Brazil: Fazenda Santa Eufrásia is accused of racism for offering visitors the possibility of being slave owners for the day but denies accusation

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Fazenda Santa Eufrásia, in Vassouras, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, a coffee plantation, is being accused of promoting racism by allegedly promoting "tourist activities" in which visitors can be slave owner for one day during the tour. The visitors are served by black people dressed as slaves, who receive orders from the owner of the farm, dressed as a plantation mistress. The farm denies the allegations.

The farm is being highly criticized by several sectors, including Douglas Belchior, founder and professor at the Uneafro-Brasil Movement, Djamila Ribeiro, researcher in the area of ​​political philosophy and deputy secretary of the Human Rights Secretariat of the City of São Paulo and Marcelo Dias , President of the Racial Equality Commission of the Brazilian Bar Association in Rio de Janeiro. Douglas states (our translation from the extract from article below in Portuguese): "...Everyone is educated to deny the history and permanence of slavery. We do not read about what that period was. This kind of education affects both those who have been privileged and those who have been victimized by slavery. That is why this lady thinks that what she promotes is not racism and there will be blacks who will agree with her. In fact, we are all targets of this racist culture that incites us to ignore slavery and its permanence in daily life. "

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Author: UOL/Ordem dos Advogados do Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)

“Comissão critica fazenda que faz funcionários atuarem como escravos”, 7 de dezembro de 2016

A Fazenda Santa Eufrásia...viralizou nas redes sociais ao oferecer em suas instalações...encenações do período da escravidão...Para Douglas Belchior, fundador e professor no Movimento Uneafro-Brasil, o que existe no país é uma cultura de negação do que significou a escravidão...[O]s resquícios da escravidão permanecem em nosso cotidiano quando observamos momentos drásticos, como a grande quantidade de jovens negros que morrem pela mão do Estado... Na opinião de Djamila Ribeiro, pesquisadora na área de filosofia política e secretária-adjunta da Secretaria de Direitos Humanos e Cidade de São Paulo..."Não existe a mesma postura com algo como Auschwitz, por exemplo...[P]ercebemos que não existe uma sensibilidade com a dor negra...É um absurdo também quem deseja se colocar nessa posição de escravocrata...[T]em que lembrar do período, mas de forma a reparar o que foi feito..."...Segundo Marcelo Dias, presidente da Comissão de Igualdade Racial de OAB/RJ,...o racismo é...crime inafiançável e a ONU...o classificou como...crime imprescritível contra a humanidade. "Ao reproduzir fatos lamentáveis do período escravocrata, ela se coloca contra o tratado internacional que o prevê como um crime contra humanidade...[I]remos fazer denúncias e mobilizar não só o...Ministério Público...mas também o poder judiciário para interromper essa prática criminosa..."...

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9 December 2016

Brazil: Fazenda Santa Eufrásia is accused of racism for offering visitors the possibility of being slave owners for the day but denies accusation

Author: Cecilia Olliveira, The Intercept (Brazil/US)

“Tourists Visit Plantation in Brazil and are Served by Black ‘Slaves’”, 6 December 2016

…The Paraíba valley of Rio de Janeiro state...,...enriched by the exploitation of slave labor on coffee plantations,...known for the...brutality with...slaves...[,]...[is]...on the state’s cultural map..., advertising...tourism that glorifies its past...naturalizing racism and slavery. If, in...2016, you would like to be served by a black person dressed as a slave, you can visit, for example, the Santa Eufrásia Plantation...Constructed around 1830...in the Vale do Café, or Coffee Valley, it is the only private plantation protected by Rio de Janeiro’s Institute of National Historic and Artistic Patrimony (Iphan-RJ). The property...was purchased by Colonel Horácio José de Lemos, whose descendants still own the property...When tourists...visit places like the Holocaust Museum in Berlin...they are moved by the pain suffered by the Jewish people who were enslaved and massacred by the Nazis. They cry, become ill, and express their outrage on social media...[But they]...are shielded from the horrors of slavery when they visit a plantation like this one, where they listen to an intimate concert,...served by people dressed as slaves and guided by the plantation’s mistresses...without any critical perspective...“Racism?...Because I dress as a plantation mistress and I have a house slave who dresses as a house slave? What are you talking about?! No! I don’t do anything racist here!”“I usually have a house slave, but she ran...into the woods. I sent the slave catcher after her, but she didn’t come back…When I want to grab a dress, I say: ‘two slaves, please!’...” It sounds like 1880, but...the phrase was uttered by Elizabeth Dolson,...great-granddaughters of Col. Lemos and...owner of the...[farm]...She receives tourists on her land and introduces herself as if she were a plantation mistress...[in]...the slavery era...Diadorim Ideia, a communications firm that developed Rio de Janeiro’s Culture Map in partnership with the State Secretariat for Culture, informed...that the Santa Eufrásia Plantation had been removed from the map...[as it]...“is being associated with practices with which we vehemently disagree.”

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