Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

Category Archives: racial discrimination

“We put people like you in the line of fire at the shooting range”: Black woman threatened in country club. Case again brings institutional racism that seeks to keep Afro-Brazilians in their ‘place’ to the forefront


Note from BW of Brazil: So many things come to mind when I think of the details involving today’s story. For one, it reminds me of a comment that was … Continue reading

August 28, 2016 · 3 Comments

So a black woman is not supposed to have $700 gift certificate, right? Teacher says she was discriminated against by Ágatha store in shopping mall in Rio’s south zone


Note from BW of Brazil: Really bizarre this situation. Of course, as this blog is full of discriminatory incidents involving race, hair and skin color, but we always like to … Continue reading

September 24, 2015 · 1 Comment

Racism hotline in nation’s capital flooded with reports; two separate incidents against black women make headlines in same day


Note from BW of Brazil: So what else is new? Another day, another racist incident. Correction, two reports on the same day in the same region, the nation’s capital. As … Continue reading

February 18, 2014 · 3 Comments

Minister: Young black ‘rolezinho’ (flash mob) participants are victims of racial discrimination; sees similarities with 50s/60 ‘sit-ins’ in the US


Note from BW of Brazil: The so-called “rolezinho” flash mobs and the reactions they are provoking are the topic of hot debate in Brazil right now. Intellectuals continue to debate … Continue reading

January 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

Looking back: When Nelson Mandela visited Brazil in 1991, he noted the bitterness of black Brazilians due to the racial situation


Note from BW of Brazil: Of course, by now, the world has received the news of the passing of the South African human rights, anti-Apartheid icon Nelson Mandela. As the … Continue reading

December 6, 2013 · 4 Comments

While all three refer to persons of African descent, what is the difference between the terms preto, pardo and negro?


BW of Brazil: The question of race has long been a source of confusion in Brazil. On the one hand, the country has promoted itself as a huge melting pot … Continue reading

May 18, 2013 · 1 Comment

“What Brazil really wants to be is blonde,” says researcher of racial inequality


Photo: Top, left to to right: Rafaella, sister of soccer star Neymar, actress Aparecida Petrowky, soccer star Neymar and singer Juliana Diniz. Bottom, left to right: Singer/actress Thalma de Freitas, actress … Continue reading

May 13, 2013 · Leave a comment