Singer Luisa Sonza has reached an agreement with lawyer Isabel Macedo to end the case in which she was accused of racism. The agreement was signed on August 16 of this year, and the compensation amount was not disclosed. The operation was carried out under judicial secrecy.
In a note published by the newspaper State of San Paulo This Wednesday (20), Isabel Macedo stated that the operation was important “to show how personal inclinations, even if unconscious, influence an individual’s judgment towards certain minority groups.” According to Macedo, the decision was a “discussion and reflection on the different forms of racism in our society.”
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This case occurred in 2018, in Fernando de Noronha. In an interview with the site Black newsIsabel Macedo recalled the episode. “It was my birthday, and I traveled alone. I was dancing, having fun and enjoying the party. By chance, I stopped behind Luisa. There were many celebrities at the event, but I didn’t even know who she was.” I had never heard of her before. Then she turned and tapped me on the shoulder and said, “Can you get me a glass of water?” I said that I did not understand. She repeated the sentence and added. “Don’t you work here?”
Macedo asked: “Does whiteness always see us in this servant mode? Why do they understand us as people who can only serve them, but never as people who can consume, live and travel like them?”
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When she was accused of racism, Sonza denied it. However, on October 5, 2022, Sonza used her social media networks to retract. “I’m treating this situation as an opportunity to try to be better,” the singer said.
Editing: Thalita Pires
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