Singer Luísa Sonza reached an agreement with lawyer Isabel Macedo to end the case in which she was accused of racism. The agreement was signed on August 16 of this year and the amount of compensation was not revealed. The process was carried out under judicial secrecy.
In a note published by the newspaper O Estado de S. Paulo this Wednesday (20), Isabel Macedo states that the process was important to “demonstrate how personal inclinations, even if unconscious, affect the individual’s judgment about certain minority groups”. According to Macedo, the resolution served “for debate and reflection on the different forms of racism in our society”.
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The case happened in 2018, in Fernando de Noronha. In an interview with the website Notícia Preta, Isabel Macedo recalled the episode. “It was my birthday, and I had traveled alone. I was dancing, having fun and enjoying the party. By chance, I stopped behind Luísa. There were several famous people at the event, but I didn’t even know who she was. I had never heard of her. It was then She turned around, tapped me on the shoulder and said: ‘Can you get me a glass of water?’. I replied that I didn’t understand, she repeated the sentence and added ‘Don’t you work here?'”
“Does whiteness always see us in this servant position? Why do they understand us as people who can only serve them, but never as people who can consume, live and travel like them?”, asked Macedo.
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When she was accused of racism, Sonza denied it. However, on October 5, 2022, Sonza used her social networks to recant. “I’m dealing with this situation as an opportunity to try to be better,” said the singer.
Editing: Thalita Pires