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Can we finally put this fallacious phrase to rest? These seven women explain why it is racist to say that “we are all equal” in a society that is so unequal in terms of race

Note from BW of Brazil: It is a phrase that this writer has rallied against for some time now. The utterance of this phrase in response, usually to yet another … Continue reading

December 6, 2017 · 2 Comments

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

Black students learn less when we don’t believe in their potential – How some schools are improving grades by raising self-esteem of black children and teens

Note from BW of Brazil: Understanding the Brazilian education system is a key element to understanding how structural racism continuously undermines the black population. Of course, study after study after … Continue reading

January 15, 2018 · Leave a comment

Black woman with degree in fashion seeks job vacancies and denounces prejudice of public servant in Joinville: ‘We don’t have anything for cleaning services’

Note from BW of Brazil: What’s the moral of today’s story? It’s very simple. In Brazil, regardless of what educational background a black woman has she will always be seen … Continue reading

January 7, 2018 · 2 Comments

“You’re black! You can’t afford it!”: A music executive and actress demonstrate, once again, that be it America or Brazil, black people are treated the same

Note from BW of Brazil: It’s so funny to me that, for decades, Brazilians have insisted that racist absurdities only happen in the United States, even with the vast amount … Continue reading

December 9, 2017 · 5 Comments

December 3, 1977: Roseli da Silva was barred from entering a club in the city of Mogi das Cruzes; she became 1st recorded case of racism in the city

Note from BW of Brazil: 40 years. Four decades. That’s the amount of time that has passed since the city of Mogi das Cruzes recorded its first case of racism. … Continue reading

December 5, 2017 · Leave a 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