Beto Freitas’ beating to death, indicative of structural racism in Brazil

Voices are rising across the country to denounce the racial dimension of the death of a 40-year-old black man, Thursday, November 19, after being beaten by security guards in the parking lot of a Carrefour supermarket. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, however, denies the existence of any racism.

“Until when will black bodies be lacerated with impunity?”, protests a lawyer specializing in human rights in the newspaper Newspaper, following the death of Afro-Brazilian João Alberto Silveira Freitas on Thursday, November 19. Nicknamed Beto by his entourage, this 40-year-old man was beaten and suffocated by white guards in a Carrefour supermarket in Porto Alegre, in the south of the country.

For the magistrate, this lynching, which took place on the eve of Black Conscience Day in Brazil, is “ultimate catharsis of the racial violence that characterizes us as a country ”, a country “Denial of his own racism”.

Car “for a black man to be beaten to death ”, it is necessary “An entire country that watches the scene and does nothing”, he adds, like the witnesses who filmed the attack and the death of the man, without intervening.

In another article, Newspaper draws a parallel with the murder of George Floyd in the United States on May 25. This 46-year-old African-American died of suffocation by a white policeman during a very muscular arrest.

In both cases, the victim is a black man, and the way the events unfolded until their death point to a normalization of violence against black bodies. ”

One black person killed by police every two hours

From data collected by The Washington Post for his Fatal Force project, leaf calculated that between 2015 and 2016, US police killed one black person every thirty-five hours. “In Brazil, during the same period, the police killed a black person every two hours ”, indicates the log.

“By taking into account the percentages of blacks in each population (56

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Morgann Jezequel

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