Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

How racism is continuously perpetuated in Brazilian society and its effects on black people


Note from BW of Brazil: As even a recent New York Times article recognized, Brazil is a country that is in denial over the severity of racism in the country. … Continue reading

March 29, 2015 · 2 Comments

Why must my hair be straight to see the ‘best in me’?


Note from BW of Brazil: The past few decades have brought about a number of activists, blogs, collectives and groups that are challenging what we call the “dictatorship of whiteness” … Continue reading

March 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

At Brazil’s top university, black militants invade a class and initiate a debate on quotas and racism


Note from BW of Brazil: So the debate rages on! Nowadays it’s impossible to get an understanding of how people see race, class and privilege without tackling the issue of … Continue reading

March 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

The genocide of the black population by the Brazilian State denounced at the hearing of the OAS in Washington, DC


Note from BW of Brazil: Black Lives Matter was the message that caught on last year after police murders of black men in the United States. The same applies in … Continue reading

March 26, 2015 · 1 Comment

Mother accuses childcare center in Belo Horizonte of racism against children


Note from BW of Brazil: So what else is new? Another day, another racist incident. What’s really a shame about this is that black children must grow up knowing that … Continue reading

March 25, 2015 · 3 Comments

Whipping your racism: A little story demonstrating the racist words, phrases and thoughts embedded in everyday Brazil


Note from BW of Brazil: Very  creative text! Today’s piece is a work of fiction written by Stephanie Ribeiro who has been featured on the blog previously. Stephanie weaves into … Continue reading

March 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

Doctor suffers racism because she wears dreadlocks


Note from BW of Brazil: In reality, there’s nothing unusual here. Disappointing yes, but very common in a country where one’s appearance is judged according to their proximity to a … Continue reading

March 24, 2015 · 3 Comments
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