Note from BW of Brazil: This story is interesting on so many levels! And it says so much about racial identity in Brazil. As you know, historically, Brazil has always defined itself as a country where racial problems don’t exist, the land of “racial democracy”. Of course we all know this is a widespread fabrication that attempts daily occurrences of racism, racial discrimination and racial insults, but there’s still more to this to consider. First, the report…
Brazilian resident of Santa Catarina sent a letter of support to German Nazi and obtained an unpleasant response
The police are investigating the case of a Nazi pool in Santa Catarina and found letters of support sent to the Nazi organization in Germany. The famous owner of the letter is a history teacher. And the response? This must have stung.
“We don’t accept Latinos, you are all birds of a feather…a bunch of black favelados (slum dwellers)”
Supporting Nazism is therefore supporting prejudice to your own people.
The case of the pool with the swastika
Disclosure of an image made by a Civil Police helicopter pilot caused controversy in the southern state of Santa Catarina. The photo shows a swastika – known worldwide as a Nazi symbol – stamped on the bottom of the pool of a residence on the border between Rio dos Cedros and Pomerode. According to the law, it’s a crime, punishable by two to five years in prison, “manufacturing, marketing, distributing or displaying symbols, emblems, ornaments, badges or advertising that uses the swastika or gamada cross, for purposes of disclosure of Nazism”
According to the Civil Police press office of Santa Catarina, the director of Deic, Commissioner Laurito Akira Sato, determined that “the police station in Pomerode should receive information and prosecute him.”
We sought the residence but there was no response.
Note from BW of Brazil: So what’s so interesting about this story? A lot! First, for those who don’t know, Brzil has its own history with Nazism dating all the way back to the 1930s (when it had the largest branch of the Nazi party outside of Germany) and still now, as research has shown, that allegiance to the ideology continues to grow and spread throughout the country today and occasionally flares up in open displays or aggression. Although Brazil is thought to have a more subtle brand of racism (also a lie), there are those who openly profess their racist sentiments. One of the country’s most well-known writers once professed that he wished Brazilians were bold enough to start their own branch of the KKK.
This brings us racial ideology, identity and classification. Brazil has long promoted itself as not only a “racial democracy”, but also the world’s greatest melting pot of mestiços (persons of mixed-race). The promotion of a mestiço identity combined with blatant institutionalized racism is one reason why the country has been able to keep its black population in its “place” while denying the very existence of racial ideologies of inferiority and superiority. While there are those who identify themselves as black, a large percentage of mestiços, in fact, identify themselves as white and there are also millions of Brazilians who would in fact be accepted as white anywhere in the world, at least before knowledge their origins is known.
The discrepancy comes when Brazilians classifying themselves as white clashes with the nation’s mixed race history and image within and outside of the country. This often leads to interesting but sometimes complex understandings of racial identification/classification. You have folks who would only be white in Brazil (1). There are those who everyone knows is black itself the person. There clearly white Brazilians who travel to the US or Europe and are not accepted as white simply because they are from a Latin American country. Let’s be clear. There are white Brazilians who have very little or even no racial admixture with blacks, Indians or Asians. The three most southern states of the nation are the best example of this. So what does this say about people who prefer to opt out of the “we’re all mixed” ideology and claim a white identity? Although it’s sort of unspoken, in reality, there is a sort of obsession with whiteness and being recognized as white in Brazil. I mean, if race really isn’t an issue, why make a video to make sure that non-Brazilians know that there are white people in Brazil? Check the video below.
White Brazilians/Blancos Brasileños/Brancos Brasileiros
Here’s how the description of the video, taken from You Tube.
“Brazil is always labeled as a country of black people who only know just samba and soccer, but most of the population is white, about 53% (more than 100 million people), which places Brazil as the third country with more white in the world behind only the United States and Russia. The highest concentration of whites in Brazil is in the South (83%), Southeast (62%) and Midwest (51%), Brazil for the rest of the whites are a large minority: North (26%) and Northeast (30% ). And about 70% of Brazilians whose main genetic inheritance of Europe, this includes the Pardos(mixed race) and many blacks. The European inheritance is dominant throughout Brazil. Today Brazil is a world economic power thanks to the development brought by European immigrants, unfortunately the white population of Brazil has been losing its identity as a Brazilian, that because Brazil has always been considered a country of only blacks and mulattos, where there is White, of European origin and culture is never seen as the only African Brazilian culture while whites are the majority, this is just a publicity stunt to create the false idea that Brazil is not a racist country. But the reality is different. NOTE: This video is not racist against blacks in Brazil, but it’s a video that shows racial and ethnic reality of Brazil. We have to accept it.”
Note from BW of Brazil: As you might have gathered from some of the posts here, there’s more racial consciousness and an “us vs. them” mentality than Brazilians would like to reveal. How else would you explain this video, the blatant “dictatorship of whiteness” throughout society and a letter of support to the Nazi party?
Source: Portal Metrópole
1. This blog and associated social network sites often receive comments about Brazilians accused of racism. Often the comments are something of the “but they’re not even white” variety. For example, these types of comments were made about a group of neo-Nazis caught physically assaulting a northeastern man in this story.