Saturday, February 18, 2012
Video: Afro-Brazilian students are protesting against racism in São Paulo Brazil
Young Afro-Brazilians are increasingly protesting in an Occupy movement-style against racism in their country. New protest are targeted at private-public spaces, restaurants, shopping malls, supermarkets, banks and fashion shows.
A week ago, on February 11, members (black and white) of Anti-racism organisations protested in the exclusive shopping mall Higienopolis in Sao Paulo (see video).
And recently there were several student protests against the lack of black models on fashion shows and against the discrimination of a black boy from Spain who was thrown out a Pizzeria because of his colour.
The coordinator of the Black Consciousness group at the University of São Paulo (USP), Haydee Fiorino, says that for women the burden of discrimination is even greater. "Black women are always doing subordinate work. Or they are seen as the wife of the carnival, the lecherous mulatto, who only gains visibility in the carnival and then goes back to his place, sweeping the floor, "she added. Read more at http://www.uel.br
Check out the promo of the Higienopolis shopping mall in São Paulo.
About racism in Brazil, Brazilian journalist, scholar and activist Daniela Gomes says in an interview. “Our State is still anti-black but nobody does anything, our people are still living in poverty, but people prefer to see it as a social issue. When we talk about affirmative action like racial quotas, they get upset as if we were trying to take something from them, so it is really hard to talk about racism in Brazil, especially in an Afro American conception. But I can’t deny that we have had some wins in these past few years.” See her Portuguese/English blog at http://afroatitudes.blogspot.com
I hope the students will be able to make a difference, but it's clear it's going to be long fight.