77% of young people killed in Brazil are black – Amnesty International launches campaign to preserve the lives of young blacks in Brazil

Anistia Internacional lança campanha pela preservação da vida de jovens negros no Brasil (2)

Note from BW of Brazil: The topic of the murder of black youth and Afro-Brazilians in general and the lack of media coverage worldwide has been a consistent topic here. And it has been long past due that the situation in Brazil is discussed from the perspective of race. This is not to say that non-black lives don’t matter but the simple fact is that in Brazil, as in many other countries around the world, there seems to be a general conception that black lives are not as important as the lives of persons who consider themselves to be white. As a matter of fact, as a young woman’s comment showed me once again recently, many white Brazilians don’t even perceive that young blacks are the main victims of violence. But let’s be honest about this, even the US-based National Public Radio had to acknowledge the fact that “In Brazil, Race Is A Matter Of Life And Violent Death”. And the numbers clearly show this to be true!

Jovem Negro Vivo | Anistia Internacional Brasil

Amnesty International launches campaign to preserve the lives of young blacks in Brazil

by Thiago de Araújo

Signs: "2,500 homicides per month? Does it matter to you?" "82 homicides per day. Does it matter to you?"
Signs: “2,500 homicides per month? Does it matter to you?”
“82 homicides per day. Does it matter to you?”

Violence in Brazil claimed the lives of 56,000 people in the country in 2012, of which 30,000 were aged 15 to 29 years of age. Of these, four out of five young were black, corresponding to 77% of the total. On the eve of the Day of Black Consciousness, Amnesty International launched a campaign entitled “Jovem Negro Vivo” (Black Youth Alive).

“Despite soaring homicide rates for young blacks, the issue is generally treated with indifference in the national public agenda. The consequences of prejudice and negative stereotypes associated with these young people and the territories of the favelas and suburbs should be widely discussed and repudiated,” says the statement of the organization.

According to the organization, most homicides are committed by firearms, and less than 8% of cases are being tried. The official launch of the campaign took place last Sunday (9), in Aterro do Flamengo, in Rio de Janeiro.

“Is it reasonable that we deal with the execution of teenagers with normality? This is not about pointing the finger at the media. We point to ourselves. We live with normality toward these facts. We live with normality to the death of 1 million Brazilians in just over two decades. It is the greatest tragedy of our history since slavery,” wrote the executive director of Amnesty International Brasil, Atila Roque, in a column in the newspaper O Globo.

The video campaign, which seeks to collect signatures in favor and support of public policies for black Brazilian youth, with the collaboration of rapper Crioulo, which gave the song Duas de cinco (Two of five) to illustrate the theme.

The high mortality of blacks in Brazil is not new. In a study released in April of this year, researchers at the Federal University of São Carlos (UFSCAR) showed that, in São Paulo, the Military Police kills three times more blacks than whites, which is characterized, according to the survey, as ‘institutional racism.’ On the same occasion, the corporation criticized the study and denied any kind of prejudice.

On Monday (10), data put forward by the newspaper Folha de S. Paulo shows that Brazilian police kill six people a day, a number considered alarming in comparison with other police forces in the world.


By Grupo de Trabalho Histórico-político


On Sunday, November 9th, Amnesty International launched the campaign Jovem Negro Vivo (Young Negro Alive), in Flamengo, Rio de Janeiro. A campaign that aims to mobilize civil society for the end of the extermination of black people.

You must be wondering: “Why Jovem Negro Vivo?” The answer is given by the numbers. In 32 years, the homicide rate in Brazil increased by 148.5%, totaling more than 1 million 200 thousand victims. These figures exceed the deaths in war zones, being that these deaths are specific and don’t affect the entire Brazilian society equally.

Renata Morales, member of the Collective MBP (Meninas Black Power)
Renata Morales, member of the Collective MBP (Meninas Black Power)

These numbers are recorded on the bodies of young people aged between 15 and 29 years. Per year 30,000 homicides are recorded, which are 82 youth per day or 7 every two hours. EVERY 2 DAYS IT’S AS IF AN AIRPLANE CRASHED WITH ONLY YOUNG PEOPLE!

Within these numbers, which by themselves are staggering, 93% are men and 77% are black. What else besides these shocking numbers that exceed the absurdity is the indifference with which thousands of bodies are seen on the ground, or better, invisible.

Karina Vieira and Jessyca Liris, members of the Collective MBP at Largo da Carioca
Karina Vieira and Jessyca Liris, members of the Collective MBP at Largo da Carioca

We want an end to this and we will fight for it! Enough with the homicides! Support this cause and also show that you care. We are together.

Source: Brasil Post, Meninas Black Power


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  1. “Within these numbers, which by themselves are staggering, 93% are men and 77% are black.”

    I saw these numbers before and I confess they surprise me. They are lower than I expected both in gender and race, just judging from what I see from Brazilian news.

  2. Reblogged this on Bishop's Travels and commented:
    Brazil actually has gotten a lot safer for white people. In the past decade, homicides among whites have decreased 24 percent. But among the
    black population they have increased 40 percent.
    Muggah says wealthier whiter populations, especially in Brazil, can pay for additional security, be it in the form of electric fences, or well-guarded apartment buildings or gated communities.

    The rest of the population has to deal with a police force that in 2012 killed some 2,000 people — or more than five a day. (From 2010 to 2012 in the United States, an FBI database showed that police killed about 400 people a year, or about an eighth as many per capita.)………hmmmm sounds familiar!!!!

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