LULA’s Brazilian Government discriminates Multiracials


The Special Secretariat of Policies for the Promotion of Racial Equality – SEPPIR is the office of the President Luís Inácio LULA da Silva government that deals with racial and ethnic matters in Brazil. The SEPPIR has promoted conferences in cities and states. The conferences must elect one thousand delegates for the 1st National Conference for Racial Equality Promotion (June 30th – July 2nd). The Brazilian government defends that Multiracials (‘Mestiços’, or ‘Pardos’, mixed people that forms more than 38 percent of the Brazilian population) can not represent their selves. For LULA’s government Multiracials are Blacks and they must be represented by Black movement members. Multiracials organizations are denouncing this politics. They defend their proper identity and call that many Multiracials don’t have Black ancestors, as in the North of Brazil where the majority of the population is composed by Multiracials of Native Brazilian and White ascendance. The Multiracials representatives denounce discrimination acts like their systematic exclusion of the organization of the town and state conferences and of the debate boards, and the use of police force to intimidate ‘Pardos’ (Browns) representatives. They denounce yet the weak control of the credentials and resultant facility to frauds. In the opening ceremony of the State Conference, in Manaus, Amazonas, on 04/27, the Minister Matilde Ribeiro, linked to Black Brazilian movement, looked out the protest of the Multiracials manifestants that claim “We exist!” The Minister reply that desire dialogue with the Multiracial movement, but do not established any date. The President LULA’s government is promoting a politics against the recognition of the interracial fusions and is denying the miscegenation importance in the Brazilian people formation. The representation of the Brazilian Caritas [Cáritas Brasileira], in Manaus, strangely is supporting this distortion that mistakenly interprets the ethno-racial concept of the racial fusion between ‘mamelucos’ or ‘cabocos’ (Native + White), ‘cafuzos’ (Native + Black) and others mixed people formations, a leading reality in Brazil, specially in North of the country, where the population is noticeably formed by Multiracials.


Police against Multiracials in Brazil


Policemen were called to intimidate Multiracial movement representatives in the meeting for installation of the State Forum "Education and Ethinic-Racial Diversity" (Fórum Estadual "Educação e Diversidade Étnico-Racial"), occured in Manaus, State of Amazonas, in Brazil, on August 15-17th, 2005, in the State University of the Amazonas (UEA - Universidade do Estado do Amazonas). The Multiracial movement representatives was not invited for the meeting that is sponsored by the Ministry of the Education (Ministério da Educação) of the Lula's government and by SEDUC - Education and Culture State Secretariat (Secretaria de Estado de Educação e Cultura); they discover the meeting by chance when a member of the movement went to local for another purpose. In a documment entitled "Amazon Letter" ("Carta do Amazonas"), passed without the approval of the assembly, the words "Multiracial" and "Caboclo" (a Multiracial of Native and White ascendance, the majority of the local population) was excluded under protest of the Multiracial movement. Was not the first time that policemen are called to repress Multiracials in meetings that treats the Lula's policy for racial and ethnics matters.


NGOs denounce Lula’s government for discrimination against Multiracials

April 5, 2006

Manaus, Amazonas, BrazilSeveral non-governmental organizations lodged a denunciation with  the Federal Public Prosecution Service on April 5, 2006,  against the Lula government. They charged the federal government  with practice of racial discrimination against the Multiracial (mestiço, in Portuguese) population and requested the Federal Public Prosecution Service to investigate  the Special Secretariat for the Promotion of Racial Equality (SEPPIR) in order  find out why the Multiracial movement was not guaranteed participation in the regional and in the national meetings of the Intergovernmental Forum for the Promotion of Racial Equality (FIPIR).

They also asked the Federal Public Prosecution Service to find out why the Preparatory Meeting of the North Region took place in Brasilia, on March 31, not in a state of the North. The North Region was given a discriminatory treatment in relation to the other regions of the country: the other preparatory meetings took place in the other regions themselves.  The NGOs also asked the Federal Public Prosecution Service to inquire why  the State of Amazonas, the only one which sent a Multiracial delegation to the 1st National Conference for the Promotion of Racial Equality  (held in 2005) and the only State which recognizes the Multiracial identity in Brazil (it was officially recognized on March 21, 2005) , is one of the three States where the  Intergovernmental Forum for the Promotion of Racial Equality (FIPIR) has not been implemented.

Among other things, the NGOs  requested the Federal Public Prosecution Service to find out why the National Council for the Promotion of Racial Equality (CNPIR) has not yet answered to the petition,  addressed by the Multiracial movement to the CNPIR in 2005,  for a seat  on the council. Finally, they  denounced the absence of public policies for the Multiracial population during the announcement of the National Plan for the  Promotion of Racial Equality, which includes  the Black, Indigenous,  Gypsy, Jewish,  Arab, and  Palestinian populations.

The Multiracial representative (left, in yelow) faces the Minister Matilde Ribeiro (center), linked to Black Brazilian movement (center). For Brazilian government, Multiracials are Blacks and there is not a Multiracial identity. 


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