people in the world who disagree with this opinion. In regards to immigration of the Syrian refugees, you can clearly see both sides of this opinion that political correctness is becoming more popular. Some reject this change.
For How Soccer Explains the World, they did show that the Jews bounced back after being brought down by the Holocaust. It showed them defy the stereotypes brought on about them. And maybe, other communities of people across the world will do the same.