There are those who disagree, but Trump fell at the polls because he lost votes from blacks and won votes against the black population who had not been appearing at the polls. In fact, Republicans lost out in Georgia, the traditionally supremacist state, to votes coming from the mostly black suburb of Atlanta.
Some say that the work of black leaders, such as lawyer Stacey Abrams, who spearheaded the New Georgia project, managed to convince 800,000 young black people in the state to register as voters. Voting in the US is not mandatory.
Here in Brazil, our young black people, for the most part, are not engaged either. Yesterday, a young quilombola living on the streets was beaten in the middle of the street, in daylight, by a Pocketnarist supremacist (pardon the redundancy).
The country was supposed to be on fire. Once again. And once again, only talk about palace intrigues.
What is to be expected from those who live in palaces. But what about the black people, where?
It’s not our fault for not mobilizing to burn the country down. We know very well what fate we have when we rise up. The comedian André Marinho, white, heir, was able with impunity, between princes and barons, to make fun of the jester that Brazil elected to the post of president of the Republic.
Even the privilege of revolt is given only to whites.
We remain divided, between daily life in evangelical churches, which take advantage of our misfortune to enslave our minds, and the debut of a new reality show on open TV.
But the number of black Brazilians willing to participate more actively in politics is only growing.
Mano Brown’s talk show already has more repercussions than Pedro Bial, who years ago gave the floor to Olavo de Carvalho. In a colonized country structured the way we were, a choice similar to putting gasoline on a fire where black people always burn in the end.
The new generation seems more responsible. But aware of what Brazil really is. A black politician from the periphery, especially if he is a woman, tends to know more about life than a white man, whether from the right or left, who was raised in an apartment. It was known to detect in Lula’s speeches in Brown’s podcast much of the structural racism that obviously exists on the left as well.
This new generation, always connected to those who came before, is made up of black people who understand that Brazil is the dinner with Michel Temer and businessmen barons-do-café in São Paulo, and is a young black man who is sheltered by a white merchant on the streets of Rio Grande do Norte.
For pale and chaste Brazilians, there may be something different in the current Brazilian social situation.
But for the black population, polarization is nothing new.
And there never was 1st, 2nd, much less 3rd copy.
It now remains to be seen whether in 2022 we will understand that, from being unviable, we can be a definitive electoral force.
In Brazil, voting is individual and mandatory.
But first, understanding oneself as a collective is fundamental.