19 messages and quotes by Lélia Gonzalez to know more about this anthropologist

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The penultimate of 18 brothers, daughter of railroad and indigenous mother, Lélia Gonzalez was born in Minas Gerais in 1935. Graduated in History and Philosophy, Lélia concluded her master’s degree in social communication, PhD in anthropology and dedicated himself to Research on gender and ethnicity theme. Learn a little more about the thought of this scholar with these messages and quotes by Lélia Gonzalez!

messages and quotes by Lélia Gonzalez who bring deep reflections on society as a whole

We are not born black, we become black. It is a hard, cruel achievement that develops through the lives of us.

You have a huge rating range, and nothing more than a shattering of the identity of subordinate ethnicity. That is, you establish a color continuum and how much “lighter” you go, the closer is in power.

This black identity is not a ready, finished thing. So for me, a black person who is aware of his blackness is in the struggle against racism. The others are mulatto, brown, brown etc.

Therefore, our motto should be: organization already!

By claiming our difference as black women, as Amefrican, we know how we bring in us the marks of economic exploitation and racial and sexual subordination.

Black woman is responsible for the formation of a Brazilian black cultural unconscious. It passed black cultural values, Brazilian culture is eminently black, this was its main role from the beginning.

The only way out I found to overcome these problems was to be the first student in the room. It’s that story, “she’s black, but it’s intelligent.”

It is important to emphasize that emotion, subjectivity and other attributions given to our discourse do not imply renouncing reason, but, on the contrary, in a way of making it more concrete, more humane and less abstract and/or metaphysics. It is, in our case, another reason.

Why is black what the logic of domination attempts (and can we often know it) domesticate it? And the risk we assume here is the act of talking to all the implications.

Because of this is to fight and guarantee our spaces that, of course, have never been granted to us.

What exists in Brazil, effectively, is a racial division of labor. Therefore, it is not coincidentally that the almost absolute majority of the Brazilian black population are part of the growing marginal mass.

We have to establish tasks within a concrete and quick field to develop very active militancy with the black communities themselves spread throughout Brazil.

For us, racism is the symptomatic that characterizes Brazilian cultural neurosis.

Palmares is a free and physical example of a Brazilian nationality, a nationality that is constituting.

We have to turn into the quilombo and get better organized to give an instrumental to those who will arrive and will continue our work.

By the time we began to talk about racism and its practices in terms of black women, there was no longer unanimity (about Lélia Gonzalez’s perception of the difficulties of certain intersections between the black movement and the women’s movement, two fronts in which she worked)

We are tired of knowing that neither in school nor in the books where we command us to study, there is no talk of the effective contribution of the popular classes, the woman, the black Indian in our historical and cultural formation.

The question of ethnocentrism is present in any culture. As you are socialized, you have received a very large cultural burden, and you will look at the world through this critical perspective.

Black of the black is required to be a good black; That said, the rest comes naturally.

With striking thoughts, Lélia Gonzalez continues to contribute to gender and ethnicity studies in Brazil even after her death. Be sure to check out some of the best messages and quotes of Angela Davis.

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