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Brazilian National Secretariat for Racial Equality says that it takes care of Negros, but not Mestizos

The Brazilian National Secretary for Racial Equality, Juvenal Araújo Júnior, and Senator Aécio Neves (PSDB).

The National Secretariat of Policies for the Promotion of Racial Equality (SEPPIR) stated in a letter to the Nação Mestiça that it has no direct assignment to the Mestizo People. The body has policies for Blacks, Amerindians, Gypsies, Arabs, Jews and LGBTs.

The Special Secretary, Juvenal Araújo Júnior, who heads an SEPPIR, signs a letter dated August 31, which states that “there is no direct attribution of the National Secretariat of Policies for the Promotion of Racial Equality for the Mestizo People.” SEPPIR is present at the Ministry of Human Rights.

The secretary, who is also president of Tucanafro Nacional and Tucanafro de Minas Gerais, the Negro movement’s body of the PSDB (Brazilian Social Democracy Party), also denied in the letter a support for the bill that aims to institute the National Day of the Mestizo People.

The SEPPIR letter “responds” to the letter delivered by the Movimento Pardo-Mestiço Brasileiro (Nação Mestiça) to the then Minister of Justice, Osmar Serraglio, containing several demands for the Mestizo People.

On 2012, the then SEPPIR chief minister, Luiza Bairros, no “Bom Dia, Ministro” program stated that Mestizos would only benefit the secretariat if they declared themselves Negros (video).

Posted in Português.


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