Note from BW of Brazil: Let me just start today’s post by saying that it’s been a very unpleasant week for black Brazilian women. The beginning of the Carnaval season brought more voices against Brazil’s insistence of only giving the black woman any prominence in the media during this four day celebration in which she is broadcast to the world either scantily clad or completely nude while she remains mostly invisible for the other 361 days of the year. Others noticed a growing trend of black women losing their representation in the big party. The Carnaval season also brought a growing number of denouncements of black women activists who soundly reject Carnaval groups dressing up in ghoulish blackface makeup in imitation of black women. There were two other controversies that we will cover in coming days, but today, we presentd the appearance of a disgusting Facebook page that we became aware of exactly one week ago. Last Saturday morning (February 14th), a number of friends using the Facebook social network were outraged by a page that pushed the envelope in terms of disrespect.
A page entitled “Eu não mereço mulher preta”, meaning ‘I don’t deserve a black woman’, had garnered several hundreds ‘likes’ in its short period of existence even as many black women denounced the page for being racist. It appears that the page’s creator’s intent was to belittle the physical appearance of black women by posting a number of insulting and even vulgar comments combined with various memes.
A comment from February 8th (above) went as follows: “All men like a white woman; the white man, the black man and oriental man, this is a fact! Pay attention!! It’s rare to see a black man with a black woman; they are always accompanied by a blond or a brunette. When the black man is famous, you hardly see him at the side of black woman. We are labeled racists, but wouldn’t the prejudice come from the black man rejecting their females?”
The image used on the title page is a photo of the character Adelaide from the Globo TV comedy skit series Zorra Total as portrayed by actor Rodrigo Sant’Anna made up in outlandish blackface makeup. Although this character was also roundly denounced as racist, it remained a regular part of the series. The ‘Eu não mereço mulher preta’ page also used various photos to drive home its opinion of the superior beauty of white women.
One utterly disgraceful photo featured two women. One, a brunette white woman in the top photo with Afro-Brazilian actress Cacau Protásio featured in the lower photo. The caption under the brunette reads “this is a dream” while the caption under Protásio reads “this is a nightmare”. Although one could look at this page and simply write it off as promoting the extremely racist, biased views of its creators, there are so many other details that were not being addressed in the discussion and eventual removal of this page. We will discuss this below. For now, here are a few more details about the page.
Facebook removes air racist community after complaints
By Luciana Araújo
The supposed creator of the community “Eu não mereço mulher preta” (I don’t deserve a black woman) is Gustavo Guerra, a young man who calls himself a Nazi and advocates legalization of rape.
After several users posted on Facebook allegations of the existence of a community called “Eu não mereço mulher preta” (I don’t deserve a black woman), on Saturday afternoon (14) the social network removed from the air a page “for violating its terms.” The virtual brotherhood accounted until then over a thousand “likes”. A Friday post (13) at 12.30pm informed that the content returned to the air because “Facebook would have accepted an appeal of the creators”.
In the posts, an apology for Nazism and comments that incurred several crimes in the Federal Constitution and other Brazilian and international laws. The 1988 Constitution already provides in Article 4 that the Federative Republic of Brazil is governed, among others, on the principle of the rejection of racism. Subsection 42 of Article 5 of the Constitution emphasizes that “the practice of racism is non-bailable and imprescriptible crime, subject to imprisonment under the law.”
Law 7716/89 establishes a penalty of 1-3 years in prison and a fine for the commission of a crime, induction or incitement to discrimination or prejudice based on race, color, ethnicity, religion or national origin. And for the crime of distribution or placement of symbols, emblems, ornaments, badges or advertising using the swastika or swastika or for purposes of divulgation of Nazism, the set penalty is two to five years of imprisonment and a fine.
One of the community posts reported that it had been created by a man named Gustavo Guerra.
A repeat offender of the practice of spreading hate speech, racism and Nazism, Gustavo Guerra Rizzotto is a resident of the city of Caxias do Sul (Rio Grande do Sul) and maintains a channel in the video platform Youtube in which he advocated the legalization of rape and pedophilia, which earned him an investigation for federal crime.
Supposed creator of the page, Gustavo Guerra Rizzotto has advocated the legalization of rape
On the channel he affirms being a Nazi in several videos, denies the Holocaust and discusses how racism would be the fault of the blacks themselves, “who are dancing funk and using drugs in the favela”, “this business of being false is a woman’s thing” and he had already “comeu várias vadias” (fucked several bitches). Although not having been updated for months, the channel is still available for viewing videos until 5:15pm of last Sunday. The profile that he maintains on Facebook was not possible to access.
Note from BW of Brazil: So the page eventually was removed from Facebook due to numerous denouncements of racism. But beyond my also being offended by the page, there are a number of details upon which to expound and also analyze that the denouncements didn’t touch upon. Let’s take a look.
The first detail that should be pointed out is that the creator of the page is from the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul, one of the three most southern states in Brazil and a region in which many of its inhabitants consider the best region of the country as well as the whitest region of the country in terms of race with the three states combined being more than 80% white. This region has long threatened to secede from the rest of the country that it considers to be ‘backwards’. In the last presidential election in which President Dilma Rousseff won a second term, this region made headlines because of the numerous insults and threats made against the northeast and primarily non-white region that they blamed for Rousseff’s re-election. This region of the country attracted a large number of European immigrants mostly from Italy and Germany beginning at the end of the 19th century. The region is also known for a growing number of neo-Nazi and Skinhead groups.
Second, it’s interesting that the creator of the page chose to use a photo of actress Cacau Protásio in expressing his opinion. Several months ago, this writer witnessed a conversation among several Afro-Brazilian women congratulating the actress on her marriage. As so many black women in Brazil are single and encounter extreme difficulty in managing to get married, many women saw this as a victory. But the actress’s marriage to a white man also re-ignited an ongoing debate/dialogue about the huge numbers of interracial marriages among Afro-Brazilians. One of the comments got right to the point. Protásio is black and overweight. In a country like Brazil where the standard of beauty is not only white, but also thin, one could imagine the difficulty the actress may have experienced before finally getting married. And, as many black women’s groups have revealed for a number years, this rejection of black women seems to be even stronger among black men. Which brings me to point number three.
We repeat here of the comments made on the ‘Eu não mereço mulher preta’ page: “All men like a white woman; the white man, the black man and oriental man, this is a fact! Pay attention!! It’s rare to see a black man with a black woman; they are always accompanied by a blond or a brunette. When the black man is famous, you hardly see him at the side of black woman. We are labeled racists, but wouldn’t the prejudice come from the black man rejecting their females?”
Why is it important to bring this comment to the forefront again? Because when I visited the page last Saturday to see what people were saying about its contents, I noticed the following. By about noon or so, I saw nearly 400 comments made under one of the photos on the page. Numerous attractive Afro-Brazilian women posted their photos making comments of the sort, “in fact, you DON’T deserve a black woman; I’m black, I’m beautiful and I’m proud of this.” Surely, some of these women made the denouncements on Facebook that eventually led to the page being deleted later than day. The problem? Out of the close to 400 comments defending the beauty of black women and denouncing the page at that point, this writer saw maybe a maximum 5 or 6 comments made by black men denouncing the page and defending the beauty of black women.
Although the page was already removed before I could save the comments, I hadn’t noticed anyone speaking about the huge “elephant in the room”. Having read thousands of comments in various Facebook (and formerly Orkut) pages over the years, it’s very clear that Afro-Brazilian women feel that they have been abandoned by Afro-Brazilian men, and on this racist page, there didn’t appear but a handful of black men who made any comments about the page. Was the creator of the page right when he asserted that “All men like a white woman”? Was he right when he asked “wouldn’t the prejudice come from the black man rejecting their females?” A number of white Brazilian men have also made this same accusation and it is getting increasingly difficult to deny this allegation as numerous posts on this blog also demonstrate. How long will black men continue to hide behind the rhetoric of “love having no color”? If love in fact had no color, it wouldn’t be so difficult to find a famous/rich black man with a black wife; even I disagree with the horrible, racist comments made on the now defunct ‘Eu não mereço mulher preta’ page, I cannot disagree with a few of the assertions (about Afro-Brazilian men) made on that page! The truth hurts!
Source: Opera Mundi
1. It is also notable here that this opinion black as well as mulata women. The Brazilian mythology often posits that mulata woman has certain advantages over the negra. While this is certainly true in some instances (as argued here), in the end, black and mulata are often placed in the same boat.