Dying in Brazil because of skin color: Homicide rate of black and brown adolescents in the country is three times higher than that of whites

Youth in the Vigário Geral favela, in Rio de Janeiro (Cordon Press)
Morrer no Brasil pela cor da pele
Youth in the Vigário Geral favela, in Rio de Janeiro (Cordon Press)

Note from BW of Brazil: It is a harsh reality, but a fact that we must come to terms with: human life has very little value in Brazil. There’s really no escaping the reality. In Brazil today, nearly 80% of the population lives on between one and three minimum salaries per month, which is anywhere from R$937 to R$2,811 per month, which breaks down to US$288 to US$865 per month, figures very difficult to live on in an absurdy expensive country such as Brazil. There is no quality of pre-college education unless one has the money to pay for it. And perhaps the most shocking of all stats, 77% of murders of young people aged 15-29 are non-white, with one of them being murdered every 23 minutes. People often balk at conspiracy theories that suggest there is a sort of unwritten policy that seeks the elimination or at least reduction of a parcel of the population, but if you were to dismiss conspiracy theories, you would have to believe in extreme coincidences. I’ve already stated where I stand on this issue (for which I have very good reasons such as here and here) how do you see it?

Dying in Brazil because of skin color

Homicide rate of black and brown adolescents in the country is three times higher than that of whites


The risk of being murdered in Brazil is three times higher for pretos e pardos (blacks and browns). This is one of the data contained in the Unicef report entitled Uma situação comum: violência nas vidas das crianças e adolescentes (A common situation: Violence in the lives of children and adolescents reveals situations of domestic, street and school violence suffered by children worldwide. “The great economic inequality, the lack of investments in adolescence and the high circulation of weapons in our country are the main reasons for this racial difference,” explains Fabiana Gorenstein, UNICEF’s specialist in child protection, by telephone, referring to São Paulo.

Brazil is one of the five countries in the world that, without being in a war, has a high homicide rate for adolescents (59 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants). At the top of this ranking, the country the company of four other Latin American countries: Venezuela (97), Colombia (71), El Salvador (66) and Honduras (65). According to the report, half of the violent deaths of young people between 10 and 19 years of age in 2015 occurred in the Latin American and Caribbean region, although this territory accounts for only 10% of the global population.

The organization moved to Fortaleza in 2015, one of the most dangerous locations for adolescents today, to conduct a series of interviews and obtain direct information on the murders of young people. “Most of the war on drugs is concentrated in the peripheries, where a greater number of the black and brown population lives. It is they who suffer the most, including death,” Gorenstein observes. “We conclude that the place of birth influences the development of childhood, that there is racism and that it is necessary to place children’s right to a life without violence at the center of our agenda,” she says.

Unicef data are also confirmed by those of the Fórum Brasileiro de Segurança Pública (Brazilian Forum of Public Security), which released an annual report on violence in Brazil on Monday. In 2016, the number of violent deaths broke a record, reaching 61,619. Although the figure is striking, compared to that caused by the Hiroshima bomb in Japan, the coincidence with Unicef appears when the profile of people killed in police actions is presented: 99.3% are men, 81.8% are between 12 and 29 years old and 76.2% are black. In addition, the highest mortality rates are recorded precisely in the Northeast, in the states of Sergipe, Rio Grande do Norte and Alagoas.

Vulnerable children

According to Unicef data, children are often mistreated, in many cases, by their own relatives, guardians or persons responsible for them. According to the document, 75% of children worldwide are subjected to some kind of violent punishment by their guardians or caregivers; 63% of them were physically abused in the last month, according to figures obtained by the organization from different databases in each country.

Since 2014 Brazil has had legislation that totally prohibits any physical punishment in the domestic and school settings. Representatives of Unicef Brasil admit, however, that ending corporal punishment as part of personal training is a cultural issue and that the country is halfway in the process. “It is necessary to create educational programs with families and schools so that they have information on how to establish limits without the need for physical punishment. Obviously, the legal framework was an achievement. ” In the rest of the world, the situation is also disheartening for younger children, as only 9% of those under the age of five live in countries where physical punishment at home is banned, leaving about 607 million children without any type of legal protection against ill-treatment.

As well as comparing the profiles of homicide victims, data from the Brazilian Forum on Public Security also show links with those of Unicef. According to the Forum, in 2014, 24,628 adolescents are complying with socio-educational measures, with 44% being robbery and 24.2% for drug trafficking. In addition, 40% of the schools do not have a policing scheme in the neighborhood and 70% of the teachers have already witnessed physical or verbal aggression among the students.

SourceEl País Brasil

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