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Friday, April 23, 2010

On Misplaced Racism

We’ve been reminded yet again that blacks in Brazil have their work cut out for them and that they still have a tough row to hoe when it comes to human rights.

A Black man as president of the most powerful country in the world is no guarantee that those born with an excess (?) of melanin will all of a sudden be walking streets paved with gold. No, Siree, they won’t.

Not because they don’t want to. Because some people don’t want them to. Especially some youngsters with nothing better to do and who call themselves skinheads (neo-nazis?) have taken to attacking “people of color” for no apparent reason other than their being Black. Such phenomenon is prevalent in the greater São Paulo area.

Neo-nazis, you say? Skinheads? In Brazil? At least they think they are. Not on hitlerian terms, though. Or is it? We now know that genetics has completely debunked Hitler’s claims of racial purity by saying that we are all the same underneath.

Could this be a case of bad imports such as those we are subjected to through the Cultural Industry? Can we not discern anymore?

Something does not add up here. If you wanted to be a skinhead or whatever, should you not be born of racial stock originating in northern Europe? Surely we could go on writing about economic instead of racial reasons for the whole affair, but still...

You be the judge.

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