What answer would you give to Fernández’s statement that a Brazilian came from the jungle? – 06/09/2021 – Reader’s Panel

In a meeting this Wednesday morning (9) with the Prime Minister of Spain, Pedro Sánchez, in Buenos Aires, the Argentine President, Alberto Fernández, said that “the Mexicans came from the Indians, the Brazilians, from the jungle, and we arrived in boats [da Europa]”. Then, he voted: “My [sobrenome] Fernández is proof of that.”

The Argentine leader believed he was referring to a phrase incorrectly attributed to the Mexican writer Octavio Paz (1914-1998), Nobel Prize for Literature in 1990, in which he would have talked about the Aztec roots of the Mexicans and the Inca origin of the Peruvians. Fernández is confused, and the phrase is part of a song by composer Litto Nebbia.

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The phrase considered racist reveals a deep cultural trait that minimizes or even denies the mestizo roots of the Argentine population, a thought that has been present since the 19th century among important intellectuals and rulers.

After the repercussions, the Argentine president published a message on Twitter in which he said that “our diversity is a pride” and apologized “to anyone who has felt offended or made impossible”.

On social networks in Brazil, the reaction was immediate. “Implied prejudiced cretinice,” wrote one user.

It is worth remembering that Brazil and Argentina are great commercial partners and the flow of tourists (before the pandemic) between the two countries is also considerable, although there is a sporting rivalry that is often negatively transferred to society.

That said, if you were in Buenos Aires this morning alongside Fernández and the prime minister of Spain, what would you say in response to the Argentine president? What advice would you give the neighboring leader? Send an email to [email protected]

Don’t forget to provide your name, age, profession and city. We’ll post the best answers — which obviously don’t include swear words or offensive, pissy, racist and prejudiced terms.

A leaf thanks everyone for participating!

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