Note: Social networks these days are just as fast at sharing/reporting on the latest news as the mainstream media. And more, these same social networks have the power to make any particular story or the online community’s opinion on that story a news item in itself. I’ve seen this happen too many times than I can remember. A perfect example is the story that blew up like a fire cracker last Monday.
I was sitting in a restaurant in downtown São Paulo when I took a look at my WhatsApp messages and first saw a message from a friend on this particular topic and in following, I saw that people in one of my WhatsApp groups also talking about the same subject. As it turns out, popular Black empowerment rapper Karol Conka had published a photo via her Instagram showing her new boyfriend, a white male, who was a member of her band.
The story was so hot that Karol Conka’s name became a hot trending item on Twitter in Brazil for day. And judging from the shear quantity and tone of the comments, it was apparent that many of the rapper’s followers were none too pleased to see an artist that they considered one of their representatives being hugged up with a white man. “There goes another one” sums up one of the sentiments of some of Conka’s fans as they begrudged the fact that yet another prominent Black entertainer was “down with the swirl”.
A similar thing happened back in April when actress Erika Januza posted a photo with her new flame on Instagram back in April. So, if you’re new here and are not quite understanding what’s going on here, fasten your seatbelt because we’re about to get into it. Just to put you in the know, as I explained in a recent article on the terminology, words deriving from the root word “palmito”, meaning ‘hearts of palm’ have become the chosen terms that Black people that may be defined as Brazil’s Black consciousness community use to define Black people who apparently have a predilection for white skin when the time comes for them to choose a romantic partner. When someone is actively participating in swirling, they are said “to palmitar” (verb), while “palmitagem” defines the phenomenon, with “palmiteiro” and “palmiteira” being the terms used to define a Black male or Black female who is believed to have a fever for white skin or is in a relationship with a white person. In the piece below, I will weigh in with my thoughts with “notes” from time to time. Now that you’re up to snuff, let’s get into it.
Rapper Karol Conka Faces Accusations Of Hypocrisy After Going Public With Her Interracial Relationship
Black empowerment rapper Karol Conka is being heavily criticized on social networks. Karol, who made a single in honor of slain rapper Sabotage, went public with her dating music producer Thiago Barromeo and received criticism for their differing skin tones.
After posting a romantic photo next to her beloved, who is also a guitarist for her band, last Sunday on Instagram; and ended up being called a “palmiteira” by some web users. The term “palmiteira” (feminine) or “palmiteiro” (masculine) is used by some Black Brazilians to define when a Black woman or man is in a relationship with a white person.
“I confess that she was one of the last Black artists I expected to be a palmiteira. Disappointment consumes me, especially now that I am cleaning out palmiteiros from my Insta(gram),” wrote one user.
“This palmitagem really surprised me,” said one follower. “We left the senzala (slave quarters), but the senzala did not leave us,” wrote another. “What power is it that whites have to capture the best Blacks??? The status it attracts, right?”, wrote another user. “And the ideal of the race ideal is in full swing…”, wrote another.
The comments led to the topic becoming one of the highest trending discussions on Twitter on that particular day.
“I give it five months for some scandal to come out in the media involving aggression and he’s on TV crying saying he’s sorry,” wrote a follower. “If it’s to palmitar, I palmitarred,” commented another follower, as if it were the singer’s song “Tombei”. ”What is that smell? The smell of Hypocrisy!” another fan judged. Still another of her followers wrote, “My God, the racial concept in Brazil is just blah blah blah. Is it really impossible to see empowered (?) artists giving continuity to our race? You have the scream and you don’t scream. I wish you luck, but what force this is that you’re weak in these moments.”
Below Are Some Of The Comments By Her Fans:
Zulu: All peoples relate to each other, including ours. But only ours finds it immoral to prioritize this. Hehehe Jews marry whom? And Asians? Oh yeah, but Black people always have to give space to distribute the little we have with the colonizers. We left the senzala (slave quarters), but the senzala didn’t leave us.
The Prince: I SMELL A PALMITEIRA
Lucas: She’ll give birth to another branco mestiço (white baby of mixed race)
Toma: Karol Conka, palmitar, (singer) Glória Groove, palmitar, (philosopher) Djamila (Ribeiro), palmitar, people…the list should decrease, not increase.
Chooco: And with the discourse of “love has no color” we continue to whiten and lose our identity…
Cleber M: I’VE ALREADY STOPPED FOLLOWING (HER). YOU CAN STAY CALM.
Cleber M: YOU SHOW YOURSELF OFF BIG TIME AS AN EMPOWERED BLACK WOMEN, YOU MAKE SPEECHES FOR THE FREEDOM OF THE BLACK WOMAN FAVELA (SLUM) INHABITANT, THEN YOU BELIEVE AND GO ON THINKING: I THINK I FOUND A BLACK LEADER OF THIS GENERATION, SH*T, THEN YOU WAKE UP IN THE MORNING AND THERE’S THE EMPOWERED WOMAN NESTLED IN THE ARMS OF THE OPPRESSOR, I GIVE UP, AND LONG LIVE LÁZARO RAMOS AND TAÍS ARAÚJO.
Bru: Oh people! (If) you don’t want to be disappointed, follow the Black Americans!!! LOL
Eduardo: She’s the Nega of Borel lol. Then I want to see them calling Black men palmiteiros lol. Love has no color lol.
Fabi: It doesn’t even surprise me anymore…because every famous Black really only dates a white.
Karol, however, was keen to rebut the comments with an indirect one. Without speaking directly about the subject, the rapper made it very clear that even though she is a public figure, nobody knows everything about her life, especially as a Black woman.