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There’s a Town in Brazil that Embraces the Confederate Flag

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Santa Bárbara d’Oeste is a little city in São Paulo, Brazil.

The city of almost 200,000 residents is rather quiet and undisturbed.

But they have a curious tradition: they celebrate American Confederate heritage.

#festaconfederada #cemiteriodosamericanos ???

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Residents of Santa Bárbara D’Oeste celebrate the Festa Confederada, which honors their Confederate ancestors who fled to Brazil after losing the Civil War. Why Brazil? The Brazilian government promised them cheap land to grow the country’s cotton business.

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They eat fried chicken and biscuits…

Cowboy hat? Check. Biscuits and gravy? Check. Confederate flag? Check.

Confederate money is alive and well…

Festival goers exchange money for Confederate banknotes to buy things at Festa Confederada.

They celebrate it as a family…

Attendees can trace their lineage to some of the Confederate families and slaves that fled to South America after the Civil War.

They square dance dressed as Confederate soldiers and Southern Belles…

#FestaConfederada #XVIIFestaConfederada #dance

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Someone’s fiddle lessons paid off.

And also embrace current Southern culture…

Doesn’t get any more country than line dancing to Alan Jackson’s “Chattahoochee” while wearing t-shirts and jeans.

They also present the flags of all 13 Confederate states.

That would be Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia…in case you were wondering.

The official flag of the Confederate States of America gets a special presentation.

But the flag only represents heritage, not hate. At least if you ask anyone who attends Festa Confederada.

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João Leopoldo Pardoveze has been celebrating Festa Confederada for 25 Years.

1900 e bolinha #oldphoto #confederados #confederate #oldbutgood

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Here he is in 1990.

Minha parceira @gabiifurlan #festaconfederada #150anos #imigracaoamericana #confederados #confederate #rebelandproudofit

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And here he is in 2015. Padoveze is the descendant of slaves and takes great pride in celebrating the Confederacy. Yes, you read that right.

Some don’t even know why their ancestors fled to Brazil

Glamour Brazil Editor Beatrice Stopa (the one in the Confederate Flag dress) “embarrassingly” told VICE: “I know they came. I don’t really know the reason. Is it because of racism? Don’t tell my grandmother!”

Festival goers say Festa Confederada is simply a celebration of heritage, nothing more.

Yellow Roses… Festa Confederada — 150 anos imigração americana #FestaConfederada

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The festival, which brings in more than 2,500 people, doesn’t appear to have the racial undertones most Americans would assume it has –  it’s seen more as kitschy party. You may see a Johnny Cash T-shirt, hear some George Strait or see a Confederate flag. For these Brazilians, this flag is simply a reminder of how they got to Brazil.

Asher Levine of Reuters, who works in Sao Paulo, told PRI: “A lot of people who are descendants of these confederates have African blood as well. So you’ll see at the party people with dark skin waving the confederate flag.”

What do you think about this Confederate heritage celebration? mitú wants to know.  Leave a comment below.

A Famous Catholic Priest In Brazil Was Shoved Off The Stage While Delivering A Homily On Live TV

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A Famous Catholic Priest In Brazil Was Shoved Off The Stage While Delivering A Homily On Live TV

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In downtown São Paulo, July 14th’s Sunday service didn’t go quite as planned. The Canção Nova Community sponsored a youth conference and invited a celebrity priest to serve the final mass. Brazil’s most famous padre, Father Marcelo Rossi, was giving a homily in front of 50,000 worshippers when a woman suddenly pushed him off stage. The 32-year-old woman’s name has not been released, and she was immediately arrested. The priest is known for being vehemently homophobic and misogynist and had reportedly told the crowd that fat women don’t go to heaven before being pushed off the stage.

A woman pushed a homophobic and misogynistic priest off stage on live national television.

Apparently, the woman was able to sneak past security and get on stage in the middle of his homily. In a few seconds flat, she excitedly shoved the elderly priest off the stage. 

O Dia later reported that “She said that she wanted to come in to talk to him and that she was scared the moment she saw the security guards running after her. It’s her version, but anyone who sees the pictures sees that there is none of it [security guards running after her]. She says she got scared and pushed him at a time when she kind of freaked out, lost control, but she had no intention [of hurting him], she just wanted to talk to him.”

She could be seen smiling after the push, and immediately jumped off the stage.

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Within a few minutes, the priest reportedly stood up and told the crowd, in Portuguese, that “the devil hates him” and “thanked Mary for deliverance.” There have been mixed reports about why she did it, along with mixed reactions.

The young audience watched in shock and then started to scream.

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Minutes after the incident, the priest was back on stage to finish la misa. Almost immediately, President Jair Bolsonaro tweeted out his well wishes for Rossi, saying, “All our solidarity with Father Marcelo Rossi. God looks [over] Brazil.”

The woman told reporters Monday that what happened was “between [Rossi] and I.”

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Her friends told police that she suffers from various mental disorders and that she was being chaperoned when she snuck away from the group. She told police that she has bipolar disorder. Rossi decided not to press charges given that he was protected by the Virgin Mary, and she was released that same night.

Brasileños everywhere were sharing their reactions–from horror to just pure laughter on social media. 

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Just so y’all know, Rossi is a Grammy-nominated “Latin singer,” and mega-producer of Christian music. He’s also a mega-homophobe. In 1998, he said, “A lot of ideas will change the day homosexuality is proven to be an illness.”

Given Rossi’s open, proud homophobia, some folks were applauding the woman’s actions.

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Just five years ago, he shared misinformation to his millions of followers, saying, “Sex between man causes pain, if something causes pain, it can’t be a good thing.”

We don’t know who said it first, but The Internet estaba chismosando for days about this version of the story.

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Unfortunately, the reason this rumor started spreading is rooted in body-shaming the mentally unwell woman, and mother of a 3-year-old. While feminist outlets clung to this story and ran, fortunately, Rossi has never said that.

Catholics started clapping back to the chismosas by pointing out the flaws in the story.

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Every version of the story we found says the priest said, “las gordas no van al cielo,” which wouldn’t make any sense. Rossi wouldn’t be speaking Spanish on a national broadcast when the vast majority of Brasileños speak Portuguese. This just didn’t happen, basta.

Others who feel spiritually traumatized by the Church felt that Rossi deserved the push.

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Of course, plenty of people from all sexualities, religious belief systems or none at all, came out as unable to condone assault of any kind. They argue that you can believe the Church needs to change to include equal opportunities for women, to stop hating on the LGBTQ+ community, and to stop supporting a culture of pedophilia, and also believe that assault is unacceptable. 

The Church released a statement saying, “The priest is well.”

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“He was attended by the medical staff at the event and presided over the celebration to the end.” Rossi himself said that he felt minor pain, but “that’s normal.” He didn’t break any bones, and will likely continue making religious pop and homophobic statements for a long, long time.

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Brazil’s President Openly Admits That This Super Right-Wing Personality From Virginia Influenced His Politics

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Brazil’s President Openly Admits That This Super Right-Wing Personality From Virginia Influenced His Politics

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With over 750,000 subscribers on his YouTube channel, Virginia based Olavo de Carvalho has become a siren caller for the conservative right in Brazil. When Carvalho first moved to Virginia from his home of Brazil, he was unfamiliar with the American right-wing culture. Since his move, he’s taken up hunting, donned cowboy hats, and enjoyed the liberties of lax gun laws in the U.S. He’s also been listening to a lot of Rush Limbaugh, and is effectively serving as the Brazilian, Portuguese-speaking spokesperson for Limbaugh’s ideology.

Without American conservative politics, as we know it, there wouldn’t be an Olavo de Carvalho. Without Carvalho, Jair Bolsonaro likely wouldn’t be the current President of Brazil.

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Carvalho is a published author on a range of topics from astrology to literature to philosophy. Once he harnessed his own social media platforms, his conspiracy theories spread, along with his ideology. He has published 32 books, many of which are just collections of his publications. 

Carvalho is proud to be a “self-taught” philosopher and his expansive library alludes to his way of thinking.

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His study is filled to the brim with philosophical texts. Like many Virginians, he has more than one rifle and boasts of the animals he’s hunted and killed. Like many Catholic Latinos, every room has a space for a crucifix.

Bolsonaro’s own son, Eduardo, credits Carvalho as a critical influencer in his father’s rise to power.

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“We couldn’t have won the election without Olavo,” Bolsonaro’s son Eduardo said in March. “Without Olavo, there would be no President Bolsonaro.” That’s a pretty bold statement, and it’s not without truth.

Eduardo even traveled to Virginia to take a private class with Carvalho in 2013.

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Since then, the Bolsonaros and Carvalho began a critical relationship that has affected all of Brazil. Jair and Olavo have been in both private and very public communication like YouTube published video discussions. Now, Carvalho gets the seat beside Bolsonaro at official dinners at the Brazilian Embassy in Washington.

Bolsonaro is such a fan of Carvalho’s political thinking, he’s awarded him the highest civilian honor during a top-shelf ceremony.

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In May of this year, Bolsonaro gathered the country’s vice president and justice minister to award Carvalho one of Brazil’s highest honors. In Bolsonaro’s first Facebook live video as President, he pictured one of Carvalho’s books within the frame, signaling the clear influence Carvalho has had on his politics.

At one point, there were rumors that Carvalho would be nominated as the Brazilian ambassador to the United States.

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That did not come into fruition because of Carvalho’s own divisive rhetoric. Carvalho created an enemy out of Vice President Mourão by calling him a “traitor,” “idiot” and accused him of being “pro-abortion, pro-disarmament and pro-Nicolas Maduro.” All of these clashes pulled him out of the running to become an ambassador. 

To be clear, Carvalho’s intellectual contemporaries include the likes of Steve Bannon.

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Between the two of them, conspiracy theories about the fallacy of climate change and the false concept that the Inquisition never happened have been spread across the Americas. Carvalho also helped spread the lie that Barack Obama was not born in the U.S., and spread a rumor that Bolsonaro’s opponent promoted incest. 

Carvalho has spoken out against what he calls “gayzismo,” or ‘gayism’ as a threat to society.

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He says that it is ‘incompatible’ with democracy. In his political philosophy, democracy first (and seemingly only) serves the majority. So if a trans person needs to pee in the bathroom that matches their gender, and it conflicts with the values of the majority, his version of democracy leans toward the majority. Democracy is majority rule, even in relation to basic human rights.

In many ways, Carvalho is to Bolsonaro as Fox & Friends is to Trump.

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Bolsonaro regards Carvalho’s opinion in the highest regard. So high, in fact, folks have called Carvalho the guru and “ideologue” of Bolsonaro. Carvalho has rejected these claims, though they have certainly fed his ego. In a recent interview, he told The Washington Post reporters, “I’m the most-read writer in Brazil. . . . I’m a tremendous writer.” He’s certainly being read by the right people.

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