Originally posted by poet1b
reply to post by henriquefd
Sounds like you were born into wealth, and have lived a life of privilege, most likely made possible by the aggressively brutal tactics used against
the poor people of Brazil, to keep them poor, and to keep the rich families of Brazil rich.
A vast majority of us hate the results of the Patriot Act. Made possible, in my opinion, by people within the U.S. who are in fact partners with the
On the contrary, my friend. When I was born, I was lower middle class. And I was a lot more lucky than my father, who was born in poverty in one of
the tiniest cities in Brazil. My grandfather was a truck driver while my grandma took care of their 7 children. My grandfather devoted his whole life
to work hard for his family and his life story is beautiful and example to all our family generations. Nothing is more valuable in my family than hard
work, because that is what gave us everything we have today.
So, once again, don't try to change the subject and paint me as the bad guy. My family didnt apply any brutal tactics against the poor people of
Brazil. We actually help several poor comunities. In every city where we have a company, we do something to help the local communities.
I have done my share, and still do my share and have photos to prove it, of the work I do with poor communities. I have once organized an tech fair
together with an university in Sao Luis, in the state of Maranhao, at the northeast of Brazil and we managed to gather 1 ton of food which I
personally distributed to the poor community of Araçagy. I am rich. But I know how I got here. How my family got here. And I am proud of all the hard
work we have done.
That aside, you talk about Brazil like you know my country. Which is fair, since I talk about US as well. But I wonder if you know my country as well
as I know yours?
And when you mention that in our country we keep the poor poorer and the rich, richer, are you sure you are not talking about capitalism? Are you a
You really don't know Brazil. Have you been here? Have you been following the news about our economy? While our poor poeple are becoming middle class,
the opposite is happening in US. I'm sorry, but it's not Brazil that is going through an economical crysis. It is your country. My country doesn't
have a problem with unemployment. Your country does. My country is not bailing out big corporations with taxpayers dollars, making the richer even
more rich. Yours is.
Now, going back to topic...
My point is that if you justify that people had the right to remove the muslims from the air plane because of Freedom of Speech, you are saying that
Freedom of Speech allows prejudice and racism... When I mentioned I have visited Dubai and Jordan, I meant to say that it is common ot see people
dressed in their typical garments. Those same garments that made those US citizens afraid in the airplane. Although those two could've been standing
out from the rest of the crowd in the airplane, the fear of the majority was based on ignorance and disinformation by mainstream media. If they have
had the experience that I had, to go to Dubai and Jordan, they would realise how normal it is for people to wear clothes like that.
Heck, I have just returned from Tailand and 4% of their population is muslim. I have seen them everywhere in Bangkok and Chiang Mai. Even in Pukhet
I don't pretend to understand how 9/11 psychologically affected US citizens, be it an inside job or not. So I can see how that event could have caused
part of this prejudice. I would rather see people being educated about this, than just standing by any form of prejudice. It is just not
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