Note from BW of Brazil: When reading our numerous posts on racism in Brazil, new readers who might have only recently become conscious of a racial problem in Brazil and might ask, how is it that this racial hierarchy continues to exist. And those who discover the racial issue might then come to the conclusion that the situation can’t possibly be as bad as that in the US. Responding to both of these comments can actually make a lot of sense after reading today’s article.
You see, this blog’s position on comparing the racial situation of Brazil with that of US is that there’s no sense in arguing which is better or worse because racism in racism regardless where one lives. What BW of Brazil argues is that Brazilian-styled racism is more effective than that that exists in the US. And one of the main reasons is that often times, it is the black population itself that is convinced that racism doesn’t exist in Brazil or that it is something that only happens in the United States. With countless thousands of cases of racism happening across the country every day for many centuries, it is beyond absurd that people continue to live in denial. After all, as anthropology professor Kabengele Munanga explained, ‘the myth of racial democracy is part of the education of the Brazilian.”
The fact of the matter is that stories such as those of Afro-Brazilian activists such as Frei David and Jurema Batista are very common among the black population. Davi didn’t know he was black and Batista simply didn’t believe that racism existed in Brazil. This self-deception in relation to matters of race is something that doesn’t often happen in the US as most black Americans haven’t been under the illusion of racism not existing in that country. In Brazil, the culture of denial is such that it disarms so many of the very people that will be the ones affected by this social disease. This and other reasons are examples of why this writer argues that Brazilian styled racism is actually more effective.
Accused of theft, young black university student repents having said that “racism doesn’t exist”
The university student David Castro was offended and accused of stealing a cell phone in a snack bar in Fortaleza; soon after, the woman found the device inside her bag
The Civil Engineering student David Castro said he had been a victim of racism in a snack bar in Fortaleza. On Tuesday (5), he was near a lady who lost her cell phone, called one of her associates at the location and the accused the young man of having stolen the object. “I hadn’t realized that the lady was talking about me until got in front of me and said, ‘Give me back my iPhone, you black crook. You’re black, you could only be a thief,’” he reported.
The woman then requested that David be searched, but then she found the cell phone inside her bag. “I remembered every time I opened my mouth to say that racism didn’t exist and now I know how much I was mistaken. We are victims of a cruel and ignorant society,” lamented the student.
David called the police, took witnesses to the police station and filed a lawsuit against the aggressor. “I had never suffered racism explicitly and I keep thinking that if this happens in a ‘bourgeoisie’ place, imagine the peripheries of our country,” he said.
Read his social network post on the incident below
IT’S NOT “MIMIMI” (whining)
By David Castro
July 7 at 6:31 pm ·
Tuesday (07/05) I went with a friend to a hamburger place in Don Luis, as usual I requested my snack, until at a certain moment, a lady that was at the table in back, started talking about the disappearance of her mobile device that was allegedly on the table she occupied, all who were in the establishment perceived the lady’s reaction until she called André (one of the establishment’s partners), who by the way, is my friend, and said loud and clear that a NEGRINHO LADÃO E SAFADO (a little black shameless thief) had stolen her cell phone, I hadn’t realized that she was talking about me until she got in front of me and said, “Give me back my iphone you nego bandido (black crook), you’re black, you could only be a thief.” (1) There were several people inside the establishment but I was the only black near the lady, I was stunned and helpless, no one NEVER, NEVER had called me a crook or a thief, at the time I responded that I hadn’t picked up any cell (phone) and she continued “call security, don’t let him leave because he has to give me back my phone” so I, not believing what I was hearing politely said, ma’am, I didn’t take your phone, if you want to search me do it, she said “I don’t argue with crooks, you (addressing André) frisk him because he’s got my phone,” he said he knew me and that I would be incapable of stealing anything and so it was not necessary to search me. Long story short, after much scandal André asked her again to calm down and search for the phone inside her purse and the result, the phone was in her purse. She looked at me and said “my son, I’m sorry, I was wrong” I held her arm and that’s no excuse, and that she would leave to go to the police. At the time, I called police who quickly arrived, I explained everything and they led her to the police station, I called the lawyer who went straight to the station, I took two customers and André as witnesses and opened a case against Verônica Castilho de Brito Monte (a middle-aged woman, upper class, white, military daughter), for defamation and racism. I went back home crying and completely devastated to learn that in the 21st century there are such small people, able to accuse someone of being a thief because of their skin color and realizing that racism is at all levels of society, I never went through this in my life, I was not dirty or badly dressed (even if it was) the only reason to have been charged, was my color that I am very proud of having.
Não é mimimi (it’s not whining), going through this was the worst experience of my life. I grew up surrounded by amazing people and friends, colleagues, acquaintances filled with light, I had never suffered racism explicitly and wondered that if in a “bourgeoisie” place this happens, imagine the peripheries of our country, I remembered every time I opened my mouth to say that racism didn’t exist and now I know how mistaken I was. We are victims of a cruel and ignorant society.
Coming home, I did a google search to learn more about racism data and violence against blacks in Brazil and was shocked by what I read and wanted to share it with you guys.
Did you know that in 2014, 49,932 died in Brazil victims of homicide, or 26.2 people per 100 thousand inhabitants. 70.6% of the victims were black. In the same year, 26,854 young people between 15 and 29 were victims of homicide, i.e. 53.5% of the total; 74.6% of young people killed were black and 91.3% of homicide victims were male. The young victims (between 15 and 29) account for 53% of the total and the difference between white and black youths jumps from 4,807 to 12,190 homicides between 2004 and 2014. It’s scary to think that more than 70% of homicides in Brazil are against blacks. And there’s a certain congressman in Brazil (some mindless ones call a myth) that when asked about his children marrying a black woman quoted the following gem “I don’t run that risk, my children were very well educated,”. It’s such people feeding racism in society.
I didn’t stay quiet, I hope that you don’t remain quite, denounce it, racism is a crime and these people need to be punished.
I don’t want anything from this woman but respect, and as Andréia Coelho says “the world needs more light.”
Source: Revista Fórum
- Once again, the woman’s comments show how Brazil views its black population. If a black Brazilian is in a mall, he must have stolen something. If money’s missing on the beach, it had to be the black people. If a black woman is outside and has a child, she must be homeless. Black man with BMW? He had to have stolen it. This is everyday Brazil!