Manjioca: Uma Brasilian Feminista…

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Brazil in Black and White – PBS WideAngle September 13, 2008

Filed under: Racial Politics — manjioca @ 6:23 am
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One Response to “Brazil in Black and White – PBS WideAngle”

  1. Nico Solon Says:

    This is a very interesting represetation of what I like to call the status quo dilemna. Within any society we see a trend of dominance based on economical factors, this can be temporary or even historic based on many material factors within the structural apparatus of the system of governance. The status quo has an inherent trickle down effect as it seeks to homogenize any fringe or outside variables, creating a system of economic caste. In most if not all cases this economic caste seems to reflect a system of racial caste which the excluded group seeks to eradicate either through asimilation or adaptation in the form of the formation or creation of the exclusivity of their groups identity. However although those who seek factors of exclusivity righteously due so in order to preserve cultural identity and reject colonization, they are still subject to the economical structures of the systems of the symbiotic relation that the status quo has between its members and the structure. This is reflected almost always and as we can see cleary in this case as the form of economic sustainabilty (i.e. education, employment etc.). This phenomena is a general precept of the properties discuss in Calibanismo, or Arielismo, as those who gain priveledge and move closer to the middle class or econmic sustainability feel some need to bring those that they identify with within their group identity with them (either through feelings that they have betrayed that identity or the feeling that they need to reciprocate the group identies support for making them who they are). These plans, although on the surface seem to be well intended, fail to address the actual cause of the caste alienation and only seek to supplement temporary solutions to the surface or symptom problems. This also created a balancing act when programs like those shown in the video are created, due to the fact that those who creat them while wanting to contribute to the greater good of their group identity through providing what their(one person or a smaller group from the original group identity) interpretation of the democratic expression considers a need for said larger group identity. These programs must then be balanced with the means (both economic and material) needed to produce and/or sustain them. Because in most cases these means are not able to be provided for by the actual group itself (either because of their economic or caste alienation from resources) so they must be sought as some form of welfare or allied support from other groups from within the status quo, most of the time this is done with strings attached as some sort of profitable gain (i.e tax reduction, profit. etc) for the helping group. At the moment when the intermediary becomes the great balancer of the interpreted need of the original group and the vested interest of the supporting group, than the democratic expression or embetterment of the orignial group has been subjugated and lost… hence the democratic dilemna… As per my post in the other article, that which I described above is an example of balanced reform within the current economical structure we see in these situation. And although these types of programs can be seen as a product of political democracy, without economic democracy we can not see a truly democratic expression of no strings attached progress, toward equality, unity, and freedom for and by diverse cultural and group identities. -Nico Solon-2008-


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