Black Women of Brazil

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Category Archives: affirmative action

Ph.D student wins international award for her study on the struggle of black rights groups for the implementation of quotas in Brazil’s universities

Note from BW of Brazil: It’s funny but there are still, probably millions of people who don’t believe that the country’s African descendants deserve the opportunity to go to college … Continue reading

February 1, 2018 · 1 Comment

After more than a decade of black quota student grades proving they belong in universities, now there’s another challenge: White students declaring themselves black

Note from BW of Brazil: Over the years, I can remember the debates over the system of quotas that would open the doors to allow more Afro-Brazilian students to have … Continue reading

October 24, 2017 · Leave a comment

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