Note from BW of Brazil: Last week, Brazilians across the country took to the streets in protest to the cuts to education implemented by the Jair Bolsonaro Administration. According to estimates, more than one million people spread across nearly 200 cities protested the measures with more demonstrations scheduled for the end of May and June.
On the cover of Brazil’s Newsweek, Veja magazine, the cover featured Bolsonaro facing a tsunami in reference to a dissent in Congress against the new president, a declining economy, protests and corruption charges against one of his sons. And the president hasn’t even been in office for six months. As I mentioned in a previous article, one of Bolsonaro’s aims seems to be reversing the gains made by the black population in the last decade and a half, even though he would never acknowledge this.
“The black population is the most affected by the cuts in education,” says Lia Schucman
Courtesy of Notícia Preta
On Wednesday, May 18, all states and the Federal District, registered demonstrations against the blockade of resources for education announced by the Ministry of Education. At the end of April, the MEC blocked 24.84% of the non-compulsory expenditure of the budgets of the federal institutions. These expenses include expenses with outsourced professionals, works, equipment, water bills, light and purchase of basic material, as well as research. In total, considering all universities, this cut is BRL 1.7 billion.
For the doctor in Social Psychology at USP (University of São Paulo), Lia Vainer Schucman, the black population is the most impaired by the government maneuver. “It is very important to think that any cut in the public service first affects the black and poor population. In the case of universities, obviously, the black population will be the first to suffer. For example, outsourced parties will be the first to be fired and they are mostly black.”
According to the MEC, compulsory expenses, such as student assistance and payment of salaries and pensions, were not affected. Even so, the cut is troublesome for the black population. “The permanence of the black population in the university depends on incentive grants, the university restaurant, research grants, and financial aid. If any of these incentives are cut (as is the case of research), it will affect the black and poor population first,” added the psychologist, who was in Recife last Monday participating in a debate about whiteness in the sciences.
Source: Notícia Preta