Note from BW of Brazil: Nothing really new to report here. Just another example of Brazil’s everyday rejection of characteristics that denote African ancestry. What is different is that, as we have shown in several other reports, more and more Afro-Brazilians are standing together against such dehumanizing treatment in protests, social media and lawsuits as they increasingly accept the physical characteristics they were born with!
Protest against racism in hospital in Goiânia
By Janda Nayara
About 20 women and men of the Movimento Negro (black movement) met this afternoon in front of the Hospital das Clínicas (HC) of the Federal University of Goiás (UFG) to promote an act against the discrimination suffered by the assistant of the social service unit, Elaine Moura Correa, 27. A hospital doctor asked her if it took an electric shock before leaving home, because of her afro hair. To this particular joke, Elaine calmly responded that she doesn’t get shocked exactly because she doesn’t use any hair straightening techniques.
The act was not isolated. According to Elaine, the discriminatory jokes were constant and they came to even offering straightening creams for her. “I came to be sick, I felt persecuted and humiliated because I decided to assume my cabelo crespo (curly/kinky hair), which they referred to as bad or rebellious,” she says. Due to psychological problems, Elaine stopped working for a month before deciding to denounce this treatment.
For the president of the Conselho Estadual de Igualdade Racial (State Council of Racial Equality), the historian Janira Sodré, besides seeking support from the institution, the presence of young people and adults of the Movimento Negro and posters with phrases like “O meu cabelo não ruim. Ruim é o seu preconceito” (My hair not bad. Bad is your prejudice,) also sought to touch those passing by the location and who can reproduce racist attitudes consciously or unconsciously. “The natural hair is identity and the pressure of the cosmetic industry and of society so that black women straighten their hair is a way of wanting that they deny their roots.”
The general director of HC, José Garcia Neto, said he will take appropriate administrative actions, publish a notice of repudiation in the establishment website and promote acts of consciousness-raising. “This fact has only come to the attention of directors now, but if it had come earlier, we would have taken administrative actions, besides the contrary manifestation. We are against any aggressive and discriminatory act, be it of a racial, psychological or sexual nature.”