Note from BW of Brazil: 2019 is not yet even one month old yet. But as I’ve been documenting racial issues in Brazil for a little more than seven years now, I safety bet that we’ll being seeing more alarming, shocking stories that will show us that the country has yet to reach the goal of the racial democracy that has never existed, even as elites so successfully fooled people, both Brazilian and not, that it was a reality. 2018 simply provided more evidence that there is no reason to expect things to change in this new year. And quite frankly, I think that groups that suffer from this social disease should spend more time organizing their communities, educating their children and adults on how to not simply try to co-exist but prosper under such a system. It can be done, particularly in today’s day and age in which communication is so easy. Today, I just wanted to share 12 reports, one for every month of last year, many of which were covered on this very blog, that evidence the fact that we shouldn’t hold our collective breath for the end of racism any time soon.
12 facts from 2018 that prove that Brazil is still a racist country
At the end of the year, a retrospective of topics shows how Brazil is still a racist country. At least once a month there was a case of racismo ou injúria racial (racism or racial injury/slur) that had repercussions and caused outrage. To paraphrase the rapper Mano Brown “500 years of Brazil and Brazil, nothing has changed”.
By Thais Prado
UniCarioca students and teachers were targets of racism. A page titled riodenojeira.com, whose author is identified by ricwagner1, published a text with racial offenses directed at students and professors of UniCarioca, a private network of higher education of Rio de Janeiro. In a posting on January 6th, the author said he was bothered by a greater presence of “blacks and mestiços; poor blacks” at the university. He said that the college had become a “boca de fumo” (drug house) and a gigantic senzala (slave quarter)” and that the elite then went on to study at more expensive institutions so that “their descendants don’t mingle with the Unicarioca simian traffickers.”
Judo wrestler Rafaela Silva was a victim of racism of the Rio de Janeiro Military Police: “I thought I had been caught in the favela,” the athlete was in a taxi when a PM car stopped her and got her out of the car; police officers released her only after they learned she was “that Olympian athlete.”
A black client was listed as “macaco” (monkey) on a Burger King restaurant receipt. Davi Zambelli Jr exposed the case of prejudice in social networks and registered a police report for racial insult against the fast food chain.
After the Attorney General’s Office (PGR) denounced the then federal deputy Jair Bolsonaro (PSL-RJ) to the Federal Supreme Court (STF) for the crime of racism, his son Flávio Bolsonaro, state deputy in Rio de Janeiro, changed his name on Twitter. He included the word “Negão” (big black) in his name and posted a picture of him hugging a black man, “racist is your mother’s asshole,” wrote the deputy.
A student at FGV, who was suspended for racism, was given the right to return to school after going to court. The student of the Administration course of the Fundação Getúlio Vargas, in São Paulo, Gustavo Metropolo, had been suspended for calling a black colleague “escravo” (slave) in a WhatsApp group.
After giving a lecture in New York, Brazilian cleaning lady is the target of racism in social networks. Alline Parreira, the Brazilian who was a beneficiary of Bolsa Família and currently lecturing in the United States, had been the target of racist comments in a group of Brazilians in New York. The young activist responded to the racists and reaffirmed her identity as a black woman.
An article in the newspaper O Globo compares Pogba to an “animal that comes out of captivity”. Text of the Rio newspaper, describing the joy and excitement of Pogba, who is black, with France’s victory in the World Cup, compared him to an animal; internet users accused the vehicle of racism.
After suffering racism from colleagues, a 12-year-old student from a municipal school in Praia Grande, São Paulo, ended up earning a scholarship and will finish the Elementary and Middle School in a private institution in Boqueirão, an upper crust neighborhood. “There, bullying, with verbal assaults and an anonymous death threat, had been going on since June. The girl would also have been called a ‘vagabond’ and ‘monkey’ by other students,” explained the student’s mother, the vendor Adelaide Alves, 31.
Professor of the Colégio Técnico of Unicamp (Cotuca) was a victim of racism and homophobia. In a note of repudiation, the Cotuca administration stated that “a message with racist and homophobic offenses was left in the bin of a college professor.” Fórum (website) learned that the professor, black and homosexual, was insulted in the message left in the compartment in which he stores his school materials. “Dear professor, here’s the tip: you are black and a faggot, your place is not in the classroom,” was written on the note, according to a student.
Black models participating in the Top Cufa beauty contest at a mall were compared to slaves in a WhatsApp group. “It reflects what black people go through in Brazil every day,” said the Top Cufa organizer.
Tháyna Sisnande, substitute professor of Pharmaceutical Biotechnology and doctoral student in Biological Chemistry at the IbQM – UFRJ (Institute of Medical Biochemistry of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro) went through an embarrassment at a hotel in Rio. The only black woman attending a congress at the location, she was directed to enter through the back service door, where they took out the trash. “It’s inhumane to go up with the trash,” she said.
Later detailing the incident, Sisnande wrote:
“I’m a UFRJ teacher, doctoral student and if you look around, me and the professor are the only black people participating in this event…You expect people like us to be in a position to serve like the other black people who find themselves serving coffee, taking out the trash!” At the hotel, being informed of the incident, the hotel’s manager replied: “We are not racist. Just look at our employees.”
Video that viralized in the social networks shows an employee of the “Loja Amiga”, in Pouso Alegre, Minas Gerais, disconnecting a Santa Claus puppet that entertained a black child. For thousands of Internet users who shared the video, the worker’s attitude was disrespectful and racist. Many Facebook and Twitter users said that if it was a white child dancing with a Santa Claus puppet the employee would have had a different attitude.
Source: Revista Fórum