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The false superiority of the Brazilian Upper classes

This post has something to do with the former post, “Educated Immigrants”. That posts talks about educated immigrants from several different countries that live in the USA. This post is about the the upper classes in a country like Brazil.

If you born in an upper middle or upper class family in Brazil, you might have some or all of these characteristics:

1) You think poor people need to look up to you and respect you;

2) Poor people exist to serve you; at home, at work and everywhere else;

3) You barely talk to or acknowledge the waiter serving coffee or cleaning the floors anywhere you go;

4) Your child should not mingle with children of the help, or children who live in bad neighborhoods;

5) Anyone who has an undergraduate degree is called “doctor”, even though he or she is not a medical doctor nor has a PhD;

6) The law does not apply to you. You feel sorry for the rich kid who “accidently” hit someone with Daddy’s imported car. There is no way on earth this kid can be in prison with the lower classes, especially if he/she is white and good looking;

7) You use your contacts to find cushy jobs for yourself, your children or your close relatives;

8) If you are a woman, you have to be dressed from head to toe in the latest fashion. You simply cannot repeat a dress and you cannot wear something from last summer;

9) If you are a woman, you don’t dare go to the gym or the grocery store without make up or in sweats because people can think you are poor;

10) You don’t mind that your live-in maid sleeps in a windowless 2 x 2m room; she’s lucky she has a place to sleep!

11) You feel magnanimous when you give your maid a 30 Real salary increase, or when you give her leftover food she can take home to her family;

12) If you are a woman, you don’t do our own hair, manicure or pedicure. Why, when it’s so cheap to do it in a salon?

13) If you are a man, you wouldn’t be caught dead mowing your own lawn, gardening or washing your own car. Imagine if someone thinks you are the gardener? Besides, labor is so cheap.

14) You loooooove France. You loooove Paris, and you bash the US, but you like to come to the US for shopping.

15) You are racist, but you pretend you are not.

Examples? The David Goldman story. Wealthy and well connected family thinks they could keep American abducted child in Brazil without any consequences. Now, to be fair, many of these “attributes” can also belong to wealthy Americans too, don’t you think? Those upper crusty Boston types with 3 names and a Roman numeral at the end?


April 11, 2011 - Posted by | Brazil, Society


  1. Excellent!

    Comment by Narciso | April 11, 2011 | Reply

  2. Sad, but so true!

    Comment by Fernanda | May 1, 2011 | Reply

  3. How sad…such a beautiful country.Its 2011 and this is still occuring in all countries. Not only in brazil.

    Comment by bella | May 17, 2011 | Reply

  4. Some of the things you point are true, some I do not agree. I believe me I know the class I came from and as a Brazilian I have my own opinions, and they are not that good either.

    Comment by Silvio Frazao Costa | November 2, 2011 | Reply

  5. i would say that much of this is correct.however, the divide is less apparent in america than it is in brasil. but, i do think this is changing as more brasilians travel outside of brasil. most who are “somebody” in brasil become “nobody” in the usa or europe. in the us they are usually lumped in with illegal immigrants, mexicans, and/or cubans, or they become 2nd/3rd/4th class citizens in the blink of an eye. most of my middle-upperclass friends who have left brasil to fend for themselves elsewhere seem to return with a diminished sense of this socially learned heavy classism.

    Comment by bamabrasileira | February 20, 2012 | Reply

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