Updated: Feb 10
Outside a Carrefour supermarket in the Southern capital city of Porto Allegre on the eve of Black Consciousness Day, an annual commemoration every November 20th, an Afro- Brazilian man was beaten to death by two private security guards. In respect to the very unfortunate incident, the management of Carrefour supermarket decided it would henceforth end its contract with the contracted security firm, then fire the employees and temporarily close the sales store.
Joao Alberto Silveira Frietas’ death ignited nation-wide protests and a course to re-examine the highhandedness of racism in Brazil, which was a way to make mention of the aftermath caused by this inglorious outgrowth.
What exactly happened on November 20th, 2020?
Alberto Freitas was shopping with his wife before a disagreement ensued with a store employee of the aforementioned sales store. To deal with the disagreement against Alberto, the sales employee beckoned for the security guards at reach. Quickly, they came dragging Alberto out, away and into the parking lot, roughly pummeling him, until he was out of breath. He died in the heaviness of their unreserved blows and kicks.
The two security guards were white. As a result of the difference in skin color, this particular occurrence caused prolonged strike actions – including protests, international dissatisfaction and grieved reactions.
Simply because the protests have become nation-wide and Freitas’ death would henceforth be regarded by history, I, as a sociologist, chose to overview the structural framework of racism peculiar to Brazil, a sovereign state in the continent of South America.
Structure and Racism in Brazil
Looking into what is almost a systemic, daily occurrences of racism in Brazil, the pressing discrimination on Black Brazilians is a social misbehavior that has spanned across history as legible events, denting the pages of human or social interaction in Brazil.
To discuss the peak of unfair treatments melted upon Black Brazilians, it is to make mention of police brutality directed at Black Brazilians which is the most provoking in this age. Sadly, there are numerous cases depicting homicide and the mother of it all, racism. But, especially important are the incidents against Black dominated residences, communities and groups.
According to the data published by the Institute of Public Security (ISP) in 2019, 80.3% of the people killed by police in Rio de Janeiro of Brazil were Black or Brown. This factually explains how in-depth racism is in Brazil.
Looking beyond Brazil, racism is an ideology which categorizes and stratifies humans by race. But, in fact, racism is a wrong social theorem. In cases where it is perpetrated, like in George Floyd’s case, it only mounts after-effects – including civil actions.
No one should be made to feel suppressed because of ‘skin color or natural placement’ because by whatever means, racism bedevils humanity, hampering social existence and putting peace into gridlock.
Racists can’t be justified by their actions because all the inactions of a racist are always evidence of injustice.
Considering also the Republican National Convention hosted in the city of Cleveland in 2020, Iowa Representative Mr. Steve King debated that only whites made contributions to the emergence and maintenance of civilization without any person degrading such a racist pronouncement.
However when people persist to believe in this faulty style, just as Steve King did, the whole world would be a war zone of racism mistreatment, since no one wants to hear and be treated as an inferior.
Sociologists believe in fair treatment, dignity to life, respect to each state of nature. Henceforth no one and no group should be maltreated over the other.