[Translation of an article from La Jornada of Mexico City for November 6. See original article here.]
by Arturo Cano
Salvador de Bahía, November 5 – The election of Dilma Rousseff has unleashed a wave of racism in Brazil. And not because the president elect is the daughter of a Bulgarian immigrant, a communist who became moderately wealthy, but because in the northeastern region, the poorest and the darkest of the country, the vote for the Partido dos Trabalhadores (PT – Workers’ Party) candidate was substantially larger than that for José Serra, candidate for the Partido da Social Democracia Brasileira (PSDB – Brazilian Social Democrat Party).
On every side, traces of racism and regionalism are surfacing: “Do São Paulo a favor: hang a northeasterner.” The sentence urging the killing of inhabitants of the northeast of Brazil because “they are not people” was written by law student Mayara Petruso on Monday morning. By then it was known that the PT candidate had gotten the majority of the 12 million votes in the north and the northeast of the country that made the difference. Petruso, in the southern city of São Paulo, voted for Serra. (more…)