Friday, March 27, 2009

Brazil President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's Racist Comment?

Maybe the president of Brazil is trying to get that 54 cent tariff on ethanol from Brazil to the USA lifted. What do you think?

Brazil President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, left, blamed "white people with blue eyes" for the world economic crisis and said it was wrong that developing countries should pay for mistakes made in richer countries. Now the Brazilian president is being accused of being racist. President Lula da Silva has been very critical of the European Union and the US for tariffs on products from developing countries. The specific quote:

"This crisis was caused by the irrational behavior of white people with blue eyes, who thought they knew everything and now show they know nothing,"

"I am not acquainted with a single black banker."

Doesn't sound racist to us, particularly about the dearth of black bankers. Of course, when it comes to Wall Street and banking, some might counter that Steven O'Neal, formerly of Merrill Lynch and Richard Parsons, Chairman of Citigroup, are notable exceptions. And of course, there IS President Barack Obama. Isn't it refreshing that America has evolved into having blacks in high positions. Now if only the mainstream environmental movement would come into the 21th Century. That community truly is the last bastion of professional level segregation.

Leading industrial and developing nations, including Brazil, will attend the G20 summit Brown hosts in London on April 2. ( via AOL.comFinance&Money)

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