Note from BW of Brazil: OK, so now that we have celebrated the exhilarating victory of judo artist Rafaela Silva bringing home Brazil’s first gold medal right in her own hometown, today we will take a more critical view of all of the celebration, accolades and pride that Brazil claims to have in her victory.
Considering all of the things we’ve seen just on this blog alone since 2011, one must conclude that all of this hype and love for Rafaela Silva is, like so many other things we’ve seen, a myth…a farse. For Brazil doesn’t like women who look like Rafaela Silva. On a daily basis in Brazil, women who look like Rafaela Silva are told that their hair is “ruim” (bad), that they can’t work in certain places with “that hair”. Women who look like Rafaela Silva and come from her poor, favela background can be shot, killed, thrown in the back of a police truck and have her body dragged on the ground for several yards.
Women who look like Rafaela Silva are rarely seen in protagonist roles on television or in films and when they are even featured, they’re usually “the help” or some sort of sensual vixen. Women who look like Rafaela Silva are more likely to be raped and/or killed and are routinely passed over in the relationship market where most Brazilian men prefer white women.
Women who look like Rafaela are more likely to be imprisoned, will be paid four times less than white men and suffer racial insults on social networks even being rich and/or famous. Women who look like Rafaela will be routinely passed for white women in jobs, even when she is better qualified.
We will continue to remind our audience that Brazil continues to believe that certain places and jobs are not meant for black people. In fact, with certainty, if Rafaela Silva owned a home in Rio’s upper crust South Zone and people didn’t know her, someone ringing her doorbell would probably ask to see ‘lady of house’ as they would assume that Rafaela couldn’t possibly be the owner of the home. Let us also remember that these same Brazilians have always rejected the quota system so that more Rafaelas can get into college because they don’t like the idea of their maids’ daughters going to the same university as their children. They don’t like seeing people like Rafaela at the airports, in cool restaurants or in ritzy shopping malls either.
So I find it laughable and even a slap in the face that so many white Brazilians would be celebrating Rafaela’s victory for Brazil, because, as the country still has such fond memories of the slavery era, these same people would see Rafaela as only being suitable for serving them in their kitchen if she didn’t happen to get involved in sports, one of the few areas (along with music) in which black Brazilians are allowed to excel. And even then, it depends on the sport and type of music, just ask former champion gymnast Daiane dos Santos or a number of black female singers who managed to avoid “the place” where they were directed.
So, no Brazil, you aren’t really celebrating with Rafaela Silva. And no, we are not all Silva, in the same way that we weren’t all Maju when you showed your racist character once again against the new black weather girl. We are only all this or that when your objective is to hide the true racist nature of this culture all the while avoiding a real, honest conversation on this social disease (1). Rafaela herself clearly remembers when these Brazilians called her a monkey after her disappointing defeat in the 2012 London Games.
You must celebrate Rafaela as she’s won Brazil’s first, and so far, only gold medal. You only celebrate black people and culture when you can appropriate and whiten it because the “coisa do negro” (black thing) is always better when it comes packaged in a white(r) body. Because in the real Brazil, someone like Rafaela would be told to get back in the kitchen if were thought to be out of “her place”!
“The most reliable expression of homage to Rafaela …”
By Gislene Ramos
“Is it BRAZIL’S GOLD”?
NO! This gold is Rafaela Silva’s!
Brazil hates Rafaela Silvas.
Brazil imprisons Rafaela Silvas.
Brazil beats Rafaela Silvas.
Brazil rapes Rafaela Silvas.
Brazil harasses Rafalea Silvas.
Brazil denies jobs to Rafaela Silvas.
Brazil neglects Rafaelas Silva.
Brazil thinks the hair of Rafaela Silvas is bad.
Brazil clutches its purse when near Rafaela Silvas.
Brazil is “practically (one of the) family” of Rafaela Silvas.
Brazil beat its pots for the end of Rafaela Silvas.
BRAZIL HATES RAFAELAS!
So Brazil…gold is belongs to the Rafaelas who struggle daily, on the mats and off of them!
#ÉPelaVidaDasMulheres (it’s for the life of black women) #MulheresNegras (black women) #MulheresFortes (strong women) #LuteComoUmaMulher (fight like a woman) #RafaelaSilva
The most reliable expression of homage to Rafaela…
by RSilva, courtesy of Nós Somos Negros WhatsApp group
I kept telling myself this yesterday …when I saw the white elite cheering Rafaela, having all that party … receiving her in their arms supposedly, welcoming her… 😏😏😏
They had to swallow Rafaela, because it she, the reverse of appreciated standard in Brazil, the only one, so far, that gave a gold medal to this perversely prejudiced country…
Certainly, that girl – Rafaela Silva – is the same that would be blatantly discriminated against in a mall in the south zone of Rio de Janeiro, or even in a store on Rua Uruguaiana (street) or in Saara (popular market). Better our biotype condemn us, even without committing any crime or offense…
Rafaela beat out several medal hopes, exalted and praised in recent months by the national press…Some of them have already been, precociously, declassified in horse riding and in canoeing.
Congratulations Rafaela Silva, this gold is yours, the fruit of your talent and hard work with your coaching team…(Former coach) Flávio Canto has to roll the red carpet out for you indeed…he fought for years and never won the gold, with (social/financial) conditions, certainly much better than yours. He said he would trade his PAN (American) medal for your gold at home…undoubtedly the symbolic and real value of this medal is immeasurable!
This achievement positively impacts the lives of the black youth of this country …
SimNósNegr#@@sBrasileirasPodemos (yes we black men and women Brazilians can)!
Source: Celso Vicenzi, Nós Somos Negros
- A topic that has been discussed in numerous posts, this in reference to the ridiculous manner in which Brazilians claim that “we are all equal” or “we are all so and so” whenever a racist incident occurs. This sort of reaction never leads to any sort of real challenge to racism and in fact avoids the issue.