Indigenous organization sues Brazilian president over comment during live video

The Association of Indigenous Peoples in Brazil is suing far-right president Bolsonaro for racist comments during a live transmission on Facebook.

Indigenous leaders say enough is enough

Sônia Guajajara, APIB’s coordinator. Photo: PSOL

Another week, another scandal involving far-right Brazilian president, Jair Bolsonaro. During his last Thursday Facebook live transmission , Bolsonaro said indigenous people were “evolving” and becoming more human.

Unsurprisingly, the unfortunate comment attracted the ire of indigenous people and anyone who supports human rights.

One organization representing more than 300 indigenous tribes said they will take Bolsonaro to court for the crime of racism.

“We need to put a stop to this perverse man,” said Sonia Guajajara, who leads the Association of Indigenous Peoples (APIB) and recently toured Europe on a awareness campaign to denounce the far-right government attack on indigenous people

Racism is a serious crime in Brazil for which bail is not available. It can carry a sentence of up to five years in prison.

The vegan perspective

The incident shows how animal rights and human rights intersect. The disgusting comment belies the speciesism that supports Bolsonaro’s view of indigenous people as inferior non-humans and implicitly suggesting there a evolutionary racial goal, probably white and European

Racism (as well as misogyny and homophobia) are often tied up with speciesism, which is expressed in the negative reference to non-humans as a metaphor to attack human ‘minorities’.

Indigenous people in particular are treated as uncivilized savages, despite their rich and sophisticated cultures that have no negative impact on the planet.

Non-tribal people should learn with them, they have so much to teach other cultures that arrogantly consider themselves are ‘more developed’.

They live in harmony with nature and play an essential role in preserving forests and habitats where wildlife can thrive. Our future depends on their survival.

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