The Deputy Paulo Teixeira, of the Workers Party (PT), requested the reopening of the Bill 3056/08, by former Congressman Angelo Vanhoni, of the same party. The project aims to create territories for descendants of immigrants and preserve their racial and ethnic identity.
In practice, if approved, it would be applied to communities of descendants of white immigrants who came from Europe during the whitening policy promoted by Brazilian governments during the 19th and 20th centuries.
The project was shelved on last January and had its reopening refused onFebruary by the Officers of the House of Representatives.
The text of the bill affirrns the territories have among its principles, “the preservation of cultural rights, the exercise of community practices, cultural memory and the racial and ethnic identity.”
The demonstration of the Brazilian Mestizo culture within the national territory also would be restricted and subject to approval of a report of socio-cultural impact.
The “white territories” project received support from neo-Nazi and white supremacist groups.
The Nação Mestiça campaigned against the approbation of the bill.
Policy of promoting racial and ethnic segregation were adopt by Verwoerdism, the ideology of South African apartheid, which created racial and ethnic territories in order to prevent mestization.
Also claiming to be preserving cultural diversity, in Brazil the Federal Government, ruled by Workers’ Party, has implemented exclusive territories for Indians, with ethnic cleansing against Mestizos, whites and other non-Indians.