Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

Category Archives: racial classification

African descendant when convenient: Candidate says he is ‘brown’ to enter a career in Brazil’s Foreign Ministry through racial quotas; is barred, but gets an injunction


Note from BW of Brazil: This is really beginning to get ridiculous! We’ve been following these developments of white Brazilians declaring themselves to be ‘pardos’, meaning brown or mixed race, … Continue reading

September 18, 2016 · 16 Comments

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

Brazilian sends letter of support to Nazi party in Germany; receives response “We don’t accept Latinos”


Note from BW of Brazil: This story is interesting on so many levels! And it says so much about racial identity in Brazil. As you know, historically, Brazil has always … Continue reading

January 9, 2015 · 10 Comments

Popular Samba musician Dudu Nobre teaches his children about racial identity: “If you can’t pass for white, you are black”


Note from BW of Brazil: The development of today’s piece is the result of three different incidents. The first is the highly publicized cases of racism involving two black Brazilian … Continue reading

March 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

Journalist calls black Minister of Racial Equality a tapir; comments speak not only racist idea of “place” but also contradictions of race in Brazil


Note from BW of Brazil: For those of you who don’t really understand the intricacies of how race, racism and racial classification play out in Brazil, the following post is … Continue reading

January 23, 2014 · 1 Comment

Modern day Brazilian “fashion colonialism”: Africa is the inspiration for São Paulo Fashion Week; nearly all the models are white


Note from BW of Brazil: Well, here we go again! Another São Paulo Fashion Week extravaganza, another black model shut out. In reality, this shouldn’t come as a surprise. After … Continue reading

November 1, 2013 · Leave a comment

The racist face of Brazil’s miscegenation


Note from BW of Brazil: The question of racial identity and classification are topics dealt with frequently on this blog. Brazil’s history and reputation has long been constructed upon the … Continue reading

May 22, 2013 · 9 Comments