A Thank You Note to Ryan Lochte
Dave Pell

Notwithstanding the humor in Pell’s piece, there is a particularly despicable attitude embedded in the incident, of how these two Americans regard Brazil. They assumed it would be all too easy to get away with “it”, cuz Brazil is a “banana republic”, and you can just “get away with stuff”. Call me “oversensitive”, but I see this condescension, this chauvinism, if you will, akin to racism.

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