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What Does It Mean To Be Brazilian of European Descent?

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What does it mean to be …?

“What does it mean to be …?” is a new small project I decided to launch, it will consist of short essays written by guest writers telling us what it means to be from various European countries. This small project is about identitarianism and European diversity and also a way to give voice to the various followers of Defend Europa from all around the continent.

It is important to remind ourselves how rich Europe is when it comes to the various regional identities, our beautiful European diversity, the good diversity.

This episode is a bit different, we will be talking about Brazil, a country founded by European settlers (specifically of Portuguese origin).

The article has been written and submitted by our Brazilian, of European descent, friend Kyle (@UffzKyle on Twitter).


 

Introduction

Brazil is a remarkable nation, perhaps not for the best reasons, but definitely remarkable. As the fifth largest country by area and fifth most populous country in the world, it is at first glance strange that Brazil was unable to establish itself as a major world power, especially when you consider its natural richness, but instead, Brazil is most known for its incredibly high crime rates, wealth disparity, and soccer players.

But it hasn’t always been like this, our previous capital Rio de Janeiro was once known as a “city of pianos” due to its high culture during the 20th Century, a feat only made possible by the presence of the Portuguese court and royal family, who fled Portugal in 1808. Manaus, the largest city in the northern region (Amazon area), was granted the title of “the Paris of the Tropics” during the same period, due to its incredibly rich architecture. Brazil also happened to be one of the world’s biggest economies during that time, despite not being industrialized until the next century, as it was a major exporter of coffee and sugar, amongst other things.

So where exactly did it go wrong? Well, Brazil failed to create its own national identity, despite the large amount of Western European migrants, the agricultural elites flooded the country with African slaves and pushed for the social integration of existing Natives. This resulted in the creation of a multiethnic and multicultural Nation of continental proportions and kickstarted an unstoppable miscegenation process. European families were left unemployed due to the massive amounts of African slaves, which often lead to them returning to Europe, and the mixed population, product of unofficial relationships between slaves and their owners, soon became a majority. The Empire’s many attempts to increase its European population failed, and while its attempts to abolish the slave trade were successful, they were too little too late, and lead to its very downfall.

Brazil entered the 19th Century as a broken Republic with no national identity that was stuck in the Victorian Era. During the 1930s up until the end of the 2nd World War, Brazil stood under an authoritarian and unitarian regime, a period now referred to as the “Vargas Era”. During that period, secessionist movements were crushed, federalism was nearly inexistent and localism was prohibited in favor of forced nationalism, further entrenching the myth that our population could reach “order and progress” united.

What both moderate left and right ideologues call “the Brazilian people” is actually a cesspool of dozens of ethnicities and cultures glued together by a corrupt Republic that profits from the conflicts between its own citizens. Brazil is perhaps the best modern example of what late-stage multiculturalism looks like, we are defined as “one of the most multicultural and ethnically diverse nations”, and to deny that our social problems are a product of that is to ignore both history and science.

So, what does it mean to be Brazilian?

It means absolutely nothing. I am not Brazilian, no one is. My mother comes from a German family and my father comes from a Portuguese family, I grew up in a small town in the interior of the State of São Paulo, a town established mainly by Italian immigrants. The town has a green, white and red flag and is known for its wine, over 70% of the population is white (which is a lot compared to the national average of 47%) and that number used to be higher, but more recently there have been a lot of East Asian immigrants moving into that area.

It is almost as if that small town isn’t a part of Brazil. It falls victim to our Government’s administrative inabilities, but managed to maintain its remarkably low crime rates, being placed in the top 5 best Brazilian cities to reside in several times. The town’s European traditions remain: you won’t find any family businesses open on Sunday and the Catholic church at the center of the town will be filled, while many others sit by the town square directly in front of it. This town is one of many small remaining European colonies in the south and southeast regions of Brazil, and while no one acknowledges this, they are slowly disappearing as the areas orbiting our major cities become more and more populated by the lower classes.

Our major cities are multicultural “paradises”, after slavery was abolished, the first rural exodus began and the cities were flooded by former slaves seeking employment, which was nowhere to be found as they were unsuitable for most urban labor due to the lack of education. As a product of this, many of those former slaves and their descendants joined the military, which lead to many internal conflicts during the first half of the 20th Century, and many began to reside in the outskirts of major cities, creating poor suburbs and slums. Combine that with the Republic’s inability to industrialize the country at a sufficient pace and to provide housing and infrastructure for its ever-growing population and you have the perfect recipe for urban chaos, a century later and Brazil has more yearly homicides than all of Europe and North America combined and alarming income disparity rates despite our growing GDP.

This is the aftermath of multiculturalism and mass immigration. Most Brazilians are hopeless about their own government, many of which cited it as their biggest enemy in recent polls. We have yearly corruption scandals and natural disasters and very little individual and economic freedom. The people are undetermined to achieve considerable change yet violently defend mediocre politicians every 4 years as if their political parties were sports teams. Our federal universities are dominated by cultural Marxists and as a result of that our youth seems more worried about transphobia and feminine representation than any of the previously mentioned issues.

It is saddening to write so negatively about my homeland, however, only unsatisfaction is capable of achieving change. Brazil is like is a worse version of Austria-Hungary that somehow managed to stay unified, and I say this because the best possible outcome for Brazil is balkanization. Brazil’s European roots will eventually completely disappear as the country drives further and further into chaos if its white population refuses to acknowledge that our problems are a product of a failed democratic system and a lack of national identity.

What is also saddening is seeing Western European countries, from which my families come from, as well as many others, beginning to follow the same path: the destruction of their national identities and the replacement of their people, all orchestrated by economic and political elites interested solely in their personal enrichment. Europe must regain its attachment to its culture and identity before it is too late, the only ones who do not see the alternative are those who do not wish to.

 

Article by Kyle.

“Brazilian graphic-design student, hobbyist musician, writer and activist of Portuguese and German descent.”

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