Brazil: The Story of Slavery

United Nations – More than four million slaves were shipped to Brazil from the coast of Africa during the 16th century and onward. But the practice of slavery was abolished in 1888 when abolitionists brought the issue to the forefront. Today, descendants in Danda community – a quilombo – fight for their right to land that their ancestors once lived and worked on for generations.

UN in Action, Episode #1486

Script (Pdf): hhttp://www.un.org/webcast/pdfs/unia1486escript.pdf

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  1. she should've told the woman who came claiming the land, I will return "your land" when you give me the back pay for all the FREE labor my ancestors gave you, which is worth more?

  2. A AMAZÓNIA FOI VENDIDA AOS INGLESES PELO ACTUAL PRESIDENTE SUBSTITUTO
    DO BRASIL, 30 DE MAIO DE 2016! O GOLPE POLITICO FOI UMA ESTRATÉGIA DOS
    INGLESES QUE PAGARAM 220 MILHÕES DE LIBRAS PARA CORROMPER POLITICOS
    LOCAIS, MAS QUE LHES POSSIBILITARÁ MAIS DE 1 TRILIÃO EM MINERAIS! É O
    FIM DO SONHO DE UM BRASIL DESENVOLVIDO!
    BRAZIL-NEW GOVERNMENT SOLD AMAZONIA TO ENGLAND!
    THE COUP FROM ENGLAND TO CONQUER BRAZILIAN AMAZONIA USING A POLITICAL MANIPULATION AND A BBC VIDEO ABOUT SLAVERY HAD WORKED, THE BRITISH WILL BE MUCH RICHER AND BRASILIAN MUCH MORE POOR!
    Brazil, the interim government has announced plans to abandon the
    current limits on foreign land ownership, clearing the way for land
    grabs by multinational corporations
    http://www.democracynow.org/2016/5/27/headlines/brazil_interim_govt_to_lift_limits_on_foreign_land_ownership

  3. I want to see these ships they say brought all of these enslaved indigenous Moors over here. So what happened to all of the dark skinned indigenous Moors already here. We know they imported Europeans in to claim they were "wight".

  4. There is no country in the world that did not have slavery at one time or another. Even in the Americans the so called native Americans had slaves long before the Europeans arrived. In fact slavery still exist mostly in Asia and Africa. Human nature is human nature.

  5. You make this sound like a bedtime story. The hardship were rape?, sodomy, murder, experiments, instruments of cruelty, stolen children, beatings..every wicked thing they could muster.

  6. the WHITE MAN IS NOT GOD, He enslaved his own people, like st. Patricks, so don't wait on the whites MAKE YOUR OWN DVD'S AND T.V. SHOWS ON-LINE. INFORM yourself.

  7. This is such a rich and brutal history of Brasil that is not often discussed, and you can see the disparities between Rio de Janeiro's coastal area versus the favelas in the mountains. I wonder how these populations and people like Sandra are doing under the current presidential administration.

  8. If I am to understand this video correctly, which I'm not sure I am, the Brazilian population has a lot of people of african descent? What percentage are we talking here? and how did they get to Brazil? Were they all brought as slaves by the Portuguese?

  9. What was the first law that made them start giving land back? Also, I wonder if there was anything that happened that pushed the president to give back the land after 5 years of the law being made.

  10. I think it's important for people to realize that people of African descent are among those most affected by racism. Just because the practice of slavery was ended, didn't mean that the injustice towards them stopped. They still struggle to gain back their land, and I think that is very sad.

  11. I noticed that this video was made in 2015, I wonder how everything has improved. I also am curious to know if Mr. Zeid Raad al-Hussein sees the end to discrimination at the halfway mark of the decade.

  12. It is interesting how most of the slaves were shipped to Brazil during this time period and about 4 million Africans were kidnapped and sold into slavery. Overall, I enjoyed watching this video and learning more about Brazil, it's past history, and how it has affected today's society.

  13. I think here in the US we focus on slavery that occurred in the United States only. Yet slavery was a universal crime that affected many future generations. As we see here people who are descendants are barely able to get their ancestor's land back.

  14. You hear about slavery and you know its a horrible thing, but hearing how these human beings were bid on like objects are forced to work in extreme conditions leaves me speechless. Not to mention that Brazil was the last to abolish slavery.

  15. It’s crazy to see that the discrimination still continues, even here in Brazil, where it’s expected to be a neutral or almost safe zone because it’s so diverse. Why is the UN taking so long in giving these people what’s has been theirs for years?

  16. It is sad to see how discrimination continues up to this time. It's crazy how after years of suffering by working under extreme conditions and being awarded to the highest bitter, people of African descent still need to fight for the right of their land and it is unbelievable to see the time that is taking for them to claim their land.

  17. its sad to see that slavery for afro-brazilians is still ongoing and that Brazil was the last in Latin America to abolish slavery. Something more dramatic needs to be done to stop this discrimination

  18. It's depressing to see the racism towards African descents being discriminated across the world is still on going. I'm glad that at least people are acknowledging this problem more than before through social media and stuff. I hope that it gets better and better and the presence of racism becomes history some day.

  19. It’s a shame to see that the Afro-Brazilian culture and people are still having to deal with the discrimination and disrespect from those also living in Brazil. It’s revealing to know that after many years of suffering and having to accept that they are not as accepted as others in their country, they are able to keep their own lands and continue on with their way of living.

  20. Who were the first or original indigenous people to occupy the land? When did colonization begin with white settlers? And didn't this also happen in countries like Cuba, Dominicana Repbulica and Haiti?

  21. In South Africa a law for Land Expropriation without Compensation is being debated. I pray to God that it passes so that my people can reclaim the land that was taken from them through genocide, slavery and apartheid. Justice must prevail!!!

  22. Let's replace Afro Brazilians with Indigenous Brazilians. That's who they are.

    The colonizers came to all of these countries and enslaved the indigenous people.

  23. We are Global African Indigenous people!! Love and Unity is the best key for us all together!!💯

    Also Giving thanks to the Great Mother's/Goddesses and Great Father's/Gods and the Ancestors and Guardians!! Saying from Snefer aka Bashiyr!!🤴🏿👸🏿

  24. We will be brought again to Egypt in ships. Deut. 28. Our Hebrew people were scattered to all corners of the world 🌎. True children of Isreal let's study our History. Start with the Bible and you will know the truth

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  26. Least we forget; the land was stolen from the indigenous peoples of Brazil! No thieving HEIRESS can claim what was stolen. Plus, labor too was stolen from the Africans. The colonel past is but theft, rape and murder.

  27. Alejandra A 10/19/21
    I think people often forget that people from Africa suffer the most when it comes to racism. Along with other issues as well but specifically we assume because they ended slaverly the racism was gone but wrong the injustice between them was still there even after they "ended". We do not know so much about what goes on outside of U.S because we are witnessing what occurs here but not somewhere else.

  28. Rachel Rojas
    What is interesting is that although "slavery", still a form of racism, ended, it should be noted that not everyone is going to accustom to new rules. A lot of people could still practice their prejudice towards others that goes unknown. It's astonishing that it took so long to return the Quilombo land to the afro-brazilians. 2009 is much closer than 1888 when slavery was abolished in Brazil yet barely in 2009 the lands were returned.

  29. Laura Avina
    Its interesting to know that Brazil was last to abolish slavery in 1888. In addition its crazy to hear that they had a law that gave land back to them but even years later with the new law nothing happened until president lula created a new law. After watching this video it can be seen that Brazil was the last to aboilish slavery and slavery inequality.

  30. The fact that they had to fight for land where their people have stayed for generations. Knowing that they have made a home where all of them have run to because they have to run from something that humanity at one point said it was okay to do says a lot about how we have and haven't changed. I also can't imagine having to fight for a place I've called home for generations.

  31. Something interesting that I found was the fact that people who were slaves identified themselves as quilombolas as they became free and ran away from violence. Although slavery was abolished, Africans were still victims of injustices such as taking their land away, land that their ancestors left them. The interesting point here is that it's been not long since laws against discrimination against African people were enforced for a change.

  32. When I think of slavery I usually think as an unfortunate set of events that happened years ago. Learning that Brazil was one of the last nations to abolish slavery was very surprising. Several laws were attempted or even were enacted in years that were a lot more recent than others. Different presidents attempted to help abolish discrimination in 2003 and 2015 but it was not completely abolished. I am not sure if it was the government or system they had in place but it really makes me wonder why its taken so long for slaver and discrimination to slowly be abolished.

  33. It goes without question that the culture of African descendant Brazilian is still close, as brazil had the most recent end to slavery. But it is interesting to see how these people have to continue to fight for what they have lived with their whole life. It is significant to see that these individuals stand up to the right of their home.

  34. Sindy Silva
    I feel like slavery is such a big topic that has been treated as an awkward conversation. US slavery is also not the only one around at the time. I find it very unfair how they have to fight for a home that was already theirs from early time.

  35. Its so interesting to me how Brazil was the last one to abolish slavery in 1888. Although slavery ended, the injustice and discrimination towards those of African descent lives on. I am happy to see that Sandra is pushing towards gaining the land title, which they very much not only deserve but are entitled to. It was interesting to get some insight on their customs/traditions as well

  36. After watching the video, something that I found to be interesting was the fact that Brazil was the last country to abolish slavery as I would have never guessed that this was the case. With that being said, it is evident that there is still some unfair treatment in the descendants of Africans living in Brazil to this day and it is very unfortunate to see.

  37. It gives a different perspective on how even though slavery ended in 1888, there was still injustice towards the African communities. Never did they ask for more, except for their freedom, and that freedom came with a cost which was having their "home" being taken away from them. The disadvantage of claiming their property is inhumane, a place they have known for generations should not have been taken away from them.

  38. The most interesting thing was learning about the different affects that slavery had on the economy of Brazil. Their are programs that help with slaves a. Slavery is a topic that everyone learns about but the fact that the struggle for these people is still not over is interesting. Sandra lost everything and them the government introduce a new law to benefit these people even thought it took them a while.

  39. The African spirit all over the world is unbroken. As an African-American we in the United States of America have not only survived the horrors of slavery we are the most powerful Africans in the world the most educated and most prosperous. We elected an African-American president of the most powerful country in the world not once but twice but our struggle like the struggles like our African brothers and sisters is still a fight in process. But we have overcame so much in our torture 😢 history that only our fighting nature will see us thru as Bob Marley said, don't give up the fight and stand up for your rights and keep on fighting.

  40. If Brazil has no racism as many European brazilians says why does your brazilian tv soapies mostly have European actors but less Afro Brazilians? Why cant they reflect the true Brazilian nation with diversity? You brainwashed our people to hero worship you and not see anything wrong with the status quo. It is not ok we other Africans and african descendants will keep on telling them that it is not ok to have people who are a large part of nation but not be reflected in politics, entertainment and other economic sectors, it is not ok. One day afro Brazilians will learn that they are equal and they should have a piece of the pie, they will fight like how african Americans keep on fighting.

  41. We cannot forget that the idea of slavery predates this event. In the 7th century, the Moors from North Africa invaded the Iberian peninsula, enslaving millions of Europeans. Therefore, we cannot blame the Europeans for "inventing" slavery, nor should we consider any narrative of "historical reparation" as some groups try to do in some countries (as Brazil) generating privileges for these people, just for be black.

  42. A very shallow view on the subject. there are many other important factors left out of this little "flyer". I'm brazilian, and I realize that half of what is being exposed here is narrative and is politically engaged, created by political parties to manipulate people who are favored with privileges based on the invention of new laws.

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