Don’t blame the players, past or present, who spent their lives dedicated to their dream, at the expense of everything, including education, for the chance to support their country and prove themselves on the field.
Don’t blame the people of Brazil, who have finally found their voice and are taking advantage of the spotlight to be heard.
Don’t blame the foreigners coming for the games, many of whom have saved their hard-earned wages for the once-in-a-lifetime chance to support their teams on the home turf of world champions.
Blame Dilma. Blame Lula. Blame those who allow some states in Brazil to still be run like dictatorships. Blame the politicians who line their own pockets at the expense of the country’s health care and education system. Blame the contractors who didn’t deliver in the hopes of holding the country hostage in the final hours.
Focus on who is really to blame and make them pay in another way. But don’t take the World Cup away from the people of Brazil or the people coming to celebrate them. (Brazilians – that means you too.)