Brazil: Where the Nuts Come From

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  1. Rico

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    Apparently, homophobic violence in the South American nation is off-the-chain according to an article in today's New York Times. Just in time for the Olympics! I didn't realize the country had such a large Pentecostal population. Which explains a lot, as it appears some of the same forces working their hateful magic in the name of Jesus in Africa are doing the same in the home to the largest population of African descendants outside of the U.S.

    Brazil Is Confronting an Epidemic of Anti-Gay Violence

    The white gay establishment has pushed the image of Brazil as a rainbow travel paradise for years, probably because, despite homophobia, white American and European tourists with money always get a pass wherever they go in Latin America, gay or straight. Black and brown LGBT, of course, labor under a different reality in such countries, particularly if they are of the working classes. Not for the squeamish or faint of heart, but type the keywords "Brazil", "homophobia", and "murder" in Google search, and one of the top results will show you some pretty gruesome pics of victims of LGBT violence.

    Homophobic murder prompts call for nationwide protests
     
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    It is worth remembering articles like this the next time you hear complaints that Christians are being persecuted.

    Pentecostals and evangelicals aggressively promote anti LGBTQ policies and legislation throughout Africa, Latin America and to a lesser extent in Asia. The irony here is that their growth comes in Latin America at the expense of Catholicism. And their growth is stronger amongst the poor and disenfranchised. Violence directed against sexual minorities is compounded by the explicit targeting of ethnic and racial minorities, who in many cases live closer to the Pentecostal and Evengelical communities.

    Rico is right that once again there is a total disconnect between the views and experiences of wealthy white LGBT tourists and the local minority population.
     
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    I know severe homophobia is a reality in Brasil (and any other country populated by mainly Black/ Brown/Tan People, thank you "Abraham") but I'm side eyein' the validity of that video. Somethin' dont smell right with that.
     
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    There were recently several articles about Brazil on CNN with the upcoming Olympics. Damn.

    -60,000 homicides with 200 million people, compared to about 15,000 homicides in the US, with over 300 million people.

    -over 300 people killed by police last year in Rio De Janeiro alone, compared to a bit less than 1,000 for the entire US last year.

    -"According to the figures, police killed 645 people in the state in 2015, and many of the victims were young, black men from favelas and poor communities..." For Rio De Janeiro state last year 645 killed by the police- with 16 million people- more than two thirds of the entire number in the US with a population 20 times larger(321 million last year)

    Olympics 2016: Rio police warn tourists - CNN.com


    *Also being white and gay will not necessarily save you in many parts of the Caribbean- you may be safer than someone who is gay and of color, but that does not mean safe.
     
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    I read this as well...the pic they used for the article though of the white man being attacked. He shoulda punched the hell outta that lil boy.
     
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    ^ As bad as that looked, there have been a number of articles and most of them say that tourists are safer because all of the resources are going to the tourist areas..leaving the rest of the city to the criminals of course. Did you see where people used the term 'for the English'? Apparently a term over there-everything is done for the English(tourists) sort of like Potemkin villages-just 'for show' for the white tourists to avoid bad press. Hell I would have to watch out for Zika, super bacteria in the water, and the criminals-everyone else on here would have to worry about the same things Plus getting shot by police thinking you were a criminal.
     
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    Given the influx in violence across Brazil, particularly in Rio, I wouldn't travel there without a security plan and security detail.
     
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    See this article in the Times last week about the Speaker of the Brazilian House who resigned after facing accusations that he took $40 million in bribes. He is an evangelical radio commentator.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/08/w...nts-ouster-resigns-as-house-speaker.html?_r=0
    The evangelical and pentecostal community has aggressively targeted political institutions in many Central and South American nations.
     
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    He's a religious commentator huh? Lol. "The coin is in the fish's mouth", indeed.
     
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