Brazil, Murder, Black Impor discussed on Latino Rebels Radio
Usually I am behind the scenes as your engineer and today I'm filling in for your host Oscar Fernandez who is temporarily away from the show after his father's tragic and untimely passing due to Covid nineteen. Oscar will be back soon and in the meantime, Oscar, our hearts are in mourning with you during this terrible time. Today on the show, we put a spotlight on the movement against anti black violence in Brazil. In a country where the president is an open fascist and the police murder nearly seven times more people per capita than the United States to say that police murders of black people is a pandemic is almost an understatement. To shed some more light on this issue is curate Yana. Furlan a freelance journalist based in Brazil who has compiled a very informative newsletter called does Brazil have a black lives matter movement, English, language resources to help you understand Brazil's movement against black genocide. Thank you for being with US Today Carolina. Thanks so much. Very excited to kind of break down. What's going on in Brazil? Because everybody needs to know right now. So! I know. We're GONNA talk about police violence over the next forty five minutes, but before kind of delve into specifics I like to get everybody on the same page. Brazil in breakdown, some basic facts history that you have to know to understand. What we're GonNA talk about today. So I, some promos Brazil a country of two hundred million people in which fifty five percent identify as black or Brown, which corresponds to a lighter skinned. Race Person. and I know you're wondering why. How is it possible that Brazil can be fifty? Five percent black, well Brazil was actually the largest importer of enslaved Africans over the course of more than three hundred years. More than four million enslaved Africans from West Central, Africa arrived on its shores, and it was also the last country in the West who abolish slavery. It did so in eighteen eighty eight. And one in abolish slavery, and subsequently became a republic. There was no government to attempt to actually include blacks in society whether it be through education through housing through Employment Black Brazilians were simply left to fend for themselves. And around this time this is when we see for Bellas sprout around major cities for villas. Swab communities. That are created by people who are building their own houses and on communities without government support. and. A lot of the stuff that. I'm going to talk about as it relates to police. Violence in Brazil can be tied to those facts that I just listed about Brazil. So can you tell us a little about the state of police violence in Brazil? Can you characterize for our audience? While I'll I'll try to be brief, but there's a lot to say about it so. Police violence police harassment isn't to Brazil. It's brutal goes unpunished. It's getting worse and worse, and it's inherently anti-black. The Pool. People who suffer from police violence are almost always. Black Impor-. Black impoverished. Let me just give you some basic numbers and stats because I think it's best to start there, and then we can go from there. So in the first five months of twenty twenty realization Eto has already broken the record for murders by police within a five month period they've been seven hundred and forty four murders, and this is the most in twenty two years. Now Mind you. This is happening during a pen Dimic. Last year. There were almost six thousand murders compete committed by police throughout the entire country. in two thousand fifteen, there were three thousand and three hundred forty five, so obviously the shows that police violence is increasing. And at least eighty percent of these people are black. So for Brazilians and especially Brazilians. Who are activists? Many people call this genocide against black people, because so many people are dying every gear. that. Just to. To emphasize how horrible it is. They people call genocide. There are two things that I wanted to talk about that kind of really get to the heart of this violence. Since Brazil is A. Very mixed country, mixed race country, the lines between black and white are often very fuzzy like. Sometimes, you just don't know sometimes. It's possible that a person could be black in one part of the country and white in another part of their country, but in Brazil. There's common saying that the police always knows who is black. Mainly because the police targets black people, and in the second, saying that is, that is almost always repeated by government officials police, and even you know regular people in the street is. Monje, it'll mortal Ed Bongino bone that means a dead bug is a good book. So, we combine these two. Sayings and thoughts that means that black people in Brazil are suffering. At the hands of police. Police, violence. One thing that I wanted to kind of get at. I wanted to kind of describe like how police violence take place. The police violence almost always. Takes place infidel communities. which are the communities that have been in Brazil since the end of slavery? And impoverished suburban communities that people often referred to as the periphery in these communities are almost always majority black. And this is how the scene usually plays out. Obviously, you know it can vary, but usually what happens is. Brazil's police, which is actually referred to as military police will enter the community as if they're actually going into a war, so there have huge guns though have huge trucks that are bulletproof. In these cuny communities on operations. To clump. Operations targeting drug traffickers. The issue with this, is that usually every black man that they see enough Avello or suburban community is considered a drug trafficker trafficker. Regardless of if that person is actually involved in not so black men will die. During, an operation regardless of their involvement, and then when you have these shootouts, woman children. Residents will die from stray bullets. And police are only brought to court in the old, the most egregious offensive that we will call massacres and when there's proof, but in general they they enjoy impunity. And finally. I don't want to know that the stats do focus on you know young black men, being the target of violence like a young black men between the ages of fifteen and twenty nine is mainly the target. I. Don't think we can forget that. When violence like this happens in communities, mothers are affected. Wives are affected. Girlfriends are affected. The kids of these people are affected, so it really is a violence that. Affects the whole entire community. Can you talk about the recent murder of fourteen year old Drought Pedro and have recent protests been set up by this. How does it fit into the larger movement against police brutality toward black people in Brazil? So. John Petro Fourteen John Federal. And his murder is actually very typical. A police violence in Brazil and let me explain what happened to him. John batchelor lived in Fabella community that is pretty close to rotation, so it's actually a like a satellite impoverished at Lake City outside of Rio.