In a vile and degrading way, the white councilor Camillus Cristófaro (PSB-SP), a representative of the people of São Paulo, in a session of the city council, stated to an interlocutor that the fact that a sidewalk was poorly tidied and not washed was a “black thing”. The expression clearly racist caused immediate and resounding negative repercussions, and, as is notorious when racial criminals are caught with their hand in the bottle, he publicly apologized, saying he recognized that he was “wrong”.
One of the structuring characteristics of racism is to base its justification on the conviction that there is a natural distinction between blacks and whites, where whites are bearers of virtues and blacks of all negativities, vices, stains and imperfections. Virtue and whiteness become an expression of humanity in its perfection, purity and goodness and everything else is the result of brutality, stupidity and stupidity typical of animals.
This white artificial universe of comfort and convenience builds the dichotomy that separates black from white and the relativization that grounds and determines its permanent construction, defense and maintenance. White is the expression of virtue and, thus, the superior that needs to be preserved, worshiped and celebrated as an expression of humanity, and the black, on the other hand, the one lacking humanity, and who, for that very reason, can, must and it needs to be demeaned, vilified and despised as an expression of the animality it carries.
Along with acts, gestures and attitudes, the manifestation of thought has been a powerful and vigorous weapon in the externalization, practice and dissemination of racial hatred and intolerance. Coisa de preto, therefore, is the most definitive expression with which convinced or involuntary racists have externalized (directly or in faulty acts) the turpitude, indignity and villainy of racism against blacks.
Racism is cruel. It offends, attacks and violates the dignity, honor and humanity of the individual, sows discord, encourages conflict and limits the equal exercise of rights; in addition to belittling, despising and affronting citizenship. Precisely because of this gravity, racism must be strictly punished. Social repudiation can even embarrass and silence racists, but racism is a heinous crime, and with crime and racial criminals there can be no concession.
In the case of journalist William Waack, who related disorder, fuss and mess to black people, the direction of Rede Globo had courage, greatness and no pity or compassion: summary dismissal. In the episode of councilor Camilo Cristófaro, what will Milton Leite, the black president of the Chamber of Councilors, and his peers do, in the face of the proven crime?
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