brazil has overall a very slavery oriented mentality. the subservience. which will, of course, be stronger with the diaspora. i’ve been called a radical today just because i don’t think we should be thankful to the rich family that hired my aunt as a maid. they paid her rights and retirement but she lived there (which means working till you go to sleep you know?) and still doing some work after all this time. she’s 82 for god’s sake. and it always rubbed me in the wrong way how they treated her and how this empregada idea keeps current here (changing with the new rights they got a little more than an year ago). so i don’t think they’ve done anything more than their obligation to her. and i’m nowhere ‘forever thankful’ for them and the things they did to her. when my father told me about my grandma doing hard work on a farm as a small kid by a family that took her in cause my greatgrandma couldn’t raise her, i said that was exploitation and slavery (it happened short after slavery was over). he talks about it grateful “they gave her food and a roof”. she was enslaved. they did that to slaves too and in no way that changed the gravity of anything.