One of the first times that the agenda racial equality You entered my life through my father, Osvaldo. He arrived in São Paulo at the age of 14, without shoes on his feet, and had many dreams. He used to tell the story of a time when he felt the need to belong without a family and without hope. Join a religious congregation and go door to door “preaching the word,” always accompanied by a leader.
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After knocking on several doors and constantly being rejected, finally a A black woman opened the door. She seemed excited to receive the word of the gospel and, in a friendly voice, called the group inside. But the “commander” looked at my father and said, “Let’s go.”
His justification for declining the invitation was that that black woman did not deserve “the word”. Your color was not in the requested profile. The discontent My dad was the type who ended up completely changing the course of his life. Hence the direction of my family. I was raised without any religious orientation because, for my parents, if religion was not for everyone, there would be no sense in supporting the antithesis of a sense of community.
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I bring this story because, in addition to the very important date we remember today, abolition of slavery, a few days ago I watched a movie that had a profound effect on me, in the same way that this situation affected my father. The necessary “interim measure”, directed by Lazaro Ramos, depicts a dystopian reality, in which the Brazilian government agrees to a decree obligating black citizens to immigrate to Africa.
Obviously, I don’t intend to criticize it, but rather to bring up a shot at two key black women not just in plot, but in directions for how this project was developed. I refer to the retired teacher Diva Guimarães is the translator of Elenita and the acclaimed artist, Taís Araujo, who plays Capito.
From the beginning of the project, Lázaro Ramos had the idea of bringing in new, multiple voices to tell the story of black people with the creative potential that comes from the characters themselves. As the director points out, Medida Provisoria is the Brazilian film with most blacks in front and behind the camera.
Talking about Dona Diva will already be the topic of a separate column. The granddaughter of slaves became known nationally after participating in the FLIP (Paraty International Literary Fair), in 2017. From the audience, as he was watching the Lazaro Ramos show, he took the microphone and spoke a little about his show. History sufferedNot only the actor and director, but everyone present. If you haven’t seen this scene yet, I highly recommend watching the video after reading this text. From that meeting, a friendship arose with the director, which led her to a very special participation in the “Medida Provisoria”.
Donna Diva confirms it Education changed his life. Had it not been for her studies, she said, she probably wouldn’t have survived. Therefore, whenever possible, the former teacher assures: “If you want to win, you will have to study.” Or, as he defined in his post on FLIP, “Prejudice and racism kill. Education saves.”
While women need to prove their worth all the time, with black women The load is much heavier. So writer and philosopher Jamila Ribeiro says, “We were not created to be happy. It seems you always have to be sad, and you can’t celebrate. When we succeed, in the midst of so much oppression, so much compulsion, to be happy, that is very revolutionary. Because people don’t wait. And we think we don’t deserve this place.”
The speeches of Donna Diva and Jamila, as well as many other black voices, leave us a reflection. in Brazil, Who tells the story of slavery? In “Medida Provisória,” the character of Taís Araújo claims: “Brazil is mine too.” The phrase supporting the actress’s speech in “Amor de Mãe”, a TV series in which she plays a successful lawyer: “The history of Brazil that we study in books, did I tell him who?”
In real life, Tess Araujo, in addition to being the main supporter of her husband in directing the film, sums up the post-credits feeling a bit: “When the film ends, the feeling is so much hope and strength. There is a way This country is oursAnd we’ll get it for us.”
Because of the position I hold, and as an A movement ally, I feel it is my duty to shed light on an issue like this. Although I do not have the experience of the pain that black women in our country experience. Supporting initiatives such as Cotas Sim, which combats structural racism in the university environment and public tenders, is just one of the actions to be able to change this reality.
Change will only be possible if everyone is aware and attentive. I believe it is possible.
To wrap up this month’s conversation, I’m highlighting another powerful black voice, that of activist Angela Davis: “When a black woman moves, the whole structure of society moves with her.”. Therefore, train, hire and receive black women (pay attention to equal pay). Invite them to talks, talks and workshops (listen to their stories). Consume your books, music, movies, and content. We need to commend and give true insight into the potential of the many black women across Brazil.
Related data: Almost half of Brazilian households are supported by women, with women working an average of 7.5 hours more per week than men (Ipea/2021).
Finally: 1% of white men in our country earn more than all black women, who make up 28% of Brazil’s population (Made/USP).