I thought Lula had topped the scale with his comment on “white blue-eyed man” causing the crisis. But yet again, I was wrong. Alex explains to us all that Lula didn’t really mean that our current crisis was created by white blue-eyed individuals but by “white blue-eyed nations”.
First of all, even though it is plausible that Lula really meant to generalize his racist rant, he was pretty specific with his words when he said that “I do not know any black or indigenous bankers”. So, before getting to the main point, let’s introduce Mr.Squid to some nice “black bankers”, many of them who had their fair share on the current mess:
Stan O’Neal – Currently serves on the board of Alcoa Inc. and is the former President, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Merrill Lynch & Co.
Richard Dean Parson – Citigroup Inc. Chairman
Franklin Delano Raines – Former Fannie Mae CEO
Kenneth I. Chenault – American Express Chairman and CEO
Ephren Taylor – CEO of City Capital Corporation
Clearly, the fact that these powerful people are black is completely unrelated to the financial crisis. After all, we have many other black people commanding companies of other kinds, like:
And many, many more.
Now, if we do have blacks CEOs, a black President, black Supreme Court judges, generals, governors, mayors, etc, how can we really still be a “white blue-eyed nation”?
Of course Alex will tell me that the problem is that we don’t have enough powerful black people! That the proportion of poor black people is way high, and that Obama is just an exception.
Isn’t that’s a nice copout? I mean, no matter how many times we break a stereotype, how much we advance as a society, anything but perfection (which would mean what? The exact same proportion on every single aspect across all races?) we are a white nation and that is it.
I can understand Lula’s ignorance. After all, he is an uneducated person who speaks what he has been told all his life. He probably doesn’t have a clue of what the American people look like besides what he sees on TV and the few top politicians who come to visit him. It makes sense that he has never seen a “black banker”, or a black doctor, or a black lawyer, etc. It is also very easy to prove Lula wrong. Nothing more than a 15 minute Google search on black CEOs.
Now Alex’s rationalization is much, much worse. First because it is impossible to prove right or wrong. But most importantly, because it shows the kind of crap that is being fed to American teenagers who pay thousands of dollars to go to universities to supposedly be educated and understand better the world. The kind of crap that goes from theory to practice really quickly, and with the help of our media, becomes the unchallengeable truth. I mean, Maureen Dowd even thinks white brown-eyed people suffer with the blue eye discrimination.
Am I saying that the US is a perfect nation? Of course not. But stupid myths like this one actually makes progress harder, not easier.