A few years ago, before talking about cancel culture, Eli Vieira coined the expression “in dubio pro hell” to describe the behavior of activists. “When in doubt, condemn to hell”, instead of the Latin saying “when in doubt, decide in favor of the defendant.”
There are dubious situations in which it is not possible to know if someone’s speech it was motivated by some unjust prejudice. Here’s a once-elementary fact of human life that has been completely erased by cancellers’ activism: the minds of others are private, and indeed it is rare for us to know for sure what goes on in someone else’s mind. Today it is normal to act as if everyone knows exactly what the other is thinking, and more: everyone is sure of the most diabolical intentions of others. There’s no doubt; there is the certainty of evil.
It is symptomatic that a Latin saying from the legal world serves to think about the matter. After all, judging the character of others is something we do individually and in private life. In this context, there are convictions that we cannot prove in court, nor should we need to prove in court. However, we live in a situation in which the alleged character flaw needs to fit in a criminal type and, while the Supreme Court does not give all the pen strokes enough to create as many criminal types as we want, the moral judgment needs to be made on the internet by a uniform collectivity.
This court, in the manner of Sleeping Giants, serves to cut off the victims’ source of income. And as things have evolved over the years, we can no longer say “in dubio pro hell”. There’s no doubt. There are predestined to hell and it’s up to find any clue to send them to the floor below.
The newest case
The newest canceled is Silvio Navarro. Mano Brown communicates that he will require a health passport for his show. Silvio Navarro tweets that Mano Brown might as well demand the criminal record certificate instead. Pause: if you are engaged in the discussion of the vaccine passport – and Sílvio Navarro’s audience is – you know that every now and then someone suggests a more sensible requirement than the vaccine passport in order to show the unreasonability of the passport. Given the high recidivism rate of Brazilian criminals, it would make more sense to protect the people by demanding a criminal record certificate than the infamous covid vaccines.
Who is Mano Brown? As for me, I remember him because of that scuffle he gave at the PT leadership in the elections of 2018, saying that the party no longer spoke to the people. He said that, it should be noted, as a supporter dissatisfied with electoral strategy. Besides, I knew he was from Racionais MC’s, a rap group that didn’t say anything to me, because I don’t like rap. I also knew that the songs from this group were in the FUVEST bibliography, because a friend of mine, a São Paulo doctor in geography, throws fire every time he talks about the FUVEST bibliography because of that. Due to his convictions, which were once very common and are the same as mine, students from all social classes should study a cultured language, instead of sticking with this thing of brothers and sisters.
But let’s go back to Sílvio Navarro. To my sincere surprise, Sílvio Navarro’s tweet was seen as an evident racism. To my surprise and also revolt, since I was born and raised in Bahia and, therefore, everything about black Brazilian culture touches me. If there is anything that can be called “black Brazilian culture” in this mestizo country, it is the culture of Salvador (where I was born) and the Recôncavo (where I live). And I have nothing to do with “the brothers”, who are something from São Paulo.
In the end, as Sílvio Navarro works for a company that fired Constantino without blinking, not caring about the the fact that he would never defend the rape of his own daughter, he deleted the tweet and made another one, clarifying what didn’t need to be clarified and apologizing: “The previous tweet about the Mano Brown concert has been deleted. It has absolutely nothing to do with racism or musical style – and yes, lyrics about violence and crime. As the message was not clear and many people were offended, I apologize.”
Thank God my cost of living is very low. I’d rather lose my job than write a business like that. Then I follow the advice of my neighbors and I’m going to raise chicken.
The list of assumptions
Let’s list the assumptions that someone needs to embrace to call Sílvio Racist Navarro. The first of all is that Mano Brown is black. Mano Brown is the color of ACM Neto, who, when he declared himself brown to the TSE, had to go back because of the black movement’s tantrum. Mano Brown is the color of many people who consider themselves white and are happy, throwing stones at Sílvio Navarro, feeling like the savior of black people. I make a request to the paladin defender of blacks: go to the mirror. Is your color that different from Mano Brown’s? So why is he black and you are white? I wonder if the racist here is not you, who needs to point out a third person as “the black”?
The other assumption is that the music made by the “black” Mano Brown is the music of the black. Not afoxé, not samba de roda: Mano Brown’s rap. Hence we see the complex assumption that there is black music in Brazil, and this music is made by blacks and for blacks.
Mano Brown – and not Samba Chula de São Braz – makes black music, your audience is black. That’s why asking for criminal records is racism, because only black people go to Mano Brown’s show.
Music with drug trafficking theme
I already mentioned that writers they do very well to live close to cabaret, because it makes a difference. At the door of the cabaret on my street, there is a small traffic, and in addition there is a jukebox that plays the music that customers ask for. You can tell how much the client is a drug dealer because of the music. Pawn music is Zé Vaqueiro, João Gomes, Gusttavo Lima. Drug dealer music there is Robyssão, from Bahia, and MC Poze do Rodo, from Rio de Janeiro.
Spying on the lifestyle of small drug dealers was frustrating. It’s all about women and expensive clothes. Their goal is to raise “a lot” of money (in Cachoeira, a thousand reais is a lot of money) and become the “king of dogs”, sporting expensive clothes (Nike’s swearing) and providing access to expensive drugs (the synthetic caffeine that passes for cocaine).
The lyrics reflect this. Robyssão sings: “Do you want to earn easy money and get dressed up? / Come swing.” And that MC Poze I took a while to identify. Every time there was funk music, but I couldn’t understand what he was saying to Google it. Fortunately I heard this same funk in São Paulo, on TV in a bar in an upscale area, and I was able to ask the owner of the bar who the artist was. It was the song “A cara do crime”, by MC Poze. You can watch it here with subtitles and pay attention to the lyrics, which also reveal something of the moral state of the middle class.
And if you don’t watch it, I’ll tell you anyway that MC Poze, a mulatto, he brags about being “pretinho”, having the face of a criminal, being always stopped at a blitz and making the police furious, because they cannot discover any irregularities. In the lyrics, the lyrical self makes it very clear that he is a criminal, a drug dealer, he is full of money and the ladies run after him. There are some mishaps, many want to take his place, subordinates die in the war, but it’s all worth it. That’s the message.
Racionais MC’s lyrics are in the same style. After listening to “A cara do crime”, move on to “Eu sou ”, by Racionais. Both portray bandit life and both try to give a veneer of social criticism. In the 21st century, society is not satisfied with seeing little black people doing well. In the 20th century, it was the rant against the system. The same rewards were already in Racionais: “Today I am a thief, article 157 / The dogs love me, the playboys melt.”; “Vagabundo robs a bank using Gucci and Versace / Civil uses a Light truck”.
I must say that MC Poze composed music for the Comando Vermelho and was banned by the Bahia Public Security Department. to do a show in Salvador. A local faction threatened to shoot him with bullets and the police didn’t want any trouble.
Who is really racist?
In my land there are many blacks. There are black doctors, black judges, black street sweepers, black drug dealers. Only a portion of the black people in my land appreciate music that, at the very least, naturalizes the bandit lifestyle and reinforces its values.
A racist is someone who thinks that Brazilian blacks are Mano Brown.