endemics do not discriminate, but when we set about quarantining them and sourcing a cure, that's where the prejudice can be exposed. #MeToo exists like blood cells at the site of the biggest and most threatening wound trying to save the lives and strength of countless women at risk. The impact on men, let alone cis men, let alone successful cis men of married status and financial and career means, is THE SAME, but fewer and contextualised differently for them to respond to. THIS GUY knew that, so when he got compromised, he didn't speak his own story to distract, he did it to reinforce and encourage and it makes me a little emotional to be seeing him continue to show no self-pity or self-doubt as he pursues action against the Hollywood figures who've suffered little ramifications, believing their perverted behaviour completely normal and acceptable, even imperative to their industry.
no matter the industry.
no matter the history.
no matter the circumstances.
no matter the power.
WE WILL STOP YOU.
: @time Billy & Hells
For Afro-Brazilians, Franco proved that a black person from a favela could be educated, have dignity and also fight against the social injustice that black Brazilians suffer from every day. For women, she proved that they could overcome sexism and machismo in Brazil. But her death is hitting Afro-Brazilian women, who suffer the most from Brazil’s violent, racist and sexist society, the hardest.⠀
“She died because she was a combative black woman,” said Lua Nascimento, an Afro-Brazilian college classmate of Franco’s who attended a protest on her behalf in Salvador, Brazil. “She was executed because she was a black favela dweller who fought against the murder of black favela dwellers. The genocide of the black population continues in this country.”⠀
Amnesty International, the longtime leader of a campaign against the genocide of black people in Brazil, demanded that her death be rigorously investigated. With those nine shots, Franco became one more statistic in this genocide. Just over 50 percent of Brazil’s population of 200 million is black. But blacks account for 2 out of every 3 murders. They are also overrepresented in favelas where violence and murder of blacks by police are rampant. Last year, the Rio de Janeiro police force killed more than 1,000 people. Black women in Brazil also disproportionately suffer violence—a recent study revealed that young black women are twice as likely to suffer from murder as their white counterparts.⠀
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Marielle Franco, 38, a black politician from Rio de Janeiro, died fighting for the rights of women and favela dwellers. As a councilwoman from the Maré favela, she denounced the police brutality that favela residents, most of them black, regularly experienced.⠀
In September of 2016, Franco received the fifth-most votes—more than 46,500—to became a councilwoman representing the liberal Socialism and Liberty Party (PSOL) in Rio de Janeiro. Her win was remarkable because she grew up in Maré, one of Rio de Janeiro’s poorest and most dangerous favelas.⠀
Franco was the only black female representative and one of seven women on the 51-seat council. During her campaign, which was branded with the feminist color of purple, she spoke openly of her favela beginnings and introduced 50 ideas to help women, Afro-Brazilians and favela dwellers. She maintained her campaign promise to help these populations, served as the president of the House Committee on Women and led a committee that monitored Rio de Janeiro’s military intervention.⠀
On Wednesday around 9:20 p.m., armed men gunned the councilwoman down in her car in the center of Rio de Janeiro with nine shots—four to the head. Her driver, Anderson Pedro Gomes, also died. She had just left an event that she organized about black women’s empowerment.⠀
Her death touched so many people that supporters organized vigils and protests in more than 20 cities across Brazil. Most of these protests were against the genocide of black people in Brazil. ⠀