1. Black consciousness/awareness day - The fight goes on

Black consciousness day is not the day slavery ended in Brazil. The end of slavery happened by imperial decree on May the 13th, 1888.

2. Since the 1980s, the Brazilian Black Movement adopted the day of Zumbi's death (and the end of the Palmares Quilombo) as their day of awareness and consciousness.
3. Zumbi died in the last of many military incursions of the Portuguese colonial forces against the Palmares Quilombo,

4. a nation of free (escaped slaves) Afro-descendants that endured for almost a century thanks to the military excellence of its warrior leaders. Zumbi was their last chief military leader.

5. November the 20th is the symbol of Brazilian Afro-descendants' resistance against colonialism, which never died and lives strong and deadly in Brazilian institutional racism.

6. Palmares' history is a part of European colonial savagery in Central Africa. Zumbi was born free in Palmares.

7. His uncle, Ganga Zumba, great military strategist of Afro-descendant escaped slaves in Brazil, was probably forcibly taken to Brazil with thousands of other warriors from what was then the Kingdom of Kongo (Congo), after they were defeated in the Battle of Mbwila.
8. Enslaving and subjugating the leadership of a people is more efficient than killing them, and the Portuguese have done both: they killed thousands and subjugated millions.

The fight goes on.

9. Today, of all days, a black man was beaten to death at the chain store @CarrefourGroup in Porto Alegre. Carrefour fired the security firm responsible for hiring the murderers.

10. Black men, particularly young black men, are targets of police brutality and violent crime in general in Brazil. Quilombola communities are under attack from the Bolsonaro-supported rural caucus militias.

11. Brazilian racism is different from American racism (or French, or Swedish). But please, do not believe in the "tolerant nature" of Brazilian society publicized by the Right.

It is alive, murderous and, now, government sponsored.

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