Among the massive levels of bullshit going on in the U.S. right now, a lot of really alarming news is slipping under the radar. Brazil president Jair Bolsonaro, who has been praised by Trump and ran on a platform of bigotry and fascist rhetoric, has pretty much stated that he intends to commit genocide.
Brazil’s New President Openly Threatens Genocide of Indigenous Amazonians
Brazil’s new president, Jair Bolsonaro, campaigned on a plan to sell off major portions of the Amazon rainforest to agribusiness, mining. and hydro-power.
“Minorities have to adapt to the majority, or simply disappear,” he said on the campaign trail, adding that under his administration, “not one square centimeter” of Brazil will be reserved for the country’s indigenous peoples.
Thirteen percent of the land in Brazil is protected indigenous territory in the Amazon rainforest, where most of the world’s last uncontacted tribes take refuge. Bolsonaro has said he wants to put all of that land on the auction block.
Of course, this has terrible implications in terms of climate change, which will and has affected the poorest and most vulnerable first. But this is also straight-up genocide of uncontacted tribes and indigenous Brazilians in general. Uncontacted tribes in particular are extremely vulnerable to disease and could not adjust to the rest of the modern world. Their culture is also 100% rooted in the rainforests in which they live. This is genocide in every sense of the word.
I have no idea what to do about this because Bolsonaro does not give a single fuck. All I can say is that this is what happens when you let fascists have a platform and elect shitfuckers like Trump.