Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

Two incidents in two weeks show that one is not safe from racial insults on the public bus


Note from BW of Brazil: As you’re probably aware by now, incidents of racism and racial slurs, as they are a regular part of Brazilian society, can happen at anytime … Continue reading

September 29, 2015 · 1 Comment

In southern Brazil, woman yells racial slur at Senegalese immigrants and throws bananas; other woman apologizes and says ‘Brazilian people are not like that’ – Really?


Note from BW of Brazil: This unfortunate is both sad but so typical and also so indicative of how Brazilians deal with the issue of racism. First of all, there’s … Continue reading

September 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

More and more Afro-Brazilians going to court and winning settlements against racism


Note from BW of Brazil: One could say it’s a shame that it has to come to this, but on the other hand, it’s utterly ridiculous that people have to … Continue reading

March 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

Ex-mayor of Dourados sentenced to 3 years in jail and fined R$300,000 for racism


Ex-mayor of Dourados was convicted of racism which was committed in a radio interview.  (Photo courtesy of John Garrigó) by Nicholas Vasconcelos and João Rocha   On March 14th, the former … Continue reading

March 17, 2013 · 2 Comments

Neymar’s blond ambition and the question of racism, identity and marketability of black public figures


Three weeks ago, Brazil’s latest soccer sensation was at the center of another controversy in regards to the question of race. Santos soccer club/Brazilian national team superstar Neymar (da Silva … Continue reading

February 21, 2013 · 72 Comments

Professor apologizes for calling security guard monkey; black rep of Commission for Racial Equality defends professor because there are also yellow, red and blue monkeys


Sign: Calling (someone) ‘monkey’ is not an injury, it’s racism.  You need to be punished adequately. No to racism!! The drama at the University of Pará continues to unfold. As … Continue reading

September 20, 2012 · 2 Comments

Latest episode of the "I’m not racist because…" variety: White college professor of African religions calls black security guard a monkey


The latest incident of the “I’m not a racist because…” variety comes from a college campus located in southern Brazil. In this case, a college professor insulted a campus security … Continue reading

September 18, 2012 · Leave a comment