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Do Brazilians really believe ‘we are all equal’?: Video shows different reactions to almost identical photos with the only difference being skin color


Note from BW of Brazil: How many more examples do need proving how perceptions of race function in Brazilian society? I mean, we’ve seen hundreds of academic studies, we’ve heard … Continue reading

November 18, 2016 · 3 Comments

Do Brazilians really believe that “we are all equal”? Actress Taís Araújo is latest victim of racist attacks on the internet


Note from BW of Brazil: If this were a criminal investigation, perhaps we would title it “The Latest from the Land of Racial Democracy, Exhibit 7,349,621”. To get right to … Continue reading

November 4, 2015 · 1 Comment

Minister of Human Rights at center of controversy after saying her monthly R$33,000 salary is equal to ‘slave work’: “How will I eat, drink and put on shoes?”


Note from BW of Brazil: Sometimes I really have to wonder what goes on in the minds of black elites. I mean, some of the things they say and do make … Continue reading

November 8, 2017 · 2 Comments

“Black is beautiful”…for wiping your ass??? Toilet paper company faces backlash after appropriating iconic slogan representing black pride to sell black toilet paper


Note from BW of Brazil: Wow, just…WOW! Ya know, I heard about this story from my friend Daniela Gomes’ Twitter feed. At the time I didn’t know what she was … Continue reading

October 28, 2017 · 5 Comments

Drug traffickers and pastors united by prejudice? Is Evangelical demonizing of Afro-Brazilian religions to blame for recent violent assaults?


Note from BW of Brazil: Sometimes it’s pretty amazing the things that happen in Brazil but people still wanna believe that “we are all equal“. I mean, let’s not even … Continue reading

October 2, 2017 · 3 Comments

Miss Brasil 2017 and the Brazilian’s difficulty in accepting the beauty that represents it


Note from BW of Brazil: Well actually, we’ve known this for quite some time. I mean, if you haven’t figured out that Brazil doesn’t accept blackness as a representation of … Continue reading

September 28, 2017 · 2 Comments

Miscegenation destroys black people: Interracial relationships and the decision not to have relationships with whites


Note from BW of Brazil: Before you proceed to today’s piece, let me affirm that I believe that the vast majority of Brazil’s black population, perhaps 85-90%, will see the … Continue reading

September 22, 2017 · 3 Comments

In racist rant caught on audio, woman expresses disgust that a black woman is her daughter’s teacher


Note from BW of Brazil: Hmmm, so how should I interpret this in the context of the idea that “we are all equal”, as so many Brazilians like to say? … Continue reading

August 26, 2017 · 3 Comments

‘I prefer that the blonde serve me’, says customer to black attendant in a restaurant – Are you sure we’re all still equal in Brazil?


Note from BW of Brazil: Another day, another example of why Brazilians are not “all equal”. It’s just funny that perhaps millions of people around the world wouldn’t assume that … Continue reading

August 10, 2017 · 2 Comments

Catalog highlighting work of 180 black women released at Flip, one of Brazil’s top literary events; book demonstrates the invisibility of black women authors


Note from BW of Brazil: As with so many other areas of Brazilian society, when discussing the issue of literature, the question must be asked: Where are the black authors? … Continue reading

July 30, 2017 · Leave a comment

Where are the Afro-Brazilians in history books? 17 black people that you never learned about in school


Note from BW of Brazil: Today’s article is short, right to the point and something that my research and experiences on/in Brazil demonstrate why such material is important. The first … Continue reading

June 21, 2017 · 5 Comments

For blacks, the end of the line: a panorama of racial inequality in the state capital of Rio Grande do Sul is evident in job opportunities, income and politics


Note from BW of Brazil: As has been documented time and time again, it is not only the numbers that prove the profound racial inequalities in Brazil, but also the … Continue reading

June 19, 2017 · 2 Comments

10 racist phrases that black women hear (either denouncing racism or being accused of whining)


Note from BW of Brazil: Of course, as black women can attest, racist comments and questions are plentiful in Brazil. But there are some that are so common that if you … Continue reading

June 6, 2017 · 9 Comments

In Brazil, the black entrepreneur is denied credit three times more than a white entrepreneur


Note from BW of Brazil: Repeat after me. In Brazil, “somos todos iguais” (we are all equal)! You believe me, don’t you? Of course, the reality of life presents a … Continue reading

June 1, 2017 · 4 Comments