Note from BW of Brazil: So, you still believe “somos todos iguais” (we are all equal)??? Are you sure about that? OK, first let’s be clear about this. Yes, human beings are all equal in simple terms of humanity. We all need food to eat, air to breathe and water to drink, but this is not what we’re talking about here. We are talking about the social values associated with physical characteristics connected to understandings of race. We’ve seen numerous examples of the privilege that white skin, distinctly European features and (preferably) blond hair bring in a country like Brazil. This writer has personally witnessed numerous examples of this overwhelming acceptance of white superiority in various cities and states around the country and the experiment shown in the video featured today is just more proof of this.
While people continue to use rhetoric to deny the fact that the lives and characteristics of white Brazilians are clearly more valued than those of non-whites, we see proof to the contrary is so many ways that one has to wonder how long people can continue this charade. Anyway, in yet another installment of those ever popular “Vai Fazer o Quê?” (What Would/Will You Do?) videos, we see the differences in how people react or don’t react when two little girls appear to be lost. The results are, again, very revealing about the construction of race in Brazilian society. See the full video at the bottom of the page.
Racial prejudice affects even people with the same skin color. Do you doubt this? Do an honest test with yourself!
by Elane Souza Advocacia & Consultoria
There is a program on Record TV named Hoje em Dia that presents an interesting column. It consists of assessing people’s reactions to a particular type of treatment that is meted out to someone. Yesterday, perusing on the station’s portal, as I do almost every day, since I don’t watch TV, I saw this description in a title that interested me quite a bit. “Elcio Coronato tests the reaction of people in a situation of racial prejudice”…curiously, I decided to open the video to see the result of such a test.
Two little girls were placed in a point in the city of São Paulo, with normal cloths, garments, pretending to be lost (from their parents), however one was black and one white, each one in their own time, were observed with cameras and instructed with headsets in their ears.
First, the “experiment” with the black child, leaving her in the street with a look of being lost. The girl remained for 1 hour until a young man, also black, took the initiative to approach and ask where her parents were, what was happening, and if she was lost (i.e. an hour for someone to care about the welfare of that child); however when the same “experiment” was done with the white girl, blonde with light-colored eyes, in less than five minutes someone appeared (a lady with her little girl, also white) worrying about her.
Several tests with the blonde girl were necessary, every time she was put there, “as lost”, immediately two or more people appeared to take knowledge of what the girl was doing there alone (if she was lost, where her parents were and blah blah blah).
It’s unbelievable how prejudiced treatments are visible. It seems that people see as something common seeing black children on the street, but when they see a little blond white girl they are immediately concerned and “run” to help. (1)
Have you ever imagined in this situation? What do you do if you found a black child in the street? Would you distance yourself because of fear of being assaulted because if they are on the street it’s because they are marginals and drug addicts? Or would you act differently, seeking to know what was going on, if she was lost, if she needed something, if she had a home and a family?
Unfortunately, it’s damn PRÉ-conceito (PRE-concept or prejudice) that is ingrained in many of us, including us who have the same color pardos (ie browns) and negros (blacks).
It’s a shame the way we behave in situations like this! We cannot let this world change us into inhumane people. We cannot get used to see such situations and then believing they are common or natural. Or does the mere fact that a person is white already give a stamp of good conduct, being better and more worthy than others?
Black girl and white girl lost; is there a difference in how people react?
Source: Jus Brasil
1. What’s really noteworthy here is not only how quickly people come to the aid of the blond child who they believe to be lost, but also the number of people. The black girl waits about an hour before a single person offers his help. On the other hand, people coming to the aid of the blond white child come in groups of two, three, five and even ten people. And just for clarity, we are aware that some will look at the non-white child and say, “she’s not negra/black; she’s mulata/parda/brown/mixed”, but does it really matter? As we have argued in numerous posts, according to many social statistics, persons of African descent, be they preto/black or pardo/brown experience social disadvantages almost completely equal. Studies proved this in the 1950s and still today, 60 years later, pretos and pardos remain in the same social “boat”.