Tombamento is the positive appropriation of the Brazilian slang verb "tombar", what means the murderer of a Black young person by the police. The appropriation aim to say: If you are going to kill me, I will rebirth.
"Tombamento" is today the very new movement of the Black Brazilian LGBT and Feminist youth who had entered Universities for the first time in the country history with the help (loans and grants) from the last Government and is now claiming their place and rights in Brazilian society. The movement is happening all over Brazil and it is quite innovative as it is the Afro-LGBT and Afro-Feminists who are caring in first rang the most important fight of the Black Movement in Brazil today. Mostly formed by the black invisible youth from the suburbs, they accumulate all minorities: racial, gender and economical ones.
They are the ones who suffer most from the violence that is perpetrated in Brazil on the black people. Brazil is the most violent country in the world against LGBT and Afro-Women. The recently statistics denounced that each hour around 500 women are aggressed, being the black women from 16-25 years the ones who are touched in double; Everyday day, one person issue from LGBT is murdered in the country. In 2017 the violence against LGBT persons raised 30% in Brazil.
Even though, the movement is quite positive and full of hope. Entering University made this youth empowered and fierce of their African roots. So now they are claiming their place in the Brazilian society, whose colonial structures is always pushing them down back to invisibility. Tombamento is a strong mouvement that is shaking the bases of the post colonial weak democracy in Brazil, and claiming for a real democracy, where the afro-descendents are included.
Brazil lived a significant social inclusion in these last 15 years, but all these programs are risking to be canceled. Tombamento youth is in a slowly and continuously fighting and resisting for their survival, physical and emotional, through arts, through colored way of showing their presence, through parties, gathering and manifestations. As, for them, having a profession is probably the only way out of the favelas.