The darkness has intensified a lot lately. One factor that scales this statement is, in national terms, linked to a process that does not always gain the notoriety it deserves: the dismantling of culture.
Culture goes beyond the limits of its recognition as just one sector, one ministry, or one area. Matter has a world of possibilities, which are diminished by the concept that the current government implements, always drenched in prejudice.
:: Bolsonaro vetoes Paulo Gustavo Law to support the cultural sector; Congress can override veto ::
Culture encompasses the expression of a people, it is through it that society moves, since the world is the world. It is an engine that allows advances, that takes us out of the times of the chipped stone by translating what sometimes has no way of being spoken or demonstrated in bureaucratic, calculated languages. Therefore, blocking production and access to culture is a type of censorship, in addition to being a clear sign of stagnation that prevents evolution in the face of numerous themes, such as violence, machismo, transphobia and racism – it is through culture that these evils are expressed. dilute. If we had a society dedicated to culture, we would think of a concept of public security not based on policing/restriction, but based on the values of access to cultural and educational goods.
As if the escalation of hunger, high inflation and all the bureaucracy that impedes rights and incentives for a dignified life were not enough, taking away one of their main tools of expression from the people is almost the end of the line. It’s just not the end in fact thanks to the resistance. The invisible, daily struggle that all the marginalized fight in their eagerness to exist.
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In view of this, the government’s justification for vetoing the Paulo Gustavo Law, which would protect the damage caused by the pandemic to the cultural sector, says a lot about the type of person who commands the nation. Under the words “contrary to the public interest” there is a rigorous layer of ignorance, which solemnly expresses the lack of knowledge about the people to whom services should be provided.
At the same time, culture is under attack in various official instances. It was recently reported that the City of São Paulo intends to divide the management of its Houses of Culture with civil society organizations, which would take away the little credibility of the management of the area regarding the minimum parameters of isonomy.
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This whole scenario, it is important to emphasize, is surrounded by a great march by the traditional and antiquated values of a society that condone with exclusion. Some of the national entities dedicated to art have already suffered explicit censorship since 2019, among other situations in which boycotts were regimented behind the scenes.
We have reached 2022, at a time when the popular voice is essential to the denial of a genocidal policy and that makes use of censorship as a social ‘control’. May there be discernment and the will to fight to reverse the situation.
*Elected state deputy in 2018 by the PSOL, Erica Malunguinho was the first trans person to occupy a seat in the Legislative Assembly of São Paulo.
**This is an opinion article. The author’s view does not necessarily express the newspaper’s editorial line Brazil de facto.
Editing: Vivian Virissimo