Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

Brazilian living in Canada calls acting couple’s black daughter a “monkey” with horrible hair; says she has also been a victim of racism


Note from BW of Brazil: When I first came across this story I thought it was just another case of a white Brazilian expressing yet another racist thought. But after … Continue reading

December 4, 2017 · 4 Comments

Macaco? Really? But have you ever really done the comparison? Lips. Hair. Skin color. Who is it that really looks more like a monkey?


Note from BW of Brazil: I’m not even gonna spend much time on this one. Believe me, there are already thousands of people who have weighed in on this issue, … Continue reading

August 9, 2017 · Leave a comment

“Go back to the slave quarters, monkey, and straighten that hair!” – Black woman punched and dragged by her hair in a pub; aggressor pays fine and walks


  Note from BW of Brazil: I ask the question again: With aggressive, blatantly racist assaults happening in Brazil for so long, how is it that the nation managed to … Continue reading

July 3, 2017 · 9 Comments

‘Bleach bath’, clothes pins on the nose and ‘black monkey’: Study exposes racism in interracial families debunking one of Brazil’s greatest myths


Note from BW of Brazil: “How can we be racist? Our families are so mixed.” This is a typical statement one will hear when having a conversation about how racism … Continue reading

June 27, 2017 · 3 Comments

“I have money so I’ll get away with it”! 70-year old lawyer pulls a black woman’s hair, slaps & calls her ‘monkey’; after paying bail, walks out of jail


Note from BW of Brazil: In previous articles posted on this blog, I’ve described racism in Brazil as the ‘perfect crime’. I define it as ‘perfect’ because time after time … Continue reading

March 25, 2017 · 3 Comments

Journalist who was fired for calling funk singer Ludmilla a monkey on live TV is hired by another top network


Note from BW of Brazil: Well, I told you so! I hate the fact that my prediction turned out to be true, but as we saw in a previous article … Continue reading

February 14, 2017 · 2 Comments

TV host fired after calling black singer a ‘monkey’ on the air; singer and TV network both issue statements


Note from BW of Brazil: Well, I have to admit, I am a bit surprised at how quick this situation was taken care of. In all honesty, I thought this … Continue reading

January 20, 2017 · 6 Comments

Record TV host calls black funk singer Ludmilla a monkey on live TV


Note from BW of Brazil: Nothing really surprising here. Just more from the land of “we are all equal”. This incident is only noteworthy because it happened on live television. … Continue reading

January 18, 2017 · Leave a comment

“If I don’t see myself, I don’t buy”: Photo of black girl on representation receives barrage of racist comments; girl compared to monkey & accused of ‘playing the victim’


Note from BW of Brazil: Wow, wow, WOW! According to a mythology that has existed for since at least the 1930s, one would believe that racist sentiments, comments and heated … Continue reading

November 2, 2016 · 1 Comment

Teacher calls black student a monkey during a fight at a school in Rio; placed on administrative leave pending further investigation


Note from BW of Brazil: White teacher. Black student. Brazilian school. Monkey? In reality, there’s not much necessary to even say about this incident. Another day in Brazil. Another example of … Continue reading

September 23, 2016 · 2 Comments

Haitian student called ‘monkey’ and assaulted in Foz do Iguaçu; assailants blame suspended President Dilma for his presence in Brazil


Note from BW of Brazil: Let’s be clear about something. Brazilians DON’T like Haitians  and DON’T like Africans! This latest assault on a black immigrant once again demonstrates the anti-black, … Continue reading

May 16, 2016 · 10 Comments

“Many see a monkey, I see Aladdin’s best friend”: Father apologizes after dressing his black son as Abu from Disney’s ‘Aladdin’ cartoon


Note from BW of Brazil: Hmm, OK, so how should we file this? Should we label it under “we Brazilians aren’t racists”? The “difficulty of Brazilians admitting racist gaffes”? The … Continue reading

February 11, 2016 · 11 Comments

Police identify 30 people in investigation of internet racism against popular actress – but black Brazilians are called “monkey” everyday: what will they do about this when the victim isn’t famous?


Note from BW of Brazil: Below we present a short update on the situation involving the racist hostility directed at actress Taís Araújo last week in a phenomenon that represents just … Continue reading

November 6, 2015 · 4 Comments

“Quota monkeys get out!” – Racial tension intensifies after more racist graffiti found at university; but why is there more outrage over the repudiation than the racism that provoked it?


Note from BW of Brazil: Today’s piece provides us with the latest example of how racial tensions continue to heat up in Brazil. Back in March, we presented a report … Continue reading

November 1, 2015 · Leave a comment