Note from BW of Brazil: As Brazilian society is permeated with racist ideologies, it should come as no surprise that the college campus is also a site where one comes across racist sentiments. As a matter of fact, it is partially due to a system of affirmative action initiated over a decade ago to increase access of Afro-Brazilian students that has forced the nation to deal with the racial question that it has long denied even existed. On college campuses, we’ve seen displays of allegiance to Hitler, examples in the belief of the “place” of blacks in Brazilian society (here and here) and even firebombing of the dormitories of African immigrants. We’ve also seen professors express the idea that Afro-Brazilian presence in college is strange even when they consistently prove they are capable of the competing at the college level. Today we provide yet another example of how college professors are simply an example of how many in the society at large continue to feel.
UFES students denounce professor for prejudice inside the classroom
Students were outraged by comments made against blacks and affirmative action students made in the classroom
by Iara Diniz
Professor’s statements were heard during class at Goiabeiras Campus
“I would detest being served by a black doctor or lawyer.” The phrase was attributed to a professor of economics and was uttered during a class debate on Monday afternoon (3) at the Federal University of Espírito Santo (UFES). During the discussion, most students left the room, outraged with the professor’s attitude.
The debate which angered the university students was during a class of Introdução à Economia Política (Introduction to Political Economy) in the course of the second period of Social Sciences. One student raised a question about quotas in the university, which would have triggered the discussion.
“He said that the cotistas (quota students) could not keep up with the classes like other students and because of this he had to use a more accessible language and lower the level of his classes so that everyone could understand it,” said a 19-year old student.
The discussion got even stronger when, according to students, the professor made prejudicial statements. “He said that blacks and poor had no access to culture, making it clear that they have not reached the cultural level of whites. Then he said: ‘Quota students diminish the quality of the university. I would detest being seen by a black doctor or lawyer,” angrily reported a 19-year old student.
After the professor’s comment, the student, who is a cotista, left the class outraged and offended. “I am poor and a cotista and felt offended. Another student came out crying. As much as I debated, he is the authority here,” he said.
After the discussion, students sought the professor of the Department of Social Sciences, Andréa Mongim, which has a group of studies on quotas for help. “It is absurd that we have professors with this conception. It’s this kind of prejudice that leads to the evasion of many cotistas from the university, and not a lack of capacity,” she said.
Students spread posters around the university under the title “Professor Racista” (Racist Professor). They also turned to social media to denounce and repudiate the professor’s attitude. An administrative complaint was drafted by the student group and forwarded to the Ombudsman of UFES.
The professor was sought for comments but he did not take or return the calls.
Ombudsman received no complaint
The ombudsman of UFES, Ricardo Behr, said that up to 6pm Monday (3), while at the institution, no complaint had been registered. He ensured that all manifestations are analyzed by him accurately. He explained that the function of the Ombudsman is to ensure rights to students and people who work at the university. After the complaint, he seeks to talk to people and resolve the problem with an agreement between the parties, depending on the severity of the complaint. If something is of high relevance, the manifestation is forwarded to the director of the teaching center, which opens up an inquiry to examine the case. This director selects some people to form a committee, which has a certain time to analyze the situation. In the case that the director finds that the situation was serious he forwards it directly to the dean, who will open an administrative inquiry.
Judge denounces and calls professor a Nazi
Professor said in class that quota students decrease the level of the university
Report by Vinícius Rangel
Outraged by the statements of Professor Manoel Luiz Malaguti against black affirmative action students of the Federal University of Espírito Santo (Ufes), Judge William Silva, of the Tribunal de Justiça do Espírito Santo (TJES or Court of Espírito Santo), he presented a criminal representation to federal prosecutors against the professor.
Malaguti said that he needed to reduce the level of his classes to reach black quota students.
“The subject making a statement like this is as if he is adopting the philosophy of Hitler. He is a Nazi, he could not be in a college,” defended the judge, in an interview with TV Justiça. In the representation, he emphasizes that Malaguti adopted “an obviously biased discourse in relation to black students.”
“I feel with dignity and decorum offended in my condition as a black judge from a poor family, a lawyer for several years before entering the career of the judiciary and today the first black judge from Espírito Santo,” said the representative, according to the notice from TJES.
The Center for Law and Economic Sciences (CCJE), where professor Malaguti is part of the faculty, opened an inquiry to investigate his actions during class on Monday.
“If the allegations are proven, the result of the inquiry will be forwarded to the rectory to open an administrative inquiry,” explains a note of communication from UFES. The inquiry commission has 90 days to investigate the case.
The professor has already responded to four administrative processes from 2010 to 2014. The punishments ranged from fines to disciplinary suspension for 30 days, according to UFES. The reasons that prompted the opening of the four processes were not revealed. The Centro de Ciências Humanas e Naturais (CCHN or Center for Humanities and Natural Sciences) that houses the Social Sciences course, will wait until the end of the investigation to position itself.
“If it in fact occurred, it’s really very serious. We repudiate any form of discrimination. We’ll wait,” said Professor Renato Rodrigues Neto, director of CCHN.
He explained that, in accordance with what is determined from the investigation, punishment for professor Malaguti can range from a verbal warning to dismissal.