Black Women of Brazil

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Category Archives: affirmative action

Doctor declares himself black and passes into 1st place in selection process through system of quotas


Note from BW of Brazil: So here we go again! The article below actually surfaced about a month ago but is very pertinent to a discussion that’s been ongoing for … Continue reading

March 9, 2016 · 13 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

The enduring power of myth: Journalist proclaims there was no racism in Brazil until quotas were implemented


Note from BW of Brazil: This blog often deals with the enduring power of the “racial democracy” myth that has existed in the minds of millions of Brazilians (some of … Continue reading

October 30, 2015 · 2 Comments

For law professor Adilson José Moreira, “In Brazil, we have the idea that blacks are inherently inferior”


Note from BW of Brazil: There are at least three ways that people can deny the existence of racism that permeates throughout the whole of Brazilian society. 1) A person … Continue reading

September 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

Passing for black? Student with white skin and green eyes declares himself black and competes for position in Brazil Foreign Ministry under the system of Affirmative Action


Note from BW of Brazil: Well, he’s back in the news again! We first covered this controversy involving a white-looking man attempting to take advantage of Brazil’s Affirmative Action system … Continue reading

August 30, 2015 · 6 Comments

When blacks act against their own interest: Young black man’s diatribe against affirmative action stirs up social media – Activists deconstruct and debunk his arguments


Note from BW of Brazil: In reality, this sort of rhetoric should come as no surprise. In the fierce, ongoing debate about racial quotas for Brazil’s top universities, it should … Continue reading

April 9, 2015 · 5 Comments

History of abolition in Brazil ignores its true heroes; 126 years later Brazilian society has yet to attain equality


  Note from BW of Brazil: Last Tuesday, May 13th, was the commemoration of 126 years of the abolition of slavery in Brazil. Since the early 1970s, Movimento Negro groups … Continue reading

May 20, 2014 · Leave a comment