Say her name Marielle Franco a black politician from Rio de Janeiro. As a councilwoman from the Maré favela, where she grew up, she denounced the police brutality that Favela residents, most of them black, regularly experienced. Last week armed men gunned the councilwoman down in her car in the center of Rio de Janeiro with nine shots—four to the head. Her driver, Anderson Pedro Gomes, also died. She was leaving an event that she organized about black women’s empowerment. Her assassination has sent shockwaves all over the world. It’s forcing Brazilians to ask themselves about the country’s existing racism, violence and culture.
Franco gained attention for her role as a human-rights activist, arguing that the city’s inequality and aggressive police culture were the cause of the violence that affected Rio de Janeiro for generations. She was elected to the City Council in 2016. Marielle was the only black female representative and one of seven women on the council. She broke barriers and represented hope for so many. She fought for the rights of women, single mothers like herself, gay people and favela residents.
Marielle Franco was a fearless, charismatic politician with integrity. She was murdered for her beliefs, her race, and her sexuality. She proved that a black person from Favela could be educated, and fight against the social injustice that black Brazilian suffer from. We can’t help but realize that all the threads are coming together #Metoo #timesup #MariellePresente