Friday, March 27, 2009

Economic Crisis Due to "White People with Blue Eyes": Lula da Silva

Speaking in Brasília at a joint press conference with U.K. prime minister Gordon Brown, Brazil's president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva blamed the global economic crisis on white people.

Specifically, he blamed the crisis on "white people with blue eyes." In reality, he probably wanted to point the blame of this crisis on wealthy Americans and Europeans (probably more toward Americans). Lula da Silva said:
“This crisis was caused by the irrational behaviour of white people with blue eyes, who before the crisis appeared to know everything and now demonstrate that they know nothing. I do not know any black or indigenous bankers so I can only say [it is wrong] that this part of mankind which is victimized more than any other should pay for the crisis."
I'm sure Gordon Brown blanched at that comment. His response:
“I’m not going to attribute blame to any individuals."
Lula da Silva also spoke against protectionism as a response to the global economic crisis.
“I compare protectionism to a drug. Why do people use drugs? Because they are in crisis and they think the drug will help them. But its effects pass quickly.”
There is a G-20 summit in London, scheduled for next week.

4 comments:

My_RX8_SS said...

I'm glad that racism is alive and well in the top levels of Brazilian government. What's worse (?) that he blames it on "white people ....." or that he doesn't know any black or indigenous bankers in Brazil?

Anonymous said...

The context is absolutely not people but econony. There was no racism in that words.

He was more explicit when spoke about protectionism.

Otavio -Mega- said...

I'm pretty sure he didn't mean that shit! In Brazil we consider ourselves white. That doesn't happen in the states, that consider us simply latin people. I don't like Lula, but, I'm pretty sure he didn't mean that, refering to americans and europeans, once, here in Brazil he is white...

Mychael Margott said...

I'm pretty sure he didn't mean that, refering to americans and europeans, once, here in Brazil he is white...