In her address on national radio and television on Sunday evening (Nov. 19), on Black Awareness Day, celebrated on November 20, Minister of Racial Equality Anielle Franco defended the principles of equal rights and opportunities for black individuals. Emphasizing the importance of access to education, healthcare, employment, and fair wages, she underscored that the rich cultural diversity of the country must not translate into inequality of opportunities and rights.
Acknowledging the historical contributions of black people to the nation's diversity, Minister Franco expressed concern over prevailing disparities. She pointed out that data reveals higher rates of hunger, food insecurity, and violence among black individuals, attributing these challenges to "persistent racism in society."
"We all have the same right to live with dignity, access education and childcare, enjoy good health, secure employment with fair wages, live in safety, reside in decent housing, and have access to quality food. We share the right to dream and strive to turn our dreams into reality," she asserted.
Reflecting on the collective struggle of the Brazilian people and social movements to secure social rights, Minister Franco highlighted the efforts of the Lula government to reduce inequality. She specifically mentioned policies such as the introduction of quotas for black individuals in universities and public service positions, as well as legislation equating racial insult to the crime of racism.
"As we move forward, our commitment to memory and reparation, the pursuit of a dignified life for all Brazilians, and the development of our nation remains unwavering. Together, we are building a Brazil committed to racial equality-a fairer and happier Brazil," Minister Franco concluded.
The significance of November 20 traces back to the day Zumbi dos Palmares, leader of the resistance against slavery in the Quilombo dos Palmares-in Serra da Barriga, Alagoas state-lost his life in 1695 at the hands of Portuguese troops.
Source: Agencia Brasil