Vera Gimenez says that racism in Brazil is imported from the USA: ‘Mimimi’

Vera Gimenez says that racism in Brazil is imported from the USA: ‘Mimimi’
Vera Gimenez says that racism in Brazil is imported from the USA: ‘Mimimi’
Actress Vera Gimenez, mother of presenter Luciana Gimenez, minimized racism in Brazil by comparing it with the system that prevailed in the United States until the mid-60s.

White and blonde, the actress gave a live interview with Diogo Bonfim and did not recognize that, here, the racial difference was veiled and that after the abolition of slavery, the black population had no reimbursement or inclusion project in life. Social.

It’s a mimimi generation, I find it very boring. Anything you say is very mimimi. You can’t joke or say anything else. Guys, where did you care from? From the United States, for example, this racism. Look, inside the university I went to, I had three great friends: Zezé, Ana and Desluce. Nowadays, I don’t know if you say ‘black or black’, it doesn’t matter

With only three black friends in college, Vera did not count how many white friends she had in the same class. The number of blacks in universities only reached a level higher than 50% of students in 2018, according to IBGE.

Vera said that she called black friends to comment on the latest edition of “BBB 21” – for the first time the reality show had a greater number of black participants and raised discussions about racism in Brazil.

I even called Ana, when I saw some things of racism in the ‘BBB’, I said: ‘Ana, would we be able to be friends as we are today, since 1981? Would we be able to be? ‘ Because I am seeing this imported racism, American. There is racism here, I am not disposing of it. But racism there was terrible. Until the 50s, 60s, I don’t know, blacks couldn’t get on the same bus. Blacks, no, blacks – I don’t know how to say it anymore

Brazil has never, in fact, had an explicit system of segregation, but social inequalities show who is most vulnerable: black men have a life expectancy of up to 4.6 years less than that of white men; in the job market, a black person and a white person with the same education have a salary difference of 31%; in 2019, while the majority of the inhabitants were and still are black (54%), 96% of the parliamentarians are white; a young black man was killed every 23 minutes.

Around here, black people take buses to reach distant central regions, since they live in greater numbers in extremes: 57.1% of the people who live in Parelheiros, in the capital of São Paulo, are black, while the central region like Pinheiros has only 7 , 3%, according to the report “Racial Equality in São Paulo: advances and challenges” published in 2017 by the extinct Municipal Secretariat for Promotion and Racial Equality.

Those who live in Jardim Angela, the southern zone and the city’s blackest district, for example, spend an average of 83.7 minutes commuting to access the workplace, according to the 2020 Inequality Map.

But Vera continued to compare the two countries, without considering the time that slavery was abolished in each one – Brazil was one of the last in the world to do this.

Never had this here. And, by the way, I challenge any Brazilian, who does not have a black in the family. I think it’s hard. Here there was always a racism of money: if you are rich, you can be black, whatever. Nobody ever cares. In the States, this is not the case. Now this problem is caring for Brazil, which I think is terrible, I can’t understand

In fact, it makes a difference: in 2019, the IBGE newsletter “Social Inequalities by Color or Race in Brazil” showed that between 10% with higher income per capita in the country, only 27.7% were black, while whites were 70.6%.

At the point of poverty, the reality was reversed with blacks being 75.2% of the poorest 10% – whites were 23.7%.

Racism has not been imported now and has been present in the country’s history for some time. Before the Golden Law of 1888, there were laws that gave rights to whites and left blacks aside. In 1824, the Constitution said that school was a right of all citizens, which did not include enslaved peoples.

As early as 1850, the Land Law allowed the State to sell agrarian spaces at high costs – blacks could not buy.

Even after the abolition was enacted, blacks continued to be persecuted. In the Republic, blacks who were found on the street or who practiced capoeira could be arrested on the basis of the Lei dos Vadios e Capoeiras.

Speech can be seen from 33 minutes and 15 seconds.

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