Rio, we have a problem!! Second black male found naked and tied to a pole; this time, face down in the scorching heat!

On January 9th in the Botafogo neighborhood of Rio, a naked black male was found tied to a pole on the ground in the scorching heat
On January 9th, 2010, in the Botafogo neighborhood of Rio, a naked black male was found tied to a pole on the ground in the scorching heat

Note from BW of Brazil: Note of Correction. The photo above is from January of 2010. A recent event from earlier this week has reminded many Brazilians that there was a similar incident that happened in 2010, featured in the photo above. In the February 3rd post featured in the original story from a few days ago, the writer reported that a similar incident had happened on a beach. Thus, it still remains true that the incident reported on the 3rd was the second of its kind in the same period. 

Rio de Janeiro and the truculence that dehumanizes us

By João Batista Damasceno

On January 9, 2010 on Avenida Pasteur, Botafogo, almost in front of the IBM building, bikers stripped and tied up a black man and tied him to a bar naked under the scorching sun, on the hot sidewalk for 40 minutes.

The apprehension of the man, whom the bikers accused of trying to steal a motorcycle, was made by a fireman from Salva-Mar. The firefighter untied the man and left him in the custody of the bikers. The police arrived and even slapped the man in his face.

The O Dia newspaper published the photo and report the following day. According to O Dia, two firefighters allegedly helped the group to strip and tie up the young man and a municipal guard who passed by on a motorcycle didn’t help the victim.

The authorities promised to investigate the incident. I doubt that they have done anything. It’s worth checking the steps taken to identify the fireman and the instigators of the atrocity. Everything was done under the cameras of City Hall. Images are not lacking. (See video)

Note from BW of Brazil: So what’s really going on in Rio as of late? Less than a week ago this blog reported a situation in which a young black male was found naked, beaten, wounded and tied to a pole by a bicycle lock around his neck. In that same post it was reported that that was actually the second time an incident of this kind happened. While photos of the previous incident have yet to surface, today we feature a prior incident that happened back in 2010; a black male, naked, tied to a pole, this time face time and left out in the burning Rio heat for about 40 minutes! As details and reactions continue to come out in regards to the second incident, another social debate in has arisen in Brazilian society; a topic that was approached in the original post. The question is this. Do you support vigilante revenge as a tactic to stop petty crime? Consider this under the context of a very segregated, class-oriented society in which the “haves” make it very clear that it doesn’t matter what advantages they may have used to attain privileges over the “have-nots”.

Also consider, as in the piece below, two very memorable scars on Brazilian history that can still be felt today. One, more than 350 years of the enslavement of African descendants and two, a brutal, 21 year military dictatorship that saw the repression, torture, murder and disappearing of thousands of Brazilians before this reign of terror ended in 1985. In the case of slavery, even having ended over 125 years ago, the second-class treatment of Afro-Brazilians remains woven into the fabric of the society. In the case of the dictatorship, political corruption and police brutality are but two on-going practices that make the public wonder if that era of terror really ended. The images of two black males tied to poles are reminiscent of both images from slavery as well as the many types of torture techniques used during the dictatorship. But I suppose this lynch mob mentality that has shown itself to still exist among certain strata of the society doesn’t really matter; after all, the World Cup is coming!

Please stay tuned as we continue to follow a new debate and the details as they become available!

Torture: 50 Years Later – What’s Changed?                 

350 years of slavery ended in 1888 - it's 2014; what's changed?
350 years of slavery ended in 1888 – it’s 2014; what’s changed?

By Danilo Firmino, for Agência de Notícias das Favelas

Last weekend was a busy one in Rio de Janeiro, my dear city, even from afar, I can’t stop living intensely every moment, the good, like Carnaval, Rio’s joy of a fighting, warrior people who hand over to luck itself huge traffic jams, falling walkways, and other things, and manage to be happy…

But unfortunately, like all other Cariocas (people from Rio) I also bleed with sad and barbaric moments that brutalize such a wonderful scene between the rocks, seas and forests that our city was forged, forged with a people, blacks and battlers, that only enriched more our blended culture to this exuberant nature where Indians lived in a crop abundance, before the white man arrived!

But the white man arrived, the Portuguese sailed, dominated land, exploited peoples and subjugated colonies, as this one called Brazil. But so many times have passed that we could even say that it is a thing of the past, a boring and cliché chat, leave the past where it should be, only in memory!

Well, this is how I wanted it! But when watching the scenes of last Friday (30) in the Flamengo neighborhood it’s impossible! A black boy, apparently his 16 years old, beaten, switchblade knife cuts on his body, and his cut ear, naked, tied to a pole by his neck with a bicycle lock!

We come to the facts that motivates this simple “outburst”, because in the year that one does not celebrate, because we don’t have anything to celebrate, but rather repudiate the 50th anniversary of the military coup that brought the greatest terror regime in this country after slavery in which journalists, workers, students, women, children and farmers, teachers and many others, were killed and tortured or exiled from this land solely for defending equality, a more just society for all. We looked at a young black man in the South Zone of Rio as if it were the days of slavery, attached to a pole in the public square to be tortured.

However, what confirms the Civil Police of Rio de Janeiro that the boy tortured by a group calling themselves “Justiceiros (vigilantes) of Flamengo” has two notes in his criminal record for theft.

Yes, he could really be stealing, and therefore have to answer for his crimes, or better, what opportunities did he have to do differently? If until then, why didn’t the police that had identified him not seek to take his testimony as being a public victim of a public, heinous and vexatious crime, and crime against humanity.

And it is puzzling why this Tuesday (4), 14 of those that were deemed to be a group of nearly 30 middle class youth from South Zone Rio, were arrested and taken to the 9th District (Catete), some of them minors, all accused of torturing the young man on Friday, and other suspected for beating beggars and gays in the region as a complaint had been made in Botafogo last Sunday.

All of these allegations of a very serious nature are treated with extreme vigor by the Brazilian Penal Code and the Constitutional Charter of 1988 and all international human rights treaties to which Brazil is a signatory. Moreover, these 14 people were not fined for the crime that led to them being taken to the police station, and yes, the greatest (penalties) are for the crimes of conspiracy and corruption of minors.

All paid bail and are already free! And there is a logical and legal question to be asked: why were they not fined for the crime of torture and grievous bodily harm?

In an interview with O Dia newspaper, the deputy of the 9th district, Dr. Monique Vidal said that police were working to identify the perpetrators of the minor. “We are investigating and trying to identify those responsible. We look for the boys who are part of the gang and the teenager who is the victim and offender, since he has previous run-ins with police, to help identify them.” Vidal gave this interview before the arrest of the perpetrators. It is underlined something unfortunate; Vidal made a question of emphasizing that the victim is the offender while the others are only boys.

I return to the themes of what is past: we don’t punish the torturers of the past. Torture persists; we didn’t find Amarildo: there are already more deaths awaiting testimony. We resist the hard line years (1). We cannot go on as if we’ve already won in this democracy! What is necessary is more…

* Danilo Firmino is a member of the Central Sindical e Popular (Popular and Union Central)- Conlutas RJ and representative of the Association of Residents of Honório Gurgel

Source: Racismo Ambiental, Black Women of Brazil, Brasil 247

Notes

1. Translated here as the hard line years, the term used to describe the most brutally repressive of a 21 year military reign (1968-1974) is known as the “anos de chumbo”. The period is notable for the fierce fighting between extreme left-wing factions versus extreme right-wingers on one side, and on the other the repressive apparatus of the state military police eventually backed up by paramilitary organizations and large companies, having as a backdrop, the context of the Cold War. Source

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  1. 1. that dude’s almost the same color as the rest of em (and we dont know the color of the bikers, real brazillians are darker, but those morons wont tell you that). 2. look how the cop draws his gun as soon as the man is free (even at his most vulnerable state he still strikes fear in the so called officer. and 3. we don’t know the full story, this can be anything. mankind is deplorable and Brazil is very very very racist but this incidence says nothing to me. cause you say this is racism (he is a bit darker than most of the people seen here), but the storyline says he tried to steal a motorcycle from bikers who didnt kill him (and hes still standing).

  2. O.K. I’m sorry, but I really have no feeling of anger for this young man who seemingly was a known criminal and was not nearly as badly punished as was I and thousands of other young Florida boys, both black and white, for more than a hundred years. Would that the Brazilians had found me helpless and starving and at the worst stealing from someone’s garden, onions, turnips, tomatoes and whatever I could get to keep from dying of starvation. Hell no the juvenile authorities treated me and the other mostly orphans much worse than that man who gets worldwide pity and maybe some of you will send money to him to help him remain jobless. Does he look as though starving? Hell No! He has been living high on the hog! Raise hell with Florida and tell the Governor how I was brutalized at Marianna, for no more than running away from the orphanage. Of course the Gov. ain’t gonna listen. Governors haven’t listened to the tales of beatings and killings in Marianna even though the dead children are being removed from the cold cold ground daily. Just saying. Read my book THE ICE CREAM FACTORY aka THE WHITE HOUSEFOR A graphic description of how young children were/are beaten in Florida for offenses such as stepping off the sidewalk, not answering quickly or loudly enough, not looking at a man who is speaking to you, looking at the man wrong or a hundred other offenses just as minor. Many children were beaten to death. Hell no, I say that large muscular man was punished lightly for just reason. JUST SAYING….clauderobins@yahoo.com

  3. Obviously this isn’t a discussion to be taken overseas. Most of the comments will be from Americans, and as much as it pains me to say, they’re incredibly able to be more behind than we are when it comes to racism. And yikes, even Human Rights.

  4. Unfortunately. The West is becoming increasingly racist; I’m sure you’ve heard of the killings of black teens happening in Florida and Louisiana and whatnot the past year that have been increasing in number. Also there is a growing concern by those of European ancestry that “they need a European History Month” because “Black people have their own history month, so why not us?” The world is again trying to turn against us of a higher melanin count. Whether or not the young male committed a crime or not does not refute the fact that he was attacked and persecuted! I don’t care. He is still a human being, who deserves respect and the proper reprimanding for the crimes he committed, if he hadn’t done so already. What they did to both men is a crime higher and worse than `theft`. This Claude Robins sounds like he`d enjoy beating a few kids for not following direct orders, simply because of what was done. I believe that is the kind of attitude that allows for these things to happen. “Oh, I was mistreated fairly so this person isn’t being mistreated as badly as I was so they don’t deserve any mercy or recognition by the public.” Smh. The amount of useless people in the West particularly is astounding, and an observation of world morals at this time. What a disappointment. This story truly breaks my heart.

    • Plus, the justice system is in place for a reason no? If he really did something wrong, he should be accountable following the existing procedures no? The same way that the boy, who allegedly was trying to steal should be brought to justice for his crimes, to ones who committed the crimes should be held into account for that as well. I,m with you, this is indeed heart breaking!

  5. I will disagree Claudio. I think that this discussion should be global. Racism is all over the world and there is a need to discuss it and address the problem. It implies changes in the way that institutions work, changes on peoples minds and changes in the power dynamics that enable such system to succeed. Regardless, I have to agree that some Americans are just ignorant and clueless of their on reality in what racism and other issues are concerned. Assuming that this piece of story is not problematic because the violence that he, Claude, faced was worse is just…speechless! Once one starts minimizing others pains and problems, well…open space for the problem to continue. Rather than questioning why the problem happens in the first place one is comparing how deep is the pain…seriously???tse tse tse

  6. just calm down; Violence is a real issue in Rio people are tired of it. Unfortunately they’re black, but there’s nothing else to blame; He could be white, as well.

  7. I live in Brazil. The issue is not about color or racism. Brazil is sick about violence and in Rio it is worst. Here the opinion is 50/50…. some people are tired and agree with it and some people, like me, believe that we have rules and justice to deal with it…

    • It is about justice and violence. True. But issues like this can NEVER be separated from race. Even if it is not directly about race, the issue intersects in such a way that it cannot be excluded. Although no one wants to see/admit it, the rolezinhos, arrastões and vigilante actions all have a cross sectional racial element.

      • Many of the texts showed here never address class struggle.

        And never ever address the patriarchal gaze which kills millions of women in Latin America.

        I never read one article about the exploitation of the feminine body or specifically about the mestizo and black body.

        Much more the opposite here seems you display with proud the use and abuse of the non white feminine body
        Beauty contests….seriously…how political engage you claim you are doing it?

        We can’t see black only…..you can take me anywhere in brazil. I will tell you who are from slum and will be denied to her or him access by the main entrance. Regardless their colour.

        We know who has education and who doesn’t.

        Class struggle it is far more important than race.

        No one is saying we are not racist as nation. But it is a very different way of living.

    • Not true…the majority are European descendants with or without mixing with afrodescendant.

      We feel we are pardos….mestizos- not black!

      Isn’t self identification a very important way to look at identity?

      S we don’t feel black, we feel mixed…

      • Welcome back Julia!

        And it is interesting that you would make such a point. I asked you this question several posts ago and I don’t remember receiving a response from you. If it is true as you questioned “Isn’t self identification a very important way to look at identity?” I pose this very same question to you. As many women on this blog have shown, many so-called “pardas” do in fact identify as “negras”. With your relentless promotion of “parda” identity, do YOU accept this?

        I await your response. Again, the question. If a woman who you define as “parda” identifies as “negra”, do YOU accept this?

        Second point. You have made your views very well known on this blog. It seems that the vast majority of your comments have something to do with the idea “parda” identity and the American influence on race in Brazil.

        1) As it turns out, when looking behind the scenes of US policies, these policies are not actually American. The Americans are in fact only the face of what appears on policies. I will leave it to you to discover the true American policy makers. Those same policy makers have had a huge influence on the founding of Brazil as well…

        2) I won’t debate the issue of American influence on race in Brazil because even with sufficient sources and facts you would continue with your view. Thus an argument/discussion is senseless. You once wrote that American influence in universities is changing racial ideals in Brazil. I would argue that as the vast majority of Brazilians never reach college and an infinitely smaller amount study issues of race, I would argue that even if it were true (US influence), it cannot even scratch the surface of the Brazilian media that EVERYONE watches. And the Brazilian media’s continuous stereotyping and invisibility of afrodescendentes has an infinitely stronger influence on the general population than anything that happens in a university setting.

        3) If you have nothing more productive to add to this blog besides “parda” identity and US/Anglo influence on Brazil, I will need to begin restricting and/or deleting your comments as you are beginning to come off as an internet “troll”. With the obsessiveness you show in regards to your opinions, I think they would be better served on your own blog.

        With that said, thank you for all of your very redundant comments…

      • Gatas negras,

        Redundant and obsessive is the website overhere. Where anyone darker skin is equal black. You could translate it in a better way for the english audience. I can’t see as that and all of us Brazilians can’t see black x white.

        All Brazilians writing here agree with my perspective. And all the anglophonic audience agree with your website.

        We clearly have a gap of understanding each other. I do think a dialogue can bring us to better understanding and respect.

        If expressing and communicating a different opinion is not welcome and better being blocked. You have all the right to do so.

        Ignoring or blocking the Brazilian voice it is not exposing our struggle.

        Look it is not about how many people go to university or not. Why do you think the afromoviments got bigger? Because they are acting in the midia? Or they are growing in universities who bring it back to the midia a pressure for better regulations.

        I never disagree one image in the midia can empower politically any group of people more than hundreds and hundreds of papers. I never disagree we have a lack of representation of afrodescendants, Mediterranean descendants, japonese descendants and indigenous descendant in our midia. Because the dream of brazilian people is to be the white blonde, blue eyes. Which we never ever been. We are Mediterranean plus african plus indigenous people.

        Tell me which country represents the black women in a positive way in the midia?

        Sorry not one afro american female artist represent our hair, our nose, our real skin colour.

        They all show mestizos. Whitener as much as it can be. Lighter as much as it can be.

        Not even mention the patriarchal gaze against all of us women which here is not even mentioned. Much more the opposite seemed to be celebrated.

        I wish you the best but this blog is part of what we exactly don’t enjoy when foreigners gaze us.

        About this not US policies and only a face of it. You shocked me! Have you ever read the west and the rest? The Americanism? The American imperialism? Why globally we discuss human rights? Because it is a Chinese influence? Or would it be japonese? For sure the Americanism is rooted in British policies and Europeans concepts. That is why I like to call it anglophonic.

        In the last 100years USA had intervened a lot in Latin American and in Middle East. Those interventions had affected straight forward civilians movements locally. For worse and for better depending of the USA profit and political interest in the area.

        Please if the American can’t recognise the patronising attitude with different speeches changing as it please their economical development. I for sure can not have any dialogue here.

        I just hope in few years you will read how the American blackness became a fascism the oly way to gaze race struggle. How this concept undermined the cultural differences.

        The time will tell. We had the time of race segregation, we will have the time the race (black or mestizo? Who decided what to call it??) representation and soon you will have to have the race integration.

        USA achieved first the representation, need the integration. We achieved the integration, but we need the representation.for that is impossible a perfect translation

      • Hello again Julia!

        It is clear that there are Brazilians who agree with you. But you seem to always ignore the Brazilians who DO agree with the information/perspective on this blog.

        It is true that in general, persons who classify themselves as “pardos” are not generally politicized in terms of the race issue. (There will be a future post coming about that as well, from, again, a Brazilian author who studied the issue).

        There are many who classify themselves as “pardos” on the census simply because the term “negro” doesn’t exist; but many “pardos” DO in fact define themselves as “negra/o”; there are many posts on this blog about people who came to adapt an “identidade negra”. Why do YOU choose to ignore that? I would honestly like for you to respond to this question.

        I have shown you a number of Brazilian, not ANGLO, authors who define what a “negro” is; they all come to the same conclusion; pardo/mulato are part of the negro category; various Brazilian historians have also shown this. In the future this will also be the topic of a post. As such, this blog writes from that perspective.

        In terms of the Movimento Negro, when one looks at the political stance of the so-called “pardo movement” they clearly state that they adhere to the studies and ideologies of Gilberto Freyre. As most Movimento Negro activists reject most of the conclusions of Freyre, it is obvious that this blog will never adhere to your views on the topic of race. As such, what is the point of the continuous debate? You see it one way; authors and activists of this blog see it another way. Case closed.

        The translations on this blog come DIRECTLY from Brazilian writers. There are very few articles here written by authors from the Anglo (American/British) world that you rail against in NEARLY everyone of your comments.

        Another thing I have noted is that when persons come into racial consciousness, generally they are pardos/mulatos and morenos who become negros and not the other way around. As this blog is political in that sense, again, it represents the focus of the blog.

        As I stated previously, you have nothing else to contribute to the blog as nearly ALL of your comments are the same: “pardo is not black”, and “that is Anglo/US influence.” When I see a person post 100 comments saying the same thing over and over again, the persons begins to look like a “troll”. If the “pardo” issue is your personal issue, again, perhaps your own blog is the place for your views.

        In terms of Americanisms. When I wrote that I have discovered that it is not American influence that is dominant around the world, I am saying that what you see is the American face; the hidden forces that control the US are the forces that you do not see and this blog is not the place to discuss this; I challenge you to search for the hidden hand and you will find the source of what appears to be American influence and imperialism.

        For many years I bashed the American influence in the world until I discovered that what I thought was American influence in reality is not; again, that is for you to discover.

        With all of that said, this will be the last time I address you and your redundant comments.

      • Bishop The Eastside: If you noticed, this Julia person has posted the same comments throughout her 100 comments on this blog which is why I have no choice but to begin to disapprove her redundant comments! There’s no way to prove it, but 100 comments with the same basic comment sounds very “trollish”.

  8. Bullocks! The only racist here is the writer of this text!! Why mention that he is black?? Most of the people in Rio are! Even those who tied him down! If he was white no one would mention it and he wouldn’t be a poor guy. Inverted racism. He’s a ROBBER! He stoled a motorbike. Doesn’t matter what collor he is! A robber is a robber. Well done.

      • Bishop you don’t understand the Brazilian dinamics…

        It is very American your ideology….I don’t think your mistaken but don’t try to gaze brazil with your culture.

        You will never understand us….to understand the other needs more the good intention.

        Many white Europeans had good intentions and look. What they had left for us.

      • its not just american my understanding…I lived in Latin America for a couple years…..may not be Brazil, but one thing I notice is because many think that they are living in some sort of non existent racial Utopia a lot of things get over looked as non racial, and just a “class” thing-when they are purely racial…when I lived in Panama ppl said the same thing to me. Don’t come down here with your “American” mentality…Even the black Panamanians….meanwhile what I noticed there was racism on the level almost of what we saw in the 50s in the sates…but even the most marginalized of Black Panamanians would ignore it for some ideal of racial equality which DOES NOT AND NEVER HAVE EXISTIED….. just complacency…what you think is an American mentality is a mentality born out of having a keen awareness of racial injustice and not just trying to sweep it under the rug as nothing else…IGNORING A CUT ONLY MAKES THE WOUND GROW BIGGER WITH TIME…remember this

      • Bishop you can’t compare panama with brazil. Panama is almost an American colony.

        Lusophonic colonizatian was very different from the Hispanic one.

        Although Latin America has similarities you can’t make equal.

        No one is saying brazil is not racist. We live in a different way. Class struggle comes first toour eyes.

        The brazilian comments here is exactly that. You all sound very American. It would be nice if you listen to us. At least try to reflect.

        Before get upset, just think; nothing against the Americanism – each culture live and believe indifferent things.

        how would it be to live in country where the most important writer is an afrodescendant ?

        How would be to live in country where we can be Catholics, and believe in reincarnation and we can go to terreiro to celebrate the African and European religion called candomble? You would never ever find this possibility in the Hispanic ex colonies.

        How would it be to live in a country where the different rhythms not only samba, but axe, maracatu, forro, brega, pagode, musica sertaneja raiz, repente, and many others are styles from the fusion of African, European, indigenous styles which we called Brazilian music? We see and identified as national.

        We don’t have a black music magazine! We dont understand that. because no one is pure. we are a fusion. We have a Brazilian music!

        National identity is being mixed.

        Can you see how difficult is to explain? I am not saying USA or brazil is right or wrong. Each of us has a history, social construction and values which are different.

        I feel we have a gap, it would be lovely to learn with each other. As skidmore said – brazil first became mestizo now are claiming negros rights. Americans first claimed black rights and now are learning how to be mestizo.

        This is our difference. It is nice to be understood by both sides.

        Any way. I am finishing here. Gatas negras get upset of my perspective which seemed to be the same of the other Brazilians. I just wanted to line up with you those important details.

        As I said if you got brazil don’t take Rio de Janeiro or Salvador as the Brazilian realities because brazil is continental.

        It is worth to experience the other. I am glad you had the opportunity to live in panama.

        Best wishes

      • At Julia:

        The issue with you has nothing to do with getting mad; the point is, our views differ and it is a waste to continue the debate. I disagree with many of the various points you just made. For example, there are various articles on this blog that speak to the oppression of African-oriented religions such as Candomble. It still exists because of a battle for this right that has been raged for centuries. The average Brazilian, even if they don’t admit, associate Candomble with very negative connotations. This is not tolerance.

        No black music magazine? As the artists that get the vast majority of propaganda are not black perhaps that would be a good idea. Go to any magazine stand in Brazil and tell me how many black faces you see on the magazines. This in affect is the basic difference between your view and that of the writers of the blog. You prefer to keep the same old “we’re all a mixture” ideology that maintains black people in an inferior position in the hopes for a true “racial democracy” that 500 years of mixing still hasn’t come to fruition.

        Nei Lopes, a well-respected historian, wrote an article several months back about the “De-Africanization” of the samba. The Brazilian ideal is to continue to suck off of cultures of African origin while making the very people invisible. Again, a clash with the ideals of this blog.

        If you wish to maintain contact with anyone who posted comments please feel free to do so through your own means of communication.

        Thank you Julia…

  9. I love to read those comments. All Brazilians can’t get the anglophonic point of view…..but here it comes…,the Americans want because want to prove we are all wrong…,but the American way is the only way right.

    I don’t know why….but the black Americans remind me of white Europeans….that one who colonised everywhere. They knew it all….the others didn’t….they were superiors and with the solutions for all the problems. Disrecting and undermind any different culture from them.

    Bishop you will never get ….I am Parda Brazilian. My father is a black man with proud and my mother is a japonese with proud. We can’t see the world black x white….our world has more colours and more grey than yours.

    If we Brazilians are saying something why all of you English speakers keep ignoring!

    It is so sad. I feel culture raped by the anglophonic gaze.

    Hope one day you start to learn with us to be more Pardo and less negro. When most of you are mixed with white blood too.

    • and what i am saying is that class struggle coming first is not accurate and not all brazilians believe this…I hear many Brazilians that GET IT! like the writer of this blog, Actors and Actresses frustrated with not being able to score quality roles. Black Leaders, at one time rappers like MV Bill aND Racionais mc’s…I read and study and gather my opinions….I may not be brazilian….But I am worldly I understand culture..(.and yes I MAY BE “American” as you say, I don’t really feel “American” this country doesnt really allow you to feel this waY)….BUT I KNOW that putting a class struggle first over a racial one is foolish, and a sure way to keep black…and the brown ppl that you so desperately want to be, on the bottom of the structure…And why do you keep adding European to everything you talk about….Condomble??? really? You don’t represent the Brazilian world view…Just your own, I don’t know your story but you seem like those black people here who don’t feel comfortable with themselves AND love to make excuses for their slave masters

    • SHUT UP IDIOT U CANT EVEN BE PARDO , PARDO IS PEOPLE OF PORTUGUESE AFRO AND AMERINDIAN HERITAGE, YOUR MOM IS ASIAN, SHUT UP IDIOT, GO AHEAD U CAN PASS FOR ASIAN, U DONT FEEL THE RACISM THAT BLACK PEOPLE SUFFERED, SHUT UP IDIOT YOU PIECE OF SHIT ARE IN ALL ARTICLE BABBLING AGAINST BLACK VIEWS

  10. latin america is very racist….just ask the african players what they have been through…..what pepe did to kieta? what suarez called patrice evra…reading this story just confirms it….

  11. they hide behind a viel that they see each other as equal…but its fake..ever wonder why you didn’t see any black people in the stands? only one dark skinned player in the team…my buddy ramires…these people are the biggest hypocrites ever

  12. This Julia is in all articles saying shit, I bet she isnt black, Im a black brazilian from salvador bahia we have african culture and we love american black persons and people and all black descent, shut up bitch u suck

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