Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

Category Archives: racial identity

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

How did you discover ser negra (being black)? Making the transition from brown to black


Note from BW of Brazil: The question in the title of today’s piece may seem ridiculous to some: How did you discover ser negra (being black)? But is this really such … Continue reading

August 31, 2015 · 2 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

“But you’re not black; you’re morena!” – How the denial of identity is symptomatic of structural racism in Brazilian society


Note from BW of Brazil: I must admit, the discussion over this topic is quite intriguing. In a recent post in which we featured Camila Pitanga, we received comments of … Continue reading

April 24, 2015 · 4 Comments

“I am a neguinha…And?” – Blackness: from a source of shame to a source of pride


Note from BW of Brazil: The personal stories and re-collections revealed by various contributors are an important part of this blog. Most reveal a long struggle with coming accept to … Continue reading

February 14, 2015 · 2 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

Identity in Brazil: “Our children do not know that they are black”


Note from BW of Brazil: If you weren’t born and raised in Brazil (or any other Latin American country for that matter) the question of black identity may not seem … Continue reading

January 28, 2014 · 2 Comments