Yesterday I posted the video of Lula blaming the financial crisis on “white people with blue eyes”,
Speaking in Brasília at a joint press conference with Gordon Brown, the UK prime minister, Mr Lula da Silva told reporters: “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.”
The Financial Times,
He added: “I 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.”
The Independent has more of the quote:
“This is a crisis that was caused by people, white with blue eyes. And before the crisis they looked as if they knew everything about economics,” he said. “Once again the great part of the poor in the world that were still not yet [getting] their share of development that was caused by globalisation, they were the first ones to suffer.
“Since I am not acquainted with any black bankers, I can only say that this part of humanity that is the major victim of the world crisis, these people should pay for the crisis? I cannot accept that. If the G20 becomes a meeting just to set another meeting, we’ll be discredited and the crisis can deepen.”
Lula then made a joint plea with Gordon Brown for the the world’s biggest economies to provide $100bn to boost global trade. I wonder if white folks with blue eyes are the only ones to pay for that bundle.
At least Lula spoke against protectionism:
Mr Lula da Silva also spoke out strongly against raising trade barriers in response to the global crisis. “I compare protectionism to a drug,” he said. “Why do people use drugs? Because they are in crisis and they think the drug will help them. But its effects pass quickly.”
As long as it’s not the “white folks with blue eyes” paying for the drugs, Lula?
Or was Lula just
laying out some white guilt spicing things up ahead of the G20?
His colourful language served as a reminder of the diplomatic challenge Mr Brown faces to forge agreement among the 20 largest economies. “Our meeting in London has to be spicy, it has to have a bit of heat,” said the Brazilian leader — in stark contrast to Mr Brown’s repeated claims of an emerging international consensus.
I’ll be talking about this in today’s podcast at 11AM Eastern. Chat’s open by 10:45AM. See you there!
Vlad Tepes came out with a YouTube
And a 2002 article on Black Power? Not Just Yet…