Black Women of Brazil

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Category Archives: racial democracy

‘Myth of racial democracy is part of the education of the Brazilian,” says Congolese anthropologist living in Brazil


Note from BW of Brazil: The understanding of racism, the myth of racial democracy and how everyday Brazilians deny its existence or being racists themselves is complex, simple and intriguing … Continue reading

February 16, 2016 · 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

Racial Democracy or Informal Apartheid? South Africa and Brazil: Two historical, cultural contexts and different times, the same segregation


Note from BW of Brazil: Over the years, there has been a long running debate as to which nation is/was the most racist against black people. Traditionally, in comparison with … Continue reading

September 8, 2015 · 1 Comment

“Now you blacks see racism in everything!” – As black Brazilians push back against racial discrimination, society continues to downplay the issue


Note from BW of Brazil: We’ve been dealing with this for a while now. Although the issue of race and racism is more and more reported and debated, the overall society … Continue reading

August 6, 2015 · 1 Comment

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

New film, Raça (race), presents blacks as the central theme in the fight for racial equality and makes history in Brazilian cinema


Film produced by Joel Zito Araújo is in theaters all over Brazil. (See trailer, with English subtitles and a description at bottom of article) Please see the blog’s original coverage … Continue reading

May 19, 2013 · Leave a comment

Overcoming racism requires more than ‘only’ education


Painting depicting slavery in Brazil (top) and an iconic photo taken in Rio in 1983 (below) Racism in Brazil is manifested in the construction of places allowed for blacks and … Continue reading

March 5, 2013 · 1 Comment