[News] It's a 'Genocide Project': New Study Reveals Shocking Statistics On Black People Murdered In Brazil
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It's a 'Genocide Project': New Study Reveals Shocking Statistics On
Black People Murdered In Brazil
Tanasia Kenney - June 9, 2017 <http://atlantablackstar.com/author/tanasia/>
The killings of African descendants in Brazil has gotten so bad that a
researcher has dubbed the South American nation a “genocide project” of
A recent study by the Institute for Applied Economic Research and the
Brazilian Forum of Public Safety, released Monday, June 5, found that
Afro-Brazilians are 23.5 percent more likely to be killed than any other
ethnic group in the country. Researchers’ appropriately titled “2017
Violence Atlas” also revealed that for every 100 murders in Brazil, 71
are of Black Brazilians.
“It’s not by chance that most people who die are Black, [and] that the
majority of those incarcerated are Black people,” said lawyer,
researcher and actress Dina Alves, who studies race, gender and class in
Brazil. “It’s the state that kills when police kill.”
Alves, an outspoken supporter of the rights of Afro-Brazilians, said the
staggering numbers are proof that Brazil is virtually exterminating its
Black population. In a sit-down interview with Black Women of Brazil
discussed how simply being Black is often viewed as a crime in Brazil’s
criminal law system.
“For us, Black women and men and indigenous, we are still in the fight
for reaffirmation of our humanity and political existence,” Alves said.
“Why are we the No. 2 country in the Americas with the largest number of
imprisoned? What is the color and gender of prisoners in Brazil? Why are
so many young Blacks killed in Brazil?”
“Answering these questions may make us reflect on the condition of our
existence as Black men, Black women and indigenous,” she added. “We die
and are criminalized by the condition of our color.”
Data complied by the atlas was based on information obtained by the
Mortality Information System of the Brazilian Ministry of Health,
The statistics indicated that in 2007, Brazil’s homicide rate was 48,000
people per year. By 2015, the number of Brazilians murdered each year
had jumped to 59,080. A large majority of the victims were young,
uneducated Afro-Brazilians who lived on the outskirts of large cities.
The report found that violence among Blacks increased by 18.2 percent
between 2005 and 2015. Meanwhile, the homicide rate for non-black
individuals fell by 12.2 percent.
In just the first five months of 2017, “the total number of murders in
the country surpassed the number of people killed in all of the
terrorist attacks in the world,” researchers wrote.
Though their report doesn’t give statistics on the number of killings by
police, researchers highlighted a major barrier to justice used by
police called “auto de resistencia,” or resisting arrest. After
authorities kill someone they describe as a “bandido” or thug, they try
to justify their actions as lawful self-defense because the suspect
resisted arrest. More often than not, the only witness to the killing is
another officer, and the case is recorded as resisting arrest. In turn,
the investigation into the victim’s death isn’t priority and no police
officer is held accountable.
TeleSUR reported that a parliamentary inquiry commission was created
to abolish all forms of resisting-arrest cases. A law forbidding the
practice was proposed in June of last year but has yet to be approved.
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