We need to conquer Brazil – News

We need to conquer Brazil – News
We need to conquer Brazil – News
We need to bring Brazil together – It’s not enough to have racial awareness in the month of November, it’s necessary to overflow it to every day of the year. Zumbi died, but his quilombo continued to exist. Brazil is also a Palmares that resists. We, raised in the universe of “once upon a time”, have the unfortunate habit of imagining that stories end with “and they lived happily ever after”, even when that happiness is far from corresponding to reality. . In a way, this also applies when we study important episodes or characters in our history.

On November 20, 1695, Zumbi, the highest leader of Quilombo dos Palmares, was assassinated. His death had long been desired by the colonial authorities of the captaincy of Pernambuco and Alagoas, by planters and by the owners of slaves in the region. A death that would become yet another asset to be commemorated by the expedition of bandeirante Domingos Jorge Velho, a man known for the violence used in the process of enslavement of different indigenous societies, in different locations in Brazil at the time. Thus, in this specific case, it was these men from the colonial elite who “lived happily ever after”, after they managed to kill one of the greatest enemies of the slave order.

Although Zumbi was an undisputed leader – whose epic trajectory needs to be exhaustively narrated by the most different means – he was no greater than the quilombo he led. Palmares did not end after Zumbi’s death, although the main huts that made it up were dismantled. It is essential to remember this, not only to bring the stories of those who maintained the resistance to the Quilombola, but also to understand that the “eternal happiness” of the colonial elite lasted only until page two.

Balm for those facing racism

Knowing that Palmares (smaller and modified) continued to (re)exist in the 18th century, and that it was not the only quilombo in our history, is almost a balm for those who face Brazilian racism on a daily basis. It is recognizing that the story goes on, with all its pains and delights.

This perception, which is so simple as to be banal, needs to be opened up in November, the month in which Brazil celebrates Black Consciousness Day – thanks to the historic action of the black movement. This is because, this month, we can observe a crossroads marked, on the one hand, by people and movements that insist on defending “human conscience”, diminishing and ridiculing Brazilian racism; and, on the other hand, a kind of racial micareta, in which white people of good will remember that racism exists and that it must be fought.

Stop and see.

Brazil is also a Palmares that resists

The name (very well) chosen for the November 20 holiday was Black Consciousness Day. It could be “holiday of Zumbi”, “holiday of Palmares”, but no: the date of the murder of Zumbi dos Palmares was chosen to celebrate knowledge and perceptions that confirm our existence in the world.

The word conscience has a number of meanings, many of them quite complex. However, it is interesting to think that concepts such as morality, experience, perception, honesty and discernment are used to define what conscience is. This means that the choice of the name given to the holiday brings with it something that should overflow and flood the rest of the year.

It is not enough to be racially aware in the month of November and imagine that, with that, it is possible to have “happily ever after”. This is one more of the assumptions that constitute the privilege of being white in Brazil: thinking that “once upon a time there was racism in Brazil” only in the weeks leading up to the 20th of November.

We need to spread black consciousness to every day of the year, to social transformation actions, to the elaboration of public policies, to the exercise of democracy. Zumbi died, but the quilombo continued to exist, albeit differently. In this way, Brazil is also a Palmares that resists. And, precisely for this reason, we need to take over Brazil.

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