Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

24 white students expelled from federal university after defining themselves as black to enter school’s medical program


Note from BW of Brazil: One of the results, perhaps expected, of the consequences of Brazil’s experiment of the racial quotas system to increase the presence of black students in … Continue reading

January 17, 2017 · 2 Comments

Elite backlash against affirmative action continues: Racism in comments of Globo TV journalist provokes outrage among students and professor


Note from BW of Brazil: If you didn’t already know, Brazil is one of the most socially unequal countries on the world and it didn’t become that way by accident. … Continue reading

February 2, 2016 · Leave a comment

“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

Psychologist’s thesis declares: “Almost every white person is racist, even not wanting to be”


Note from BW of Brazil: Just for the sake of clarity and reality, we all know that ideas, theories, discussions and debates that take place in the academic realm don’t … Continue reading

March 12, 2015 · 15 Comments