Canada Crossroads in the eye of the cyclone of the anti-racism revolt in Brazil

22:45  26 november  2020
22:45  26 november  2020 Source:   challenges.fr

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Carrefour © AFP - SILVIO AVILA Carrefour The beating to death of a black man beaten by the white guards of a hypermarket of the brand precipitates the group in the tournament. The situation remains very tense despite the actions of the distribution group.

6 The drama immediately turned into a symbol of the plight of blacks in Brazil. The circumstances were suitable: the context of latent discrimination and police violence against blacks, the breath of revolt that has come from the United States since the death of the African-American Georges Floyd, killed by a police officer, and the fact that the death of João Alberto Silveira Freitas, beaten to death by security guards employed by Carrefour, took place on the eve of the so-called “black conscience” day

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In Salvador, Brasilia, São Paulo, the demonstrations of a few hundred to a few thousand people waving, instead of banners, the logo of the brand stained with blood have multiplied. The inscription Vidas negras importam, a Portuguese translation of the slogan "black lives Matter", black lives matter, now adorns the asphalt of Avenida Paulista, the Champs Elysees of São Paulo. Finally, the public prosecutor of the state of Rio Grande do Sul, where Porto Alegre is located, has announced its intention to claim damages from Carrefour for moral prejudice, up to 200 million reais (30 million euros). . The exposure is maximum for the sign, with slices of 10 minutes devoted to the case in the local 20 h, the national day of TV Globo.

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The risk of a new tragedy persists

The counterfeits n ' have not yet produced the expected effect: neither the regrets expressed on twitter by Alexandre Bompart, the group's president in Paris, nor the funds released, symbolically amounting to two days of profits from the Brazilian subsidiary, to fuel training programs the fight against discrimination. At the same time, the pressure could quickly drop. The stock market marked the blow with a one-off drop in the stock of 5%, but investors do not believe the call for an international boycott launched by associations, and believe that there is little chance of seeing clients, mostly middle and upper class, little concerned by discrimination, turn away from the brand. Carrefour Brazil remains the country's leading distributor, almost on par with the Pão de Açúcar de Casino group: 62 billion reais (10 billion euros) in sales in 2019. The risk of a new tragedy, and therefore of a new crisis, however, will persist for large retailers placed at the center of tensions in Brazilian society.

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Masked discrimination

The first few times, it's surprising for a French visitor: there are no barriers or gates to go through to enter the Carrefour and other Pão de Açucar in Brazil. In reality, the surveillance, which is very effective, via cameras and security guards, is only felt by a part of the population: blacks, mestizos and more generally people of modest means, who often enter with apprehension in these stores too expensive for them. This is one situation, among others, which illustrates the system of discrimination in place: present on a daily basis, but difficult to observe and officially denied, quite recently again by Vice-President Hamilton Mourão, immediately dismissing the racist character of the crime of Porto Alegre, on the grounds that "racism does not exist in Brazil." 6

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