This clip from an old documentary from the '80s or '90s was posted to a Brazilian Facebook page on Monday. It's currently been watched over a million times.
It was posted with the caption "nothing has changed..." and viewers were horrified, particularly about the comments from a young woman who appears at the beginning of the video.
In the clip, she explains that she doesn't want people from the lower middle-class neighborhoods, far from the city center, to be able to use the beaches in the richest part of Rio de Janeiro.
She calls Rio's poorest population a "sub-race."
Viewers were quick to condemn the woman.
This video gave me cancer.
Pity she isn't dead.
This made me nauseous.
Then something amazing happened. Angela Moss, the woman from the video, stumbled across the clip and left a comment. She explained that she was 18 years old when it was filmed and that a lot has changed for her since then.
Yes, this video is partly true. Unfortunately, this is me when I was 18 years old. I was a stupid child, with little knowledge. Although I was formally educated, I was alienated. Nowadays, I'm 47 years-old and a lot has gone by...Am I ashamed? Today, almost in my 50s, I'm not exactly embarrassed. I'm proud of having my mind changed. I'm glad you posted this video, it is important to bring up things that society is not willing to admit.I always spoke my mind, one way or another. I'm not a hypocrite. I'm happy that people are outraged by the video, what upsets me are the ones who are sending me messages of support (for what I said back then). I ask, therefore, that you keep the video, but, if possible, post this statement too.