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Brazilian Mestizos protest against racist bill of the Public Defender’s Office of Amazonas that wants to force browns to “become” Negros

The Brazilian Brown-Mestizo Movement and other entities held a demonstration this Tuesday (August, 3) at Parliament of State of Amazonas against a bill of the Public Defender’s Office of the State of Amazonas (Defensoria Pública do Estado do Amazonas – DPE/AM), which imposes the classification of Negros on browns.

The protesters asked Governor Wilson Lima to veto the racist, ethnocidal bill for going against the Constitution of the State of Amazonas and other state laws, such as Mestizo Day Law, which recognizes Mestizos as an ethnic group.

Under the guise of implementing affirmative action, the Defender’s Office embraces negrism, a racist ideology that argues that being of the Negro race is more important than being of mixed and, therefore, Mestizos should be forced to be classified as black, including mestizos who do not descend from blacks.

Race supremacy: Public Defender’s Office of the State of Amazonas wants Mestizo people “become” Negro people.

The State of Amazonas is one of the states in Brazil with the highest percentage of Mestizos – mostly caboclos, native Mestizos descending from of Amerindians and whites – and with one of the lowest percentages of blacks.

The Brazilian Brown-Mestizo Movement made available on its website the minutes of the public hearing  held by the Public Defender’s Office of the State of Amazonas – to which the Brazilian Brown-Mestizo Movement was not invited – which records the opposition of the Mestizo movement to classifying browns as Negros, as it has consequently, among others, eliminating the mestizos as an ethnic group and withdrawing their own representation, submitting the Mestizos to the representation of Negro movements.

The Bill nº 343/2021, which was approved in just 7 days by Parliament of State of Amazonas, was also rejected as racist and ethnocidal by the Municipal Human Rights Council of Manaus and by several institutions in the capital and in the interior of the state.

Posted in Português.

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