Friday, April 3, 2009

Is this racism against whites from Brazil's President ?

Brazil's President Lula sparked controversy prior to the G20 Summit by calling the credit crunch the fault of white blond blue eyed people. What is surprising to me is that the story hasn't gotten so much attention. His sentiments are disturbing on so many levels. Firstly he singled out a race to blame. Then secondly, Brazil is hardly the beacon of racial harmony. Thirdly he reduced the crash of a system built by whites then taken on by everyone else to the race of those that invented it.

Why am I disturbed by this guy's comments? Being black aren't I supposed to be cheering him on being that I am under discriminatory pressure from the same system built by the same whites ? His comments are very disturbing and I am not exactly sure why. But it sort of sounds like a call to arms of the non white world to fight the blond blue eyed "evil ones? Let's say this so called world of color takes over economic power, what is the place for blacks? If Brazil is to go by, a black person is much better of sitting on their hands.

Here is a report from UK's Mirror.

Gordon Brown was forced to listen as Brazil's President Lula declared the credit crunch was the fault of white, blue-eyed people yesterday.

The rant at a press conference risked upstaging the PM's diplomatic moves before the G20 summit next month.

Mr Brown aims to smooth the way for an agreement on tackling the global downturn.

But populist Lula, who like his countryman Pele is known by a single name, warned talks at the gathering would be "spicy".

And he took the opportunity to lay into rich nations.

The president, white and bearded, said: "I am not acquainted with any black bankers. This is a crisis that was caused by people, white with blue eyes. Before the crisis they looked like they knew everything about economics.

"Now they have demonstrated they don't know anything about economics."

Lula said people who caused the slump - financiers who saw themselves as "gods of wisdom" - were not the ones paying the price.

He continued: "The part of humanity that is responsible should pay for the crisis." Mr Brown looked ill at ease as the president went on. Cabinet minister Douglas Alexander, who was in the audience, rolled his eyes.