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December 2, 2018 at 11:59 pm #2956
The picture I selected for this week’s photoshare is a photo of 21-year-old student and LGBTQ rights activist Matheusa Passarelli. He was assassinated in one of the favelas in Rio de Janeiro. Passarelli was missing, and after a week of investigations, the police search team determined that their body may have been burned by drug traffickers.
Passarelli’s murder happened in a very worrying and intimidating moment for Rio de Janeiro. The city was living under a military intervention ordered by Brazilian president Michel Temer. Additionally, this murder happened less than two months after the execution of human rights activist and bisexual councilwoman Marielle Franco, who denounced black genocide and crimes committed by military agents in the city.
Passarelli was an audiovisual arts student at the State University of Rio de Janeiro (Universidade Estadual do Rio de Janeiro – UERJ) and an activist from a local LGTBQ collective. They identified as nonbinary, as they didn’t identify as male or female. The police suspect the crime was motivated by LGTBQ-phobia.
The murder of Matheusa caused a huge commotion between university students, who protested and demanded further investigations and answers for this murder.
photo: https://latitudgay.wordpress.com/tag/matheusa-passarelli/ – n.d
November 18, 2018 at 11:17 pm #2625
When I think of illegality and civil rights the first image that comes to my mind is the one of the body young boy laying on the shores of the beach. This image stopped the entire world because of its impact on people all over the world. The photo of the young boy’s body is a consequence of the Syrian War which has led to a refugee crisis into Europe. The picture shows a three year old boy named Alan Kurdi, who was a Syrian refugee. The boy and his family had been trying to reach Europe from Turkey. The Kurdi family decided to flee Syrian War by illegaly entering Europe. This would be done by paying $5,000 to a smuggler so he would ferry them from Turkey to the nearby Greek island of Kos. Unfortunately the trip did not go as planned. Alan (the boy in the image), his older brother and his mother drown in the seas. The only survivor was Alan’s father, Abdullah. This image is extremely impacting because it shows how an innocent child was a victim of such a terrible war. This image allows you to connect to the victim in a personal and level.
image 1: A Turkish police officer stands next to Alan Kurdi’s body off the shores in Bodrum, southern Turkey, on September 2, 2015. This photo quickly became a defining image of the refugee crisis. (Nilufer Demir/AFP/Getty)
image 2: Alan and Ghalib Kurdi. The boys drowned with their mother while trying to cross from Turkey to Europe. (Tima Kurdi)
November 11, 2018 at 6:18 pm #2411
In a 5-to-4 vote, the court gave President Donald Trump the power to secure the country’s borders with argument to secure the United States of the dangers that Muslims pose to the country.
Executive Order 13769 – Executive Order 13769, titled Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States, often referred to as the Muslim ban or the travel ban, was an executive order issued by United States President Donald Trump.
This order is in every sense an act of Islamophobia. Through this act, there is a reinforcement of the mistaken idea that every Muslim represents a threat, as they could be associated with terrorist activity.
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November 4, 2018 at 11:59 pm #2314
The first image was taken during the Japanese internment period (1942-1946) in the United States (no name of photographer)
The second image is from 1932 in the Northeast of Brazil (unknown photographer)
As we can see, both images show concentration camps. When hearing the word “concentration camps”, we are immediately drawn into thinking about the concentration camps during the Nazi rule in Germany. However, the Japanese incarceration in the United States and the Flagelados incarceration in the Northeast of Brazil demonstrate how there have been many other situations where concentration camps have existed. I am certain that if we were to search for other examples of concentration camps around the world, we would find many other cases. With this photo share, I would like to highlight how concentration camps might be more common that we were to expect. To do this I decided to share the example of the Brazilian concentration camps. The great majority of Brazilians know very well about the Nazi concentration camps which incarcerated milions of jews. However, the number of people in Brazil that know about the concentration camps in the Northeast is minimal. The same can be applied to the Japanese concentration camps. Many people, including myself, had never heard about these camps in the United States. As can be seen in image number 1, the Japanese Concentration camps show a very different reality by the images by Ansel Adams show in class. The Japanese and the Flagelados were groups of society which were looked down by the government. As a result, they were incarcerated; the japanese because they represented a threat because of the war, and the flagelados were incarcerated to avoid migration to the urban areas. As they were very poor and needed to look for jobs during the period of drought in the rural areas of the Northeast, they would move to urban areas. This started bothering the rich population in the cities, so the government created concentrations camps for the flagelados, where they were kept incarcerated under terrible conditions. Many of these people died of illnesses and bad living conditions.
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October 28, 2018 at 9:17 pm #2094
In this picture, we can see James Baldwin and his book “No Name In The Street”, which was published in 1972. As we studied in class, James Baldwin was an amazing figure. He was friends with Martin Luther King and Malcolm X. However differently from those two civil rights activists, Baldwin left the country and lived in Turkey and France for a period of his life. In his book, James Baldwin talks about his personal life, such as his childhood and upbringing in Harlem. He gives his perspective on a series of historical events and talks, for instance, about Martin Luther King’s and Malcolm X’s death. James Baldwin provides to the reader of his book, a completely personal documentation of the civil rights period. Unfortunately, I have not read the book yet and therefore, cannot give you my personal reading experience on it. However, after having read the reviews of the book online, I was convinced I should read it and hopefully, you guys are convinced too 🙂
picture: http://chatham.lib.ny.us/2018/10/12/reading-and-discussion-series-on-james-baldwin-monday-september-17th-at-630pm/ (no date)
October 21, 2018 at 2:20 pm #1862
1992_Tupac’s speech at the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement banquet
In this picture, Tupac is giving a speech at the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement banquet. Malcolm has had a great influence on the hip hop culture. Malcolm is still kept alive nowadays from the continuation of his form of activism till the lyrics on rappers songs. Tupac is one of theses rappers who was highly influence by Malcolm’s ideas. During the speech, Tupac talks about how he was raised by his mother, who washed dishes to provide for him as men were usually not around because they were killed, in jail, or abandoned their families. However, his mother overcame the the structures imposed for black women at the time and became a Black Panther activist. This played a great role in Tupac’s upbringing, as him and his mother were Malcolm X followers and activists. Additionally , Tupac says in his speech that it’s not time to “chill out” because these issues are still on and something needs to be done about it, especially for the new youth. He mentions the idea of “Black first”, this is: even though there are differences in the black community, the focus should be that “we are black first”, and that all black people should fight together to improve their life conditions.
- Part of the speech:
Like Malcolm did, the real Malcolm, before the Nation of Islam. You gotta remember: this was a pimp, a pusher and all that. We forgot about all that. In our striving to be enlightened, we forgot about all our brothers in the street, about all our dope dealers, our pushers and our pimps, and that’s who’s teaching the next generation. Because y’all not doing it! I’m sorry, but it’s the pimps and the pushers who’s teaching us. So if you’ve got a problem with how we was raised, it’s because they was the only ones who could do it. They the only ones who did it. While everybody else just wanted to go to college, and, you know, “everything has changed,” they were the ones telling you, “The white man ain’t shit. Here you go, check this out, young blood: You take this product, you switch it, you make money, and <i>that’s</i> how you beat the white man. You get money, and you get the hell up outta here.” Nobody else did that. So I don’t want to hear shit about nobody telling me who I can’t love and respect until you start doing what they did.
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October 13, 2018 at 10:03 pm #1624
2018_ In the far right of this picture (and of the politcal spectrum) we can see Wilson Witzel, first round winning candidate for governor in Rio de Janeiro and ally of Bolsonaro. In the image, Witzel and his supporters can be seen after bringing down and tearing apart the sign of the street named after Marielle Franco. Marielle was a black, gay women from the favelas of Rio. She was a politician and an activist who fought for the rights of minority groups. In March 2018, she was murdered and up until now no answer has been given to “Quem mandou matar Marielle?” (“Who ordered the killing of Marielle?”)
I believe its extremely important that the world sees the situation that Brazil is putting itself into. The United States has been through it with the Trump elections, the UK followed the same path with Brexit… Is Brazil really going to be next? Everything indicates that “yes”. Election after election Brazil has been able to surprise me with its results. Actually, I believe the correct word would be “disappoint”. This one hasn’t been different… As a result, the country has been constantly going through protests. The most recent movement is called “ele nao” (”not him”), which is a movement against the first round winning candidate Jair Bolsonaro. This candidate represents a big step back for many minority groups who fought many years for their rights. In his speech, Bolsonaro defends “machista”, homophobic and racist ideals. The candidate, which will probably be the future president of Brazil, also defends the 1964-85 Brazilian military dictatorship and worships figures such as Coronel Brilhante Ulstra, who was a colonel during the 1964-85 period and who tortured former president Dilma Roussef. Many things have been going wrong in Brazil lately… never have I seen the country so politically divided and never have I seen the amount of hate being spread towards minority groups. The situation has become so bad that people have been beat up and even killed by simply wearing a sticker or a t-shirt from the campaign “ele nao” (“not him”). Only this week, Moa do Katende was killed with 12 knife stabs and a woman got a swastika drawn on her stomach with a switchblade – amongst many other cases. I imagine what civil rights activists such as Martin Luther King would think of the situation we are living in nowadays? I dream that one day countries will reunite and end all this hate speech and intolerance. Hate is not the solution. Lets not allow candidates which represent these ideals rise into power.