Sometimes our lawmakers here could take some ideas from other countries that just might make ours a happier place.
Prosecutors in the southern Rio Grande do Sul state charged Juventude defender Antonio Carlos after TV images showed him shouting "monkey" during a match on March 5. Racism is a crime in Brazil not subject to bail. Damn even double murder has it's price for bail here.
He now faces one to three years if found guilty. Now that is harsh. Racism happens here everyday and if it were a crime, they'd have to use a prision the size of Texas to house them all.
Already the Sports Justice Tribunal has suspended him for 120 days and four matches. Spitting in someones face here just gets a fine and not suspension. I think being spat directly on is more degrading than name calling. I could have a list of crimes on the field that don't see any worse punishment then racism in Brazil. John Rocker I think would still be in jail if he lived there.
Antonio Carlos is Brazilian and about half of Brazil's 185 million people are black or mixed race. The greatest soccer play to ever live, Pele, is from Brazil and of course is black. Bad move brother.
Now Antonio might be able to avoid jail time. He can avoid a trial if he agrees to have 10,000 handbills made with the saying, "We are all equal," and "Say no to racism." He would have to help distribute the handbills during sporting events in the city of Caxias do Sul, where Juventude hosts its matches.
If I could also suggest he's required to sing the 1985 classic "We are the World" while passing out fliers. Something tells me he's going to be passing out fliers until his arm falls off.
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