Brazil’s President Lula de Silva has some insightful remarks on the world economic crisis:
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,
Unlike Lula, who shows how very much he knows.
Racist? Nah, can’t be; Lula’s Brazilian, folks. Third-world country, you know. And besides:
When challenged about his claims, Lula said: “I only record what I see in the press. I am not acquainted with a single black banker.
That’s probably a stranger statement, when you think about it, than Lula’s first one. Not only is it bizarre that Lula thinks not a single lender of subprime mortgages or derivatives trader or quant or anyone else mixed up in this mess might have been black, but after all, Lula is Brazilian, and Brazil has an enormous black population:
Brazil has the largest population of black origin outside of Africa with, in 2007, 7.4% classyfing themselves as preto (black skin color) and 42.3% as pardo (brown color). The latter classification is broad and encompasses Brazilians of mixed ancestry, including mulattos and caboclos, making the total 49.5%. The largest concentration of Afro-Brazilians is in the state of Bahia where over 80% of the people are descendants of Africans.
Are none of these people employed as a banker? In Bahia, for example? Or has Lula just not met any? Or, because they are black, would such people by definition be absolved of any wrongdoing (remember; only whites can be racist)?
As for Lula himself, I suppose he appears to be white (I’m not up on the finer points of these distinctions), although hardly blue-eved, and not a banker: