March 27 2009
FT.com / Americas / Politics & Policy - Brazil?s leader blames white people for crisis
What a blatant racist! Shame on him!Brazilís President Luiz InŠcio Lula da Silva on Thursday blamed the global economic crisis on ďwhite people with blue eyesĒ and said it was wrong that black and indigenous people should pay for white peopleís mistakes.
Speaking in BrasŪlia at a joint press conference with Gordon Brown, the UK prime minister, Mr Lula da Silva told reporters: ďThis 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.Ē
He added: ďI do not know any black or indigenous bankers so I can only say [it is wrong] that this part of mankind which is victimised more than any other should pay for the crisis.Ē