Hate and Intolerance Find Support in Brazil's House of Representative

Hate and intolerance have a new stage: Brazil’s House of Representatives.  While the legislative body was created for reason and discourse, one of its elected officials has found ways to degrade the federal body by promoting racism and intolerance.  Rio de Janeiro’s congressman Jair Bolsonaro is flagrantly using the legislative chamber to make racist comments against blacks and LGBT citizens, and to disseminate militaristic ideals.

During an interview with a national humoristic program, Mr. Bolsonaro was asked how he would feel if he found his son dating a black woman. He took this as an opportunity to make racist comments and indicated that he would “never allow this kind of promiscuity” (youtube video in Portuguese).  While this interview was widely publicized and has led to a huge debate about racism in Brazil’s society, it is a shame that an elected official would even dare to speak this way of any civil group or minority.   As if that weren’t enough, Mr. Bolsonaro has also expressed his support for military regimes over democratic governments.

It is absurd that an elected official would dare to utter such words.  A person that believes that the military regime is better than democracy and who thinks that minorities aren’t humans with equal rights, ought not to be called a legislator.  Mr. Bolsonaro is on his sixth consecutive term as Federal Representative for the State of Rio de Janeiro. It has been 21 years since he was first elected… What’s even worse is that he is not alone in his attitude and racist ideals.

Another Representative, this time from the State of Sao Paulo, Mr. Marco Feliciano, wrote in his Twitter account that “the filth in homoaffective feelings are conduits to hate, crime and rejection” and that “Africans descend from ancestors cursed by Noah.”

When elected official make comments such as the ones quoted in this article, racist and oppressive groups feel empowered and justified when attacking vulnerable groups.  Just last week, Sao Paulo’s police identified 200 members of skinhead gangs that attacked and in many cases killed members of the black and homosexual communities in the city.  According to a Brazilian gay group, 260 LGBT individuals were killed in Brazil in 2010, which represented 31% increase from 2009 and a 113% increase from 2005.

It is disturbing to know that those who are in charge of approving laws to protect society are the same people responsible for spreading hate and intolerance. We will only be able to reduce the number of hate crimes in Brazil when the country’s citizens demand that the rights of everyone, including the country’s minorities, are respected and protected.  It is imperative that the legislative system focuses on the creation of  laws designed to fight racism and hate crimes. Brazilians deserve better, much better.

 

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12 thoughts on “Hate and Intolerance Find Support in Brazil's House of Representative

  1. why is anyone shocked about this mans statements? repressive government, hatred, racism and bigotry go hand in hand. nothing new.

  2. why is anyone shocked about this mans statements? repressive government, hatred, racism and bigotry go hand in hand. nothing new.

  3. I agree with everything that was said in this article but I would like you and all the other readers to know that my country is not watching all this non-sense happen without reacting. Jair Bonsonaro is being heavily scrutinised in ALL local and national newspapers and a group of our (honest) congressmen led by Domingos Dutra (Vice-president of the Brazilian Human Rights committee) has already sent a formal request to the President of the Congress and its board of directors demanding exemplary punishment to Bolsonaro, which might include him losing his 4 year mandate as a Federal Representative of Rio de Janeiro.

    Source link (in Portuguese): http://www.blogdoandremartins.com.br/politica/dut

  4. I agree with everything that was said in this article but I would like you and all the other readers to know that my country is not watching all this non-sense happen without reacting. Jair Bonsonaro is being heavily scrutinised in ALL local and national newspapers and a group of our (honest) congressmen led by Domingos Dutra (Vice-president of the Brazilian Human Rights committee) has already sent a formal request to the President of the Congress and its board of directors demanding exemplary punishment to Bolsonaro, which might include him losing his 4 year mandate as a Federal Representative of Rio de Janeiro.

    Source link (in Portuguese): http://www.blogdoandremartins.com.br/politica/dut

  5. I agree with everything that was said in this article but I would like you and all the other readers to know that my country is not watching all this non-sense happen without reacting. Jair Bonsonaro is being heavily scrutinised in ALL local and national newspapers and a group of our (honest) congressmen led by Domingos Dutra (Vice-president of the Brazilian Human Rights committee) has already sent a formal request to the President of the Congress and its board of directors demanding exemplary punishment to Bolsonaro, which might include him losing his 4 year mandate as a Federal Representative of Rio de Janeiro.

    Source link (in Portuguese): http://www.blogdoandremartins.com.br/politica/dut

  6. I agree with everything that was said in this article but I would like you and all the other readers to know that my country is not watching all this non-sense happen without reacting. Jair Bonsonaro is being heavily scrutinised in ALL local and national newspapers and a group of our (honest) congressmen led by Domingos Dutra (Vice-president of the Brazilian Human Rights committee) has already sent a formal request to the President of the Congress and its board of directors demanding exemplary punishment to Bolsonaro, which might include him losing his 4 year mandate as a Federal Representative of Rio de Janeiro.

    Source link (in Portuguese): http://www.blogdoandremartins.com.br/politica/dutra-quer-punicao-a-bolsonaro/

  7. I can't believe that some people say "why are you so surprised"?? The fact is that we can't find it normal…. if you find it normal it becomes normal! It's this type of mentality that accepts their democracy to be rulled by corporations and so much of their money to go to war… Anyways, thank you Nicole for making it clear that Brazilians won't let it happen without saying anything! Brazilians have shown themselves to be strong and to take part in the democracy several times!! We will do whatever we can to achieve justice!

  8. I can’t believe that some people say “why are you so surprised”?? The fact is that we can’t find it normal…. if you find it normal it becomes normal! It’s this type of mentality that accepts their democracy to be rulled by corporations and so much of their money to go to war… Anyways, thank you Nicole for making it clear that Brazilians won’t let it happen without saying anything! Brazilians have shown themselves to be strong and to take part in the democracy several times!! We will do whatever we can to achieve justice!

  9. Although we've seen Brazil develop tremendously in the last couple of decades, it is clear that representatives such as Jair Bonsonaro are enemies of the nation's progress. It is precisely because of the ignorance and bigotry of people like him, that others find excuses to commit hate crimes and discriminate against minorities.
    Brazil is a country with huge diversity. Equality must be seen as an essential ingredient in the composition of this wonderful nation. As the author said, its people "deserve better, much better".

  10. Although we’ve seen Brazil develop tremendously in the last couple of decades, it is clear that representatives such as Jair Bonsonaro are enemies of the nation’s progress. It is precisely because of the ignorance and bigotry of people like him, that others find excuses to commit hate crimes and discriminate against minorities.
    Brazil is a country with huge diversity. Equality must be seen as an essential ingredient in the composition of this wonderful nation. As the author said, its people “deserve better, much better”.

  11. So that you all know, Mr. Marco Feliciano has just been declared the new president of Brazil's Human Rights Commission. That was his "punishment" for being a racist homophobic. Below is the link to the news (in Portuguese) from March 5, 2013.

  12. If you live in Brazil you will understand the people and the system better. Like the Legendry soccer Lord 'Pele' once quoted, said that in Brazil what they have is financial discrimination. If you are loaded in Brazil, nobody cares about your creed,color or raze,this i could agree to a point having lived in the country for close to 2 decades. One big problem in the country is the emergence of the pentecostal churches who dont see anything good in anything other person are doing and this where Brazilian Authority and the entire people should actually focused their concern.