Leading presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro has more support among back Brazilians; candidate supports death squads that are known for murdering thousands of young blacks in Bahia



Note from BW of Brazil: I gotta admit, this has me scratching my head. How is it that a man can say crude, disrespectful, outrageous things about certain groups but still gain supporters from the very group that he insults? I mean it’s true that we all have the right to cast our votes for any candidate of our choosing but given the racial issues that have increasingly taken center stage in recent years, and the inflammatory rhetoric used by PSL candidate Jair Bolsonaro, Afro-Brazilian support of the candidate is quite intriguing. In the same manner, after massive protests organized around the hashtag #Elenão (not him) by women a few weeks back, one has to wonder how it is that so many women voted for Bolsonaro in the first round of the election as well as those who intend to vote for him in the October 28th run off election between Bolsonaro and PT candidate Fernando Haddad. 

One of the more intriguing details that I’ve seen, and there have been many, during Bolsonaro’s campaign is his friendship with fellow PSL politician Hélio Fernando Barbosa Lopes, better known as “Hélio Negão”. Of course, the term “Negão” can be translated as “big black man” or even “straight up black man”. The term is fitting for Lopes, as he is very dark-skinned black man. But Lopes is definitely a success story as he is the state congressman that garnered the most votes in the state of Rio de Janeiro. A few weeks ago in one of my social networks, a photo of Negão at the side of Bolsonaro began circulating. Of course, the interpretation for most was the Bolsonaro had this photo released to speak to voters who may believe he is racist. I covered this tactic of Bolsonaro taking photos with the negros in a previous post and keeping with this tactic, one can find numerous photos of Bolsonaro with Negão online.

Bolsonaro with Hélio Negão

To play the devil’s advocate, taking photos with Negão could actually mean nothing as politicians take thousands of photos with all sorts of people during their campaigns and in the case of Negão and Bolsonaro, they are from the same party. But on the other hand, posting photos with the state congressman who garnered the most votes for that position, a dark-skinned black man, can surely be used to earn the support of black voters. Has it worked?

Bolsonaro on Facebook live next to Rio state congressman Hélio Negão

Well, it would be quite a stretch to suggest that Bolsonaro could win over black voters by being pictured next to Negão but it surely didn’t hurt. And considering a statement by Negão last week, he would be the perfect man to be aligned with Bolsonaro. In typical Brazilian fashion, Negão was quoted as saying, “Let’s end this division of class! Somos todos iguais! (We are all equal! My color is Brazil! The strength of Brazil is the unity of its people!” I’ve already spoken various times on the nauseating use of the phrase “Somos todos iguais” and dealing with Bolsonaro, a candidate who proclaims there is no racism in Brazil, such a proclamation by Negão simply adds to the state of denial many Brazilians continue to have in terms of the race issue. Negão took it even a step further and challenged anyone who believes Bolsonaro to be racist. 

But what are the numbers saying. Well, the most recent numbers placed Bolsonaro ahead with white voters by a margin of 60% to 29% over Haddad. A poll from last week gave Haddad the lead amongst pretos (blacks) and pardos (browns/mixed) but the most recent polls also gives Bolsonaro a lead over Haddad among pretos and pardos by a margin of 47% to 41%. Curiously, even after the massive protests organized by women against Bolsonaro a few weeks ago, he also leads in voting intentions of women by a margin of 46-40. 

I do have to wonder, do black people really understand what Bolsonaro stands for? Do they know that he wants to diminish the percentage of quotas in universities? The same quotas that have helped hundreds of thousands of Afro-Brazilians attain a college education in the past few decades.

Bolsonaro also supports death squads, organized extermination groups often consisting of off duty police that disguise their identities and murder black youth in states such as Bahia. In August of 2003, Bolsonaro spoke during plenary of the Chamber of Deputies and defended crimes of extermination. For the price of R$50 to R$100, he openly supported the murder of what he defined as “delinquents”. The following is what Bolsonaro was quoted as saying:

“I want to say to the comrades from Bahia – I recently heard a parliamentarian criticize the extermination groups – that as long as the state does not have the courage to adopt the death penalty, the crime of extermination, in my opinion, will be very welcome. If there is no space for it in Bahia, it can go to Rio de Janeiro. If it depends on me, it will have my full support, because in my state only innocent people are decimated. In Bahia, due to the information I have – which are illegal groups – the marginalization has declined. Congratulations”!

So, this is what black Brazilians are supporting? A man who openly supports their extermination? The man promoted as the “Brazilian Trump” has also received a number of displays of support from some of Brazilian futebol’s top players in recent weeks to the dismay of many black activists. Manuel  Jabois weighs in on this below. 

Former futebol star Rivaldo recently shared his support of a Jair Bolsonaro presidency through his social media profile

Homosexuals, blacks and the poor voted for a candidate who considers them inferior or hates them

What ‘Ronaldinhos’ and ‘Rivaldos’ (see note one), and other Bolsonaro voters defend, is that any crime of hatred legitimizes itself if government action matches electoral expectations

By Manuel  Jabois

One night in São Paulo I got into a taxi where the driver started to inform me about the types of criminals I would encounter in the city. There are people who talk to you about monuments and then there are good people. “The worst,” he said, “are the blacks.” Not the mulattoes, the watery blacks, the milk chocolate blacks, who were also dangerous. “The black blacks, the black Africans.” He smiled looking through the rearview mirror. Until that day I had never seen a man who was blacker than he in my life.

I wondered if his was a superlative degree of concealment or racism. The second wouldn’t be strange. Nor is it Brazil’s patrimony, of course. Although electorally it is about to take a giant step towards the last frontier of humor. Jair Bolsonaro has the support of 46% of the Brazilians after saying that his sons would not date blacks “because they were well educated”, that the inhabitants of quilombos, a nuclei formed by descendants of slaves, “don’t serve to procreate”, that a congresswoman “doesn’t deserve” to be raped (“because she is ugly,” he later clarified), that he would prefer that his son die in an accident that be gay (“homosexuals are like that because of the use of drugs, only a small part is by factory defect”) that the poor should have fewer children and that the dictatorship should have killed another 30,000, starting with the then President Fernando Henrique Cardoso.

When she was 23, (former President) Dilma Rousseff was arrested for three years and tortured with beatings and electric shocks by the dictatorship. Upon being dismissed from the presidency in 2016, Bolsonaro dedicated his vote to Rousseff’s torturer: “For the memory of Colonel Carlos Alberto Brilhante Ustra, the terror of Dilma Rousseff.” His son, Eduardo Bolsonaro, made the gesture of the machine gun when voting. This is the fifth most populous country on the planet, the sixth largest economy in the world.

To prove the scope of such a simple and striking brain mechanism, these two statements from Bolsonaro to EL PAÍS in 2014 are sufficient. “Death penalty? I’ve never seen a dead man come back to commit a crime.” “Crimes of homophobia? Many more heterosexuals die.”

Homosexuals, blacks, the poor, the leftists, and women who can be a little of this or nothing of that, simply women. All of them are the absolute majority of Brazil. Many of them voted for a candidate who considers them inferior or hates them. This is the passage from the jogo bonito (beautiful game) to the shitty game that Ronaldinho and Rivaldo undertook with their explicit support for right-wing extremists, and Neymar and Gabriel Jesús with a like in a message from a former soccer player to the retired army captain, in which he says that a president cannot teach values, but govern. The same rationale as Rivaldo, who believes that “gender ideology,” machismo, racism and feminism are values ​​learned at home and at school: “Voting is for choosing a president, not a father.”

It turns out that Rivaldo won’t care if Bolsonaro, if he reduces crime and unemployment, laughs at his black children if they approach his daughter. The shitty game that Bolsonaro’s voters got into is that any hate crime legitimates itself if its governing action matches electoral expectations. Management above morale in a universe where reducing violence in public justifies killing a man in private.



1. Both Rivaldo and Ronaldinho took on status of legends of futebol wearing the Barcelona jersey. Both won FIFA player of the year, with Ronaldinho winning the honor twice. The two continue to represent the Spanish team as part of the Barça Legends veterans team and also in the world events as representatives of the club. But this week, the club announced that it is taking steps to distance itself from the two stars after their public support of Bolsonaro, above all Ronaldinho, who is the team’s international ambassador. As spokesperson Josep Vives put it, “Our democratic values do not coincide with the words we hear from this candidate.”

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  1. Footbal stars Lucas Moura, Ronaldinho, Cafu, Rivaldo, Neymar,Gabriel Jesus, Felipe Melo,are all rooting for Bolsonaro. One thing in common that these black stars have is that they have invariably married white women. It seems that success and white women are their ticket to be white – the level of self-hate exhibited by these men is unbelievable. They are rooting for a man who openly hates the black population; so much so as to claim that they are not even fit for procreation. It seems that these stars’ marriages seem to validate this opinion – they too don’t find the black woman fit for procreation. The extermination of blacks that Bolsonaro has been preaching has already been in the process in the lives of these stars. That is why it doesn’t worry them at all when Bolsonaro openly articulates it.

    What a sad nation this Brazil is! In South Africa, whites knew that the only way they could keep their supremacy was by denying blacks the right to vote. They knew that the moment voting is allowed not even 1% of the black population would vote for them. In Brazil, it is the other way around. Voting is mandatory, and the majority of blacks are set to vote for a man who openly wishes for their extermination. Indeed, “racial democracy” has done its work so well that Gilberto Freyre is now patting his back from his grave.

    Until black Brazilians learn to love themselves, they will never find a way out of this darkness.

  2. I can’t believe Brazilians are about to elect this open bigot. I understand that there’s a reelection coming up October 28 and I really think he is going to pull it off, damn shame. Brazil you could have elected better but who are we to judge looking at what we have here in America with Trump, hell we have elect better candidates. I’m still coming to 🇧🇷 to visit.

  3. This is a total shame Brazil. But so is America in electing these no good candidates to run our country. I think its official now that he will win despite the runoff this October 28. The people had a choice to make is one thing to take from this presidential election, this guy made it known how he felt about certain ethnic groups with no filter an open bigot and yet he wins something like 19 states out of 26. Unbelievable but probably not. ✌

  4. i am not surprised at all, black people all over the world never believed in justice. They never believed in justice since time imemorial. So let them wallow in injustice. Let them breath drink eat and sleep injustice.

    For what they value and love is mistreatment and injustice.

  5. I get that Brazil has Coons just like other places all across Black diaspora. But what worries me is that Brazil in particular has a huge Black population, the second largest in the world, which tells me that according to this article, ALOT of Black people are supporting Bolsonaro. This a BAD look for Black Brazilians as a whole and it’s disappoints greatly me that after all the centuries of White Supremacy they’ve gone through that any of them would even support this asshole. Have Black Brazilians been paying attention at all to everything that has been happening to Black Americans in the past two decades? This article makes me think they haven’t.

  6. This congress man Hélio Negão is definitely an uncle tom, i cannot believe he is wearing a Margaret Thatcher T-shirt, doesn’t he know that Thatcher was a racist. He is just Bolsonaro’s token dark skin black man. To show the black community he is not a racist. It’s like saying i have a black friend or i love black music so i cannot be racist. LoL

  7. As much as it pains me to read about Black Brazilians siding with Bolsonaro and supporting him, this only pushes them back even further, all because they want to be seen in the same light as the very same people who despise them. It’s that type of mentality that just doesn’t seem normal at all. What happens if Bolsonaro is elected and decides to go and kill off several of those Black Brazilians who had supported him? I hate to say it, but I feel like Black Brazilians are in their own sunken place and can’t get out.

  8. Until black people consciencely decide to do something about the self hate that has been bred into us, were doomed! That Docile idiot mentality has to be reversed
    Secondly, believing in the gods of our kidnappers has a lot to do with this! Christianity and Islam should be forbidden!

  9. its Stockholm Syndrome…………………….
    the trauma of so much racism forced the victim to either identify with the oppressor or too try and curry favor as a means of escaping the trauma.

    these folks are psychologically abused……………..i feel bad for them, but still, they are dangerous and can be as destrcutive as Bolisinaro.

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