Brazil Needs Affirmative Action for Blacks, Indians and Gypsies, Says Minister

Brazilian society has a cultural debt with blacks, Indians, and gypsies, and reparation requires the accumulation of joint efforts by society and federal, state, and municipal governments.

This evaluation was made by Brazilian Minister Matilde Ribeiro, head of the Special Secretariat of Policies to Promote Racial Equality (SEPPIR).

She participated on Tuesday, June 20, in the 6th Intergovernmental Forum to Promote Racial Equality. The purpose of the event was to discuss the implementation of policies designed to deal with this issue at the three levels of government.

"The action of the federal government is a component of the machinery," Ribeiro remarked. She went on to say that Brazil needs to "reconstitute" the order of government policies aimed at promoting racial equality.

In her view, caring for the area of racial promotion means reordering "the entire logic" of government policy in Brazil and realizing that universalistic policies "don’t resolve" issues directly related to discrimination and exclusion.

"Affirmative actions are necessary; therefore, the results we are obtaining now are the foundation for policy-making by future municipal, state, and federal governments."

Ribeiro believes that the activities effectuated by the federal government since creating the SEPPIR early in 2003 are consistent with the stage in which the country is putting together a policy for the area.

"We established a work dynamic among the ministries through the Brasil Quilombola Program, coordinated by the SEPPIR and the presidential staff office ("Casa Civil"). We designed work methods that correspond with this policy."

According to the minister, up to this point eight "quilombo" communities formed by descendants of runaway slaves have received deeds to their lands, and 2.5 thousand of these communities have been identified.

Agência Brasil

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  • Marcio

    Brazilian race problem
    Yes we do take advantage of everything, and im damn proud of it too!! I have lived in Canada the united states and England. I wouldn’t trade Brazil for any of these countries. If you where born in a poor family, then yes Brazil sucks ( you can be white black or anything else, you will be discriminated, but if your from a upper medium class, you have everything, nice car, high education, latest technology, top girls (very happy to be a European descendant!!)

  • Maya

    Brazilian race problem
    ^ i agree with the person above……however im of portuguse & spanish descent and im not trying to fake our problem at all….if people ask me if in brazil all races are equal, my answer is hell no it aint that way. 4get what u c in the pictures and videos. White peole here benefit from everything

  • Guest

    Brazil Denies Race Problem
    They still point to the US as the granddaddy of all racism but it isn’t absent from Brazil. Rich white Brazilians love to hit the bong pipe and brag about their perfect harmonious racial democracy and point the finger of condemnation at the States. Yes race relations are terrible here but they are terrible in Brazil too.

    Sure the races all get along in Brazil and they all mix freely. Since 90% of black Brazilian women are live in domestic workers it is easy for race mixing to occur. Then the mixed race bastards of these domestics are forced to run loose in the streets and forage for food.

    Stop bullsh-tting Brazil and admit that you have a serious racial problem just like in the States. When you can get your black population out of the favelas and making more than $100 per month then you can talk about deplorable relations in the States.

    It is easy for rich white Paulistas and cariocas to talk about positive racial relationships when they are not the ones living in the shanties of Brazil.

  • Guest

    Cut the crap.
    Racial equality is stupid. It is an imported idea from the US where there not ” racial equality”. The next Katrina will show that to the world again.
    The black man of today has nothing to do with that one of 150 years ago.
    Only slicks would think about SE. Going into the university is not a matter of SE.
    Brazil has 186 million different skin colors. What is SE good for in this case?
    Let the whitter Americans babble about it to no avail.
    Go live in a white condo and see what happens.

    US FOOTBALLTEAM: GO HOME.

  • Guest

    OHHH YESSS !!!!!!
    Same promises….for the last 100 years !

    And what has been done ???? : ALMOST NOTHING.
    IN SHORT : the brazilian way …..as usual !

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