Note from BW of Brazil: A few days ago we brought you the story of a white former model whose once promising life descended into crack addiction. The point of the article was to not criminalize the woman because, as humans, all experience low points in life, some of course lower than others. We have also seen miraculous recoveries where those people who once fell to such low points in life managed to get their lives back together and even prosper again. The point is to expose the differences in how Brazil’s media portrays persons of European appearance in comparison to how it portrays persons of visible African ancestry.
A well-known saying known throughout Brazil will suffice here: “Branco correndo é atleta, preto correndo é ladrão”, meaning ‘a white man running is an athlete, a black man running is a thief’. This phrase basically sums up these differences when viewed through the lens of the media. And why would it be different? After all, the media is but a reflection of the society. These differences are at the root of the controversy over the current television program Sexo e as negas and racism in the media in general.
For years, Brazilian citizens and even its social scientists have claimed that racism in Brazil is veiled, or more subtle than that in other countries. Here at BW of Brazil we have long acknowledged that sometimes Brazil’s racism is indeed subtle but in other moments there is nothing subtle about it! In following recent developments over the fall from grace of a former model, I noted that other people see this also. I recently received the following message and photo from a woman known as Sinhá Rad:
“The only crime of these girls? There are not brancas (white women). Disgusting is this fascist media and those embracing its discourse. The racism of this country is only veiled to those who force themselves not to see it: IT IS EXPLICIT! I’m sitting waiting the day when some of them will appear on the (Hora do) Faro program for becoming models.” – Sinhá Rad
In other words, it’s really not hard to tell!
A good criminal is a white criminal
By Lelê Teles
The glamorization of white people makes a beggar, you see, turn into a mendigato (hot-looking beggar); a white drug dealer is called young, beautiful and dentist by the news; the car thief is called a student and a girl…
Now I ask you, if they were black what would the treatment be? First that the shirtless boy and with no education would be called a dangerous drug dealer and if he smiled in the photo they would call him cynical and cold, they would say that he mocked the police and society.
Look at it…
The blonde model, addicted to crack, was given free treatment paid for by a TV station.
Meanwhile, “pretos imundos” (filthy blacks) take a beating in cracolândia (crackland) (1).
USP (University of São Paulo) medical school is full of rich, white rapists, a name doesn’t appear in the news or a miserable picture. The charges are serious. The victims are there revealing names. Where are the bloodhounds, where are the investigative reporters, where are those brave journalists who go into the favela (slums) with bullet-proof vests, behind the skinny teenage aviãozinho (drug runner) (2), in flip flops and no shirt?
Does it cost to hop over to USP, breath the fresh air and ask the violated girls who the rapists are? Rapists, women’s children, people execrated even by dangerous criminals are being protected by the media.
The white male can do everything.
Recent research from IPEA and the Ministry of Justice show that the majority of alternative sanctions are applied to whites, but blacks are more frequently sentenced to prison.
Afterward they wonder why the hell the seals are raping penguins.
A word of salvation.
Source: Portal Fórum