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Note from BW of Brazil: It’s a topic we’ve dealt with in a number of posts on the blog. And it’s a topic that is reverberating in numerous sites, blogs and pages of black Brazilian militants and groups. And as we’ve pointed out, people don’t date and marry each simply based on love and there are numerous studies out there that show this to be true. People don’t choose their partners based only on beauty and not only on personality. There are numerous other attributes that go into these choices and as such, one only falls in love after they have intricately considered how their potential partner measures up in these categories. But increasingly people are noticing (and many have noticed for a number of years) that among Afro-Brazilians, both males and females, sometimes it seems that many prefer to enter these types of relationships with a member of any group with the exception of their own. Maybe race and color have nothing to do with their choices. It is possible. But it would also be foolish to believe that other psychological factors (often times in the subconscious) don’t weigh into these choices especially in a Brazil in which elites openly admitted of the desire to whiten the country through the promotion of whiteness and interracial unions which would eventually lead to the elimination of the black race. Now 40-50 years ago, social scientists would have had us believe that the thoughts of black American leaders such as Malcolm X had no place in a nation such as Brazil where such racial conflict supposedly didn’t exist. But over the years since the sound rejection of Brazil’s fabled “racial democracy” myth, thousands of black Brazilians are finding that the words of the iconic 1960s leader apply to Brazil’s black population in a more ways than most Brazilians would acknowledge.
Who taught you to hate your own kind?
Courtesy of the Auto Defesa Negra page
Love should be free, but here among us… what freedom have we black people had to love and be loved? We were taught that what’s “natural” is to love white. We see black women and black men that only have relationships with whites and society thinks it’s “natural” because love “não tem cor” (has no color).
When we say that we must learn to value black men and black women, they say we are “forcing” it, they say that we are going against something “natural”. In fact, we have never been free to love black men and black women and equally we have never been free to be loved. However, the advancement of racial consciousness inevitably teaches us to value black beauty and develop for black men and black women all the affection eclipsed due to the white poison that we are given together with their Eurocentric values. Thus, the relationships that a black person maintains are symptoms of how their racial consciousness goes. The love of Europóide and the urge to attack other blacks are part of the self hatred that the white system teaches our people. This self hatred materializes in disgust for our equals and eternal attempt to integrate the whites, including in relationships.
From this point of view it’s not surprising the fact that Globo TV actor Marcello Melo Jr. has shared a photo of a black woman with almost no hair in the front ridiculing her “hairstyle” helping to disparage the image of black women. An attack on black women represents an attack on all the black people of which this Globo actor seems to equally want to disconnect himself from in order to try to integrate more and more into the white world. That’s what your interracial relationship says. Also not surprising is the fact that Preta Gil being marked for marriage with a white man and saying that she wishes to marry in the church where the “princess” Isabel was baptized because, in the words of Preta Gil herself, “If it weren’t for the Princess Isabel, I would be married in the senzala (slave quarters).” This is a manifestation of love so blind to the white symbol that, using her prominent position in the media erases all black men and women’s struggles that imposed the end of slavery thus shaking the pillars of the old regime in Brazil. But for Preta Gil “Isabelzinha gave freedom to people.” Also not surprising is the fact that some interracial of the movement, a day before the Globo actor had ridiculed a black woman, had exposed on the internet statements that legitimize the genocide of black men with phrases implying that blacks are killing themselves and that branquitude (whiteness) has nothing to do with it.
All these manifestations of hatred of blacks and love to Europóides are very regrettable. They are stimulated by whiteness and feed a fight between blacks to the delight of that whiteness. This however, is not new. After all, from the most ancient times, we know we cannot count on everyone and there are a few who like to “straddling the fence” waiting for a chance to be accepted over there. Racial awareness of some of our people still need to move forward and have a willingness to embrace and help those who want to get rid of the white poisons. However, there are those people for which there is no possibility of being on our side. Malês Type: NOT EVERYONE THAT IS WE ARE WITH US (who is to understand, understand)! Fortunately, there are few.
Also reject the three attitudes that occurred virtually all in the same week and they all inter racially black people. All this reinforces our understanding that love the white and hatred of blacks is serious symptom that we have safeguards in relation to those who practice it. Marcelo Mello is not our partner, Preta Gil is not our partner and those who defend the Black Genocide are not.
Not everyone who practices interracial relationship is black house. Some people are simply blind and can still move. However, some are capable of much terrible attitudes. Of those people, Malcolm X once said (1):
“It’s necessary to understand that, historically there were two kinds of slaves: the house negro and the field negro. The house negro lived with the master, in the slave quarters or in the attic of the big house. He dressed, he ate well and he loved his master. He loved his master more than the master loved himself. If the master said: – “We got a good house here” the house negro would say, “yeah, we got a good house here”. If the master’s house caught on fire, the house negro rushed to put out the fire. If the master got sick, the house negro would say, “what’s the matter boss, we sick?” If a field negro came to him and said ‘let’s run away, let’s escape’, he answered: – Where is something better than what we have here? I’m not going anywhere. That was the house negro. In those days he was called a house nigger. And that’s what we call him today, because we’ve got some house niggers running around here.”
Source: Auto defesa Negra page
1. Over the years, numerous Malcolm X quotes have been translated into the Portuguese among Afro-Brazilian activists. Here is the text as it was translated into Portuguese:
“É necessário saber que, historicamente, havia duas espécies de escravos: o negro da casa e o negro do campo. O negro da casa vivia junto do senhor, na senzala ou no sótão da casa grande. Vestia-se, comia bem e amava o senhor. Amava mais o senhor do que o senhor amava a ele. Se o senhor dizia: — Temos uma bela casa. Ele respondia: — Pois temos. Se a casa pegasse fogo, o negro da casa corria para apagar o fogo. Se o senhor adoecesse dizia: — estamos doentes. Se um escravo do campo lhe dissesse ‘vamos fugir desse senhor’, ele respondia: — Existe uma coisa melhor do que o que temos aqui? Não saio daqui. O chamávamos de negro da casa. É o que lhe chamamos agora, porque ainda há muitos negros de casa.”
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