Note from BW of Brazil: Nothing really profound to report here. Just another example of everyday Brazil where ‘racism doesn’t exist’ or where people admit that it exists but rarely admit to harboring such sentiments. Of course, people will never confess to racist feelings even caught in the act. But in this case, one has to ask, how does this woman not think that telling someone to ‘go back to the slave quarters’ in a country with a 350 year history of slavery is not racist? Especially when Brazilian society continues to associate Afro-Brazilians to having so many negative attributes. Lady, just admit what you did! Brazil teaches its citizens to think this way!
Woman arrested after racist act in supermarket in Rio’s South Zone
Courtesy of Jornal do Brasil
A woman, 58, was arrested on Saturday night (28) for na injúria racial (racial injury/ slur) against the manager of a supermarket in Leblon, in the South Zone of Rio de Janeiro, on Rua Dias Ferreira. Witnesses reported that she insulted the employee with racista words, like “Volta para sua senzala” (Go back to your slave quarters) and “quilombo” (fugitive slave/maroon society). The attitude came about after the employee refused to get a product for her, while she was waiting in the checkout line.
The employee called the police. The woman also tried to defend herself by saying that “quilombo” and “senzala” were exaltations for blacks.
Those presente chanted cries of “racista” (racista) until Leblon’s Battalion officers arrived on the scene. Those involved and other witnesses testified.
The Civil Police classified the crime as injúria racial and arrested the aggressor. The crime is unbailable, but she did not pay and was taken to the penitentiary complex of Bangu in Rio’s West zone, on Sunday morning (29). The hearing in Court takes place on Monday (30). The perpetrator has a criminal record for libel.
Complaints of actions or behaviors that show racial prejudice or discrimination in Rio can be made made by phone (21) 2334-5587/5577/5553/5591, or at firstname.lastname@example.org email.
Source: Jornal do Brasil