#5 Ollie Johnson on Brazil’s new white male government

Ollie Johnson

Shortly after we posted our first podcast with Ollie Johnson, Michel Temer took over the Brazilian government and introduced an all-white and male cabinet. To people in Brazil, this signaled a return to an older Brazil where blacks, women and people of social movements had no power or sway. Johnson has been studying politics in a multicultural Brazil for more than 30 years, so I decided to follow up with him after a whirlwind week of politics in Brazil.

I’m really sorry for the quality of the audio in this podcast. We returned to David’s in Chapeu de Mangueira but it was much more bustling than the previous week. Hence there is a lot of background noise. I hope you can withstand it. 

In this podcast, Ollie Johnson addresses the following questions:
  1.  What Michel Temer’s new selection of ministers about his government in relation to women and Afro-Brazilians.
  2. Whether or not Afro-Brazilians and poor people will benefit from the new economic reforms that are being forced upon them.
  3. Why Donald Trump and Michel Temer are different people but might impact their respective countries the same way.
  4. What the cutting of the ministries of culture, communication and human rights says about the future of this government.
  5.  Which black politicians support Michel Temer’s government.
  6. How we know which politicians are black and brown.
  7. Who is Senator Regina Sousa
Regina Sousa is a Senator from the state of Piauí
Regina Sousa is a Senator from the state of Piauí is was against President Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment.
Tia Eron is a congresswoman from Bahia who supports Michel Temer's government. Lula Marques/ Agência
Tia Eron is a congresswoman from Bahia who supports Michel Temer’s government. Lula Marques/ Agência
Roseângela Gomes is a congresswoman from the state of Rio de Janeiro. Foto: Antônio Augusto/ Câmara dos Deputados
Roseângela Gomes is a congresswoman from the state of Rio de Janeiro who supports the Michel Temer Government. Foto: Antônio Augusto/ Câmara dos Deputados

 

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