To fight against discrimination "is not to destroy history, it is to make history different"

in News · 16-06-2020 10:47:00 · 0 Comments

The President of the Republic stated that Portugal has racist and xenophobic sectors, but defended that the way to fight discrimination "is not to destroy history, it is to make history different".

In response to questions from journalists, at the premises of RTP, in Lisbon, after giving a live class to the #EstudoEmCasa distance learning project, the head of state upheld that history must be assumed as a whole and condemned the vandalisation and destruction of statues, asking: "What does that mean?"

"I think that the way to truly fight discrimination, and specifically against racism or xenophobia, is to create conditions today, and for the future, that reduce these inequalities. It is not to destroy history, it is to make history different, it is to add different History", he affirmed.

Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa argued that "destroying history is theoretically a very easy exercise, but that it will not, in practice, change the living conditions of those who are discriminated against, who are isolated", like the residents of Jamaica's neighbourhood, in Seixal municipality, Barreiro district.

"I visited their homes, I know what their home is. Since I visited neighbourhoods that are not ethnic minorities, where there are those, belonging to the Portuguese ethnic majority, who live in neighbourhoods like this. It's fighting this, it's ending these neighbourhoods, that is what is fundamental", he countered.


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