Saturday, December 9, 2023

Lula will sign measures for racial equality in Brazil

Lula will sign such a package, with the collaboration of more than 10 ministries and federal agencies, at the Planalto Palace, headquarters of the Executive Branch in Brasilia.

The package includes titles for quilombola (Afro-Brazilian) territories, national programs, orders and inter-ministerial working groups.

Also cooperation agreements and other initiatives that guarantee or extend the right to life, land, inclusion, memory and healing.

Although November 20 is Black Consciousness Day across the country, the date is not a holiday in all states and cities.

Therefore, the operation of some services may vary depending on the location.

On November 20 of each year the death in 1665 of Zumbi de los Palmares is remembered, a slave who became the leader of the quilombo of Palmares with his companion Dandara.

The day also calls for actions to highlight the struggle of black people against racial discrimination and social inequality that still prevails in the South American giant.

In addition to evoking the liberating saga of Zumbi de los Palmares, the genocide of thousands of young blacks in the peripheries was criticized and the need for a political struggle against structural racism was emphasized.

Official statistics reveal that blacks in the country (54 percent of the population of about 213 million inhabitants) are minorities in professions, higher education, salaries, and other areas of life.

However, they are the majority in prisons, in unemployment, in poverty and in the percentage of homicide victims.

In addition, the killing of blacks by the police in the favelas, and most clearly in Rio de Janeiro, is done in communities like samba or soccer.

The probability of a black person being killed in Brazil is 2.6 times greater than that of a non-black person.

Of the 4,219 people killed by the police in eight states in 2022, 2,700 were black and of mixed race, representing 65.7 percent of the lives lost in Brazil, a study revealed.

According to data from the Network of Security Observatories of the Center for Security and Citizenship Studies, if only those with a declared color/race are considered, the proportion of dead blacks rises to 87.4 percent.

The investigation is based on statistics provided by law enforcement agencies in Rio, Sao Paulo, Bahia, Pernambuco and Ceará, Piauí, Maranhão and Pará. mem/ocs

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