Racism at the Itaú Personnalité
Bank Branch (office 7818 Rio de Janeiro – Brazil)
When she was trying to get in a bank branch of the Itaú Personnalité in Méier, Marina Silva (Nina Silva
), needed to remove all her belongings from her purse. Not satisfied, the security asked her to show the interior of her purse. Few minutes after this fact, two white women were getting in to the same location with purses and luggage full of irons without being bothered or stopped by the security.
At the same moment, the victim questioned the reason for this different treatment, and the employers told her that it happened because the white women were regular customers and nobody knew her. The security apologized to the victim when they realized that she also was a client. Which means that she didn’t have any connection with the bank nobody would apologize to her.
Why the bank Itaú Personnalite believes that a client needs to receive a different treatment from a non-client? Does the security in the bank know all the customers of that location? Why the victim doesn’t look like a client?
After this episode, Marina went to the hospital with a chronic asthma attack and received treatment for it.
Later she went to the 23rd Police Station in Meier to report the fact, which even was registered by the authorities, were pointed as illegal constraint, but her lawyer Dr Bruno Candido understood that according with the Caó Law (Brazilian Constitution), the fact should be approached as racial discrimination, considering the denying of access to the local, in opposition to the treatment received by the white clients, which happened because of the skin color of the victim. “The place violated not only the federal constitution but also the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the international convention on the elimination of all forms of racial discrimination and specifically the article number 5 of the Law number 7.716 (Brazilian Constitution).
The case was reported to the Itaú company under the protocol (277464361)
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The influence of coping with perceived racism and stress on lipid levels in African Americans: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21999034
How Racism Is Bad for Our Bodies http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2013/03/how-racism-is-bad-for-our-bodies/273911/