Note from BW of Brazil: Well the 2016 Summer Olympic Games hosted in Rio de Janeiro are officially over and it was a record setting effort for number of medals won by Brazil in this, the most celebrated global athletic event. And while the opening and the closing ceremonies were spectacular and so many athletes put on memorable performances, none of this changes the social reality that is Brazil and has been for centuries. As this writer sat back and watched the ending Carnaval-theme in the closing of the Games, all I could do was shake my head and think, “they did it again.”
In the same manner as everyday televised futebol games and novelas (soap operas) as well as the 2014 World Cup, also hosted in Brazil, the huge celebration of the world’s greatest athletes did exactly what it was intended to do: reflect attention away from the social conditions. What social conditions, you might ask? Well, the meme above pretty says it all. Below the text is translated and links are provided that analyze the information from the perspective of race.
Brazil deserves the tin can medal
First place in homicides
A police force that kills the most in the world
Fifth place in violence against women
Third place in homicides against children
Fourth largest prison population
Among the top ten of unemployment
75th place in the Human Development Index
Number 125th ranking by World Health Organization
Teacher salaries are third worst in the world
One of the most racist countries in the world
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