Britain’s visiting Prime Minister Gordon Brown, right, shakes hands with Brazil’s President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva during a welcoming ceremony at the Alvorada palace in Brasilia on Thursday.
During a joint press conference with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown in Brasilia on Thursday, Brazil’s President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva made the startling assertion that the current worldwide economic catastrophe was caused by “white people with blue eyes.” Perhaps that last detail was thrown in to graciously let brown-eyed Brown off the hook.
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.”
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.”
Mr Brown appeared to distance himself from Mr Lula da Silva’s remarks. “I’m not going to attribute blame to any individuals,” he said.