Note from BW of Brazil: Here we go again! You just gotta love the widespread denial on the topic of racism in Brazil. And the justifications for why one cannot possibly be racist are ALWAYS the same! “I can’t be racist because….because my grandmother’s black…because I have black friends…because my wife is black…because I’ve been with a black man…because our black maid is like one of the family”. As these tired excuses are so common and we’ve already dealt with this issue in numerous posts, I won’t even waste time debating this. I mean, his comment says it all: a type of ‘I don’t like blacks, but for that one (successful black, athlete, singer, etc.), I’ll make an exception.’
But I will say, one of the contributing reasons why racist attitudes continue to exist is because when people make such “jokes”, no one steps forward and repudiates the comment thus, in a way, they condone it. I DO wonder how this guy’s ‘black friends’ felt about his post. As this blog has stated in previous posts, the difference in Brazil today is not that racism is new, but rather the reactions and repudiations of so many Afro-Brazilians who stand firm in the face of such sentiments.
Responsible for racist post against goalkeeper Barbara, of women’s Olympic futebol team, says it ‘was nothing but a joke’
Courtesy of Brasil Post
“Eu odeio preto, mas essa goleira do Brasil tinha chance”, meaning “I hate blacks, but this goalkeeper of Brazil has a chance.”
With this phrase, Marcos Clay, administrator from Rio Branco (capital city of the state of Acre), referred to the goalkeeper of the Brazilian women’s futebol team at the Olympics, Bárbara Micheline do Monte Barbosa, in a post on Facebook last Friday (12).
Clay, a member of the Federal Council of Administration (CFA), deleted the message, but the G1 website obtained a copy. See the image below left:
Speaking on the same site on Saturday (13), the acriano (native of Acre state) said it was “no more than a joke.”
He made other posts on Facebook clarifying the matter. Clay “argued” that “racism is in people’s heads” and proof that he’s not racist is the fact that he is “married, and very happily married” with a black woman. Look:
Marcos Clay, on Saturday
“Prejudice is the head of weak people! Yesterday I made a joke and had “white people” that were offended! Anyone who knows me knows what I think and how I am! I hate this race so much that I’m married, and very happily married with a beautiful PRETA (BLACK WOMAN) (it’s the nickname that those closest call her), much prettier than our goalkeeper! Therefore, someone who doesn’t know me, should not meddle, as you don’t know who was given the post of President of the CRA, a function that I no longer exercise since December 2014.”
“To close down the subject, I apologize to anyone who was offended, it was an unfortunate post, but I know friends understood it as a joke, unfortunately there are not only friends on my face(book) and whoever doesn’t know me may have gotten the wrong impression!”
Clay tried to explain in an interview with G1:
“It was a bad joke. A joke that, unfortunately, offended some people, but it was not my intention. So much so that my wife is black, everybody knows that. Anyone who knows me knows I’m not racist, I have several friends who are black, I have no problem with that.”
However, it obviously failed.
The counselor, whose post immediately received a barrage of criticism, said, whoever shared his message, gave it a “racist connotation” and has “something against” him.
“The people of today are very uneasy, no one can say anything anymore on social networks that turns into a controversy,” (1) he told the G1 wesbite.
The goalkeeper Bárbara played a prominent role in Saturday’s game. She is responsible for two defenses that assured the women’s team a place in the semifinal – find out more here.
Source: Brasil Post
- This comment simply re-affirms that a rising tide of Afro-Brazilians no longer accept such ‘jokes’. And if he knew this, why make such a ‘joke’?