While Brazilians Represent 3% of the World Population, They Commit 10% of the Murders

In just three weeks in 2015, Brazil had more homicides than all of the deaths in terror attacks recorded worldwide in 2017. The data is part of a report released Monday titled “Violence Atlas.”

According to the report, Brazil was responsible for 10 percent of all murders in the world in 2015. Young Black males accounted for a majority of those deaths.

With the number of fatalities surpassing 59,000 that year alone, the homicide rate in the country reached an exorbitant 29 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants.

Daniel Cerqueira, a researcher at Brazil’s Institute of Applied Economic Research, pointed out that for every 100 victims, 71 are Black.

“Why doesn’t Brazilian society become more conscious, why doesn’t the Brazilian state become more aware and allocate more resources, like other countries do, to address the terror?” he asked.

In the same breath, he responded, “We live in a very unequal society, one that still harbors a racist history and the people who die are young and black.” He added that most victims have received poor education and are residents of periphery neighborhoods in “large urban centers.”

Cerqueira concluded that this combination of factors breed deadly results for the black community. “There’s a true license to kill in Brazil as long as, obviously, it doesn’t occur in the noble streets of the cities.”

Meanwhile, Samira Bueno, president of the Public Security Forum, noted that it’s possible to change this scenario with proper public planning.

“As much as we’re facing a financial crisis, this does not depend only on resources, it involves coordination, which can begin today. And if the tragedy of 60,000 people murdered every year in Brazil is not prioritized, it ends up having an economic impact on the development of the country,” she said.

Violence Atlas shows that Black female victims face a 22 percent increase in mortality while other races present a 7 percent reduction.

On March 30, Eduarda Maria, a 13-year-old student athlete who attended the Daniel Piza Municipal School in Rio de Janeiro, was fatally shot by police. A video of the police raid also showed the moment two military police shot two men who were already injured and lying on the ground.

The report also demonstrates that some Brazilian states present a significant increase in the deaths of black people. Alagoas, for example, has a black homicide rate 11 times higher than any other ethnic group.

teleSUR

Tags:

Ads

You May Also Like

Commodities on the move on the completed southern section of the BR-163 Highway - Roosevelt Pinheiro / Agência Brasil

For the Military, the Brazilian Indian Is a Savage and an Obstacle to Progress

The media portrayal of Brazil’s annual fire season — which in 2020 is trending ...

Forest Guardian Paulo Guajajara watches a loggers shack burn - Thomson Reuters Foundation/Max Baring

One Year After Guardian of the Forest’s Murder Nothing Has Changed in the Brazilian Amazon

Illegal loggers are operating unchecked in Brazil’s Amazon as coronavirus rages despite government vows ...

Raoni, a 90-year-old chief of the Kayapo people known for traveling the world to raise awareness of threats to the Amazon, also slashed Bolsonaro's words

Legendary Amazon Chief Raoni Calls Brazil President a Liar for Blaming Indians for Wildfires

Brazil’s Chief Raoni Metuktire, one of the most iconic defenders of the Amazon, condemned ...

Cult at Igreja Universal in São Paulo

How Gospel News Is Increasingly Shaping What Millions of Brazilians Think and Do

The new Brazilian government of Jair Bolsonaro has shocked the liberal world with its ...

The Alvorada Palace and its garden - Ichiro Guerra/PR

Priest Couldn’t Get Rid of Evil Spirit. So Brazil’s President Moved Out of His Palace

In an interview to weekly news magazine Veja, Brazilian President, Michel Temer, confided what ...

King Harald V of Norway with an indigenous group in Brazil. Photo courtesy of Rainforest Foundation Norway

World’s Religious Leaders Get Together in Norway to Rescue the Rainforest

Religious leaders from around the world are meeting for the first time with conservationists ...