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They want to finish the caboclos – Leão Alves

The secretary Grace Prola announced the creation of a Racial Equality Management in SEJUSC, the Secretary of State for Justice, Human Rights and Citizenship. It aims to implement the racial policy of the Federal Government in the state of Amazonas. It turns out that the PT racial policy requires mestizos “come” black. As usual, the SEJUSC not informed nor invited the mestizo movement and mestizo. With management “the government of Amazonas has concretely proposed to meet the blackness of the wishes of the State,” the secretary.
Management also seeks the establishment of a council and a State Statute of Racial Equality. The draft bill that aims to establish the council, already sent to the Civil House, only refers to “Blacks and Indians.”
The Amazon is the largest state in Brazil, with a territory the size of Mongolia, about 98% covered with forests crossed by thousands of rivers and tributaries.
According to the 2010 Census, 68.9% of its population of just under 4 million people self-declares brown, the second highest percentage in the country, just below its neighbor, the state of Pará. Pardo is the term used in censuses Brazilians refer to mestizos, that the Amazon in their absolute majority are mestizos. Caboclos appeared half a millennium ago, generated by the Indians and European conquerors.
There were mestizos throughout the Amazon, but due to ethnic and racial segregation policy implemented in the country, although native mestizos were ethnically cleansed in more than one-third of the state for the creation of indigenous homelands – and continue to be expelled.
Another manifestation of this policy is Desmestiçagem in specific official data on grizzly, which are becoming increasingly hard to find due to the decision of the Federal Government to add blacks and browns in your documents on demographics of race and color. The lack of specific data on grizzly difficult to know the social and economic reality of the mixed people and have policies aimed at correcting them, which provides waste in the use of public funds.
Although the Caboclo is sung and praised in verse, prose and advertising in the Amazon in terms of legal protection until 2006 there was nothing, absolutely nothing in state law aimed at the mixed people. That year, the nation Mixed, the organization created by shifting cultivators and other mestizos to defend their rights and interests as a people, won approval of a municipal law in Manaus and a state law recognizing the mestizo as ethnicity and establishing mixed race day, on June 27.
The following year, along with the Association of Caboclos and bordering the Amazon (ACRA), also won laws that created the Day of Caboclo, June 24, in the state and in Manaus.
The Mestizo’s Day also became official date and holiday in Autazes and Careiro Lowland, municipalities where the mestizo people live under threat and brutality of the Indian policy of petismo.
In 2013, through an amendment, the first time the mixed people and mestizo was entered in the State of Amazonas Constitution.
As a rule, the parliamentary reception was positive both in the Amazonas State Legislature and in the municipal councils, with isolated opposition, notably the Party’s parliamentary dos Trabalhadores (PT).
Nevertheless, SEJUSC – and its predecessor, the SEJUS – has acted as if the caboclo and the legislation does not exist. There is no single agenda secretariat focused on the mestizo people and mestizo and no expression of interest by the secretariat subject. Any information or action by the Secretariat must be obtained at the initiative of shifting cultivators. Blacks and Indians are on the agenda of SEJUSC not mestizos.
Worse, the department responsible for justice and human rights not only has not supported the caboclo with has worked effectively for their exclusion and erasure.
In 2009, SEJUS reached disqualify all mestizos delegates of the state conference of Racial Equality. Military police were well lined up alongside mestizos delegates within the same auditorium where the conference was held. Even a wagon car was parked in front of the building where it was held the event. At the opening, the then acting minister of the Secretariat of Policies to Promote Racial Equality (SEPPIR), Eloi Ferreira, on the complaint of many of those present because in his speech only to refer to blacks and mestizos and mestizos not name, said driving themselves to a gift lady:
“Mate, Caboclo is not a race. Caboclo is a regionalized definition of a sociological understanding … “
True, Caboclo is not a race, Caboclo is mestizo, exactly what the petismo tries to eliminate. Racial Equality, to this ideology, is for those with race, is not for mestizos. The petismo like racial purity, does not like miscegenation. For PT ideology, miscegenation should be prevented and promoted the diversity of race and ethnicity. Follows the ideology of communist anthropologist Levi-Strauss for which miscegenation lead to degradation.
There is no conspiracy theory about it, the legislation and other documents that petismo created abound, but much of the media does not touch the subject, prefer to restrict the racism allegations to particular cases, giving the misleading impression of being repressed in Brazil, when in fact it is advancing more than ever in their own state structure.
In 2012, the program “Good morning, Minister”, questioned the SINAPIR, the National System for the Promotion of Racial Equality, would contemplate the caboclos and bordering the Amazon, the then Minister Luiza Bairros responded to whom asked him:
“Look, the focus of the work of SEPPIR, though it may consider other groups, the focus is the black population. And in Brazil, as you know, it is black person who so declares. So, riparian and shifting cultivators, if we consider and declare themselves as black, may of course be benefited by policies that SEPPIR articulates within the government. “
Not a single protest demonstration in Congress against this statement by any parliamentarian. Not appeared in major news programs, there was no request for clarification, there was not an initiative of the prosecution. A public administrator require shifting cultivators have to “turn” black to serve them was accepted with frightening ease, indicating the power that Desmestiçagem won in Brazil after years of preaching decided in favor of racial and ethnic fragmentation of the country.
The Racial Equality conference following in 2013, again the SEJUS acted against the caboclos, acting as if there were legislation to guarantee the mestizo representation in reasonable and balanced proportion to other participating groups, such as blacks and Indians.
Intolerance and hatred of the mestizo expressed in such a way that the President of the Nation Mixed became assaulted by supporters of the PT politics when commenting on the exclusion of all proposals made reference to mestizos and mestizos of the final text of the conference.
The elimination of the mestizo and Caboclo includes the deletion of official documents, clouding its existence and discrimination.
There is no difficulty to prove it. Just go to any Racial Equality conference the Federal Government. If you can get, you can check the reception given to grizzly trying to register as mestizos and not as black. If allowed, try to make some proposal aimed at mestizos and mestizos. Then just wait. We suggest not lose sight of the exit door.
Leo Alves is a doctor and former president of the Brown-Mestizo Brazilian Movement – Mixed Nation.

The secretary Graça Prola announced the creation of a Racial Equality Management in SEJUSC, the State Secretariat for Justice, Human Rights and Citizenship. It aims to implement the racial policy of the Federal Government in the State of Amazonas. Occurs that the Workers’ Party (PT) racial policy requires Mestizos “turn into” Negros. As usual, the SEJUSC not informed nor invited the Mestizo and ‘caboclo’ movement. With management “the government of Amazonas has concretely proposed to meet the wishes of the Negroness of the State,” the secretary informed.

The Management also seeks the establishment of a council and a State Statute of Racial Equality. The draft bill that aims to establish the council, already sent to the Civil House, only refers to “Blacks and Indians.”

The Amazonas is the largest State in Brazil, with a territory the size of Mongolia, about 98% covered with forests crossed by thousands of rivers and tributaries.

According to the 2010 Census, 68.9% of its population of just under 4 million people self-declares ‘pardo’, the second highest percentage in the country, just below its neighbor, the State of Pará. ‘Pardo’ is the term used in Brazilian censuses to refer to Mestizos, that in the Amazonas in their absolute majority are ‘caboclos’. ‘Caboclos’ appeared half a millennium ago, generated by the Indians and European conquerors.

There were ‘caboclos’ throughout all the Amazon rainforest, but due to ethnic and racial segregation policy implemented in the country, although native the Mestizos were ethnically cleansed in more than one-third of the State for the creation of indigenist Bantustans – and continue to be expelled.

Another manifestation of this Desmestization policy is  in specific official data on ‘pardos’, which are becoming increasingly hard to find due to the decision of the Federal Government to add Blacks and ‘pardos’ in its documents on demographics of race and color. The lack of specific data on ‘pardos’ difficult to know the social and economic reality of the Mestizo people and have policies aimed at correcting them, which provides waste in the use of public funds.

Although the ‘caboclo’ is sung and praised in verse, prose and advertising in the Amazonas, in terms of legal protection until 2006 there was nothing, absolutely nothing in State law aimed at the Mestizo people. That year, the Nação Mestiça, the organization created by ‘caboclos’ and other Mestizos to defend their rights and interests as a people, won approval of a municipal law in Manaus and a State law recognizing the Mestizo as ethnicity and establishing the ‘Dia do Mestiço’ (Mestizo Day or Mixed Race Day), on June 27.

The following year, along with the Associação dos Caboclos e Ribeirinhos da Amazônia (ACRA), also won laws that created the Dia do Caboclo, June 24, in the State and in Manaus.

The Mestizo Day also became official date and holiday in Autazes and Careiro da Várzea, municipalities where the Mestizo people live under threat and brutality of the indigenista policy of the Workers’ Party.

On 2013, through an amendment, for the first time the Mestizo and ‘caboclo’ people was included in the State of Amazonas Constitution.

As a rule, the parliamentary reception was positive in the Legislative Assembly of State of Amazonas and in the municipal councils, with isolated opposition, notably some Workers’ Party’s parlamentarians.

Nevertheless, SEJUSC – and its predecessor, the SEJUS – has acted as if the ‘caboclo’ and the legislation does not exist. There is no single agenda of the secretariat focused on the Mestizo and ‘caboclo’ people and no expression of interest by the secretariat on the subject. Any information or action by the Secretariat must be obtained by the initiative of ‘caboclos’. Blacks and Indians are on the agenda of SEJUSC not Mestizos.

Worse, the department responsible for justice and human rights not only has not supported the ‘caboclo’, but has worked effectively for their exclusion and erasure.

In 2009, SEJUS reached disqualify all Mestizo delegates of the State conference of Racial Equality. Military police were well lined up alongside Mestizos delegates within the same auditorium where the conference was held. Even a wagon car was parked in front of the building where it was held the event. At the opening, the then interim minister of the Special Secretariat of Politics for the Promotion of Racial Equality (SEPPIR), Eloi Ferreira, on the complaint of many of those present because in his speech only to refer to Negros, but not refer Mestizos and ‘caboclos’, commented moving to a lady:

“Mate, ‘caboclo’ is not a race. ‘Caboclo’ is a regionalized definition of a sociological understanding … “

True, ‘caboclo’ is not a race, ‘caboclo’ is a Mestizo, exactly what the ‘petismo’, the Workers’ Party ideology, tries to eliminate. Racial Equality, to this ideology, is for those with race, is not for mestizos. The Workers’ Party ideology likes racial purity, does not like mestization. For PT ideology, mestization should be prevented and promoted the diversity of race and ethnicity. Follows the ideology of communist anthropologist Levi-Strauss for which mestization lead to degradation.

There is no conspiracy theory about it, the legislation and other documents that Workers’ Party created abound, but much of the media does not touch the subject, prefer to restrict the complaints of racism to particular cases, giving the misleading impression of it being repressed in Brazil, when in fact it is advancing more than ever in their own State structure.

On 2012, in the program “Good morning, Minister”, questioned if the SINAPIR, the National System for the Promotion of Racial Equality, would contemplate the ‘caboclos’ and riverine people of the Amazon, the then Minister Luiza Bairros responded to whom asked him:

“Look, the focus of the work of SEPPIR, though it may consider other groups, the focus is the Negro population. And in Brazil, as you know, Negro is the person who so declares. So, riverines and ‘caboclos’, if they consider and declare themselves as Negro, may of course be benefited by policies that SEPPIR articulates within the government. “

There was not a single protest demonstration in Congress against this statement by any parliamentarian. Not appeared in major news programs, there was no request for clarification, there was not an initiative of the Public Prosecutor Office. A public administrator require ‘caboclos’ have to “turn into” Negro to serve them was accepted with frightening ease, indicating the power that Desmestization got in Brazil after years of decided preaching in favor of racial and ethnic fragmentation of the country.

In the following Racial Equality conference, on 2013, again the SEJUS acted against the ‘caboclos’, acting as if there were not legislation to guarantee the Mestizo representation in reasonable and balanced proportion to other participating groups, such as Negros and Indians.

Intolerance and hatred against ‘caboclos’ expressed in such a way that the President of the Nação Mestiça was assaulted by supporters of the PT politicies when commenting on the exclusion of all proposals made reference to Mestizos and ‘caboclos’ out the final text of the conference.

The elimination of the Mestizo and ‘caboclos’ includes the deletion in official documents, clouding its existence and discrimination.

There is no difficulty to prove it. Just go to any Racial Equality conference of the Federal Government. If you can get into, you can check the reception given to ‘pardos’ trying to register as Mestizos and not as Negro. If allowed, try to make some proposal aimed at Mestizos and ‘caboclos’. Then just wait. We suggest not lose sight of the exit door.

Leão Alves is former president of the Movimento Pardo-Mestiço Brasileiro – Nação Mestiça.

Translated from original article Querem acabar com os caboclos.

Posted in Artigos, Leão Alves, Português.


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