Note from BW of Brazil: It’s really intriguing to see the things goin’ down in Brazil connected to the release of the film Black Panther (Pantera Negra). Afro-Brazilians have been making use of the concept of ‘Black Money’ (well, in a way) to pool their resources and see the film as a community. I say “in a way” because, although they are filling up whole movie theater rooms to watch the film as a group, ultimately this money isn’t going to financially support a black initiative, as Marvel, Disney nor the movie theaters they are filling up are owned by black people, but still it’s an inspiring endeavor.
But as the black Brazilian community continues to find ways to support specifically black causes, in a Brazil dominated by a white supremacy complex and that still refuses to see its racist tendencies, such initiatives will automatically labeled as “reverse racism” or “anti-white”. So although Brazilian society is dominated by people who and look and identify as white and that have the vast majority of resources, there will still be questions like, “why aren’t raising funds for white children?” or, “why aren’t taking white children to camp too?“. As such, Brazil’s sophisticated for of racism wants to continue the farce of a ‘racial democracy’ by accusing black Brazilians of doing things that institutional racism does to black people everyday. Go to any middle class shopping mall in Brazil and you will see vastly white audiences at the movie theaters.
So what we’re seeing in Brazil today is a rising difference of opinions in terms of how the country’s racial issues are interpreted and the measures necessary to address such issues. For white Brazilians, black people are creating divisions where they don’t exist, while for black Brazilians these divisions have always existed and thus they need take actions on their own behalf. Today’s story is simply another example of this.
By Silvia Nascimento with additional info courtesy of Revista Fórum
The rise of the voice of the black community within Facebook, the largest social network on the planet, did not necessarily mean freedom. Teachers, communicators, students. Many have had their accounts blocked for discussing racial issues, even though they are within the community standards of the American platform.
The analysis of the comments that generate blockades, shows the belief in racismo reverso (reverse racism), where defending black themes, is translated as insults to whites, with the myth of reverse racism being the reason why most of these banishes happen.
The most recent case is that of Vitória Sant’Anna, a student of Pedagogy at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, who was blocked from Facebook, only because she is campaigning to raise funds that will be used to bring black and needy children to watch the film Pantera Negra (Black Panther).
Fortunately, the blockade did not stop the campaign from being a success. On the same date, Vitória made an outburst in the net. “The campaign post ‘DONATE 1 TICKET FOR A BLACK CHILD TO WATCH THE BLACK PANTHER MOVIE IN THE 3D CINEMA’ was denounced by racists and excluded from Facebook. Creating a campaign to bring black children to the movies is an affront to the white, racist, and slave-o-crat society, that cannot imagine the possibility of us strengthening ourselves. But the campaign continued, we will not let them affect us.”
In a short time, the social network retracted and sent a message in which it reveals that the case was nothing more than an accident: “A member of our team accidentally removed something published by you on Facebook. This was a mistake and we sincerely apologize for this mistake. We’ve restored the content in question and now you can view it again.”
After everything settled, she posted on her Facebook page:
“On February 15th I went to the movies to watch the movie Pantera Negra and left with a mission: to take as many black children and young people out of periphery to watch this film that talks about black heroes. On the 16th I started the campaign and the initial goal was to take 30 children and young people.
In four days enough was raised to pay for bus, ticket, soda and popcorn for 100. On the same day that we got donations for 100 children, I was blocked and accused of making a racist campaign, whose main objective is to take black children.
Today, we doubled the target of 100 and bought 210 tickets for black and peripheral children to watch the movie Black Panther in 3D with transportation, popcorn and soda!!!!!!!!!
February 22 is one of the happiest days of my life, it will only come in second to February 27, the day we are going to take all these children and teenagers to the movies!
More of FB message
Thank you for everyone’s support. And please don’t respond to the comments, I know that it’s stronger and that the blood pressure goes up, but instead of responding share the campaign with a friend, agreed? THE COST OF THE TICKET r$14.00. We are reaching the goal of taking 100 children but we want to provide this moment..
Brazilian Wakanda on cell phones
Amino is a new application, which just like Facebook has as main goal of connecting people, but uniting a little of the other existing platforms, being very popular among the geek public:
“It is a space for debates and sharing of the Afro community. It is possible to do – Facebook posts, conversations equal to WhatsApp, follow people like Instagram and create individual blogs,” explains Claudio Renan Campos Faraias, Computer Network Analyst, native of Rio Grande/Rio Grande do Sul responsible for creating the community WakandaBr (Wakanda Brazil), inspired by the name in Utopian Africa from the recently released Marvel film Black Panther.
The group composed only of blacks, has one until the closing of this text, 105 people, a little more than 24 hours after its creation.
Using real photos, or avatars inspired by the film Black Panther, all are learning together how to use the new platform, where Brazil is the third country in access numbers. There are currently more than 10 million people using Amino.
For Claudio, the autonomy of the communities, which comes when it becomes big and relevant, is one of the great differentials of this start up and it is being selective towards new members, to avoid the entry of racist and haters.
For now, members only come by invitation or approval. “Avoiding 100% is impossible. We have to avoid denunciation. I’m choosing the people I know personally for moderators who on the platform are called healers,” the analyst details.
Claudio is optimistic about increasing the black presence in the application. “The trend is for this to happen naturally. When the platform realizes that it is a large and engaged community. It will start from the initiative of leaving the WakandaBr with autonomy. Because for them it’s a case of success to attract more investors,” reflects.
The Amino app is free and available for iOS and Android.