Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

Category Archives: racial stereotypes

Black couple accused of kidnapping for simply being with a white child; boy was grandson of the couple’s landlord


Note from BW of Brazil: Stories such as this one are absolutely absurd, but I like analyzing them because it exposes the depths of how race is experienced in Brazil. … Continue reading

October 14, 2017 · Leave a comment

I’m a “conceited black woman?”: It’s not a compliment, but apparently being a successful, confident black woman makes some people very uncomfortable


Note from BW of Brazil: In numerous previous posts on this blog, many writers and I have discussed this question of “the place” of the black Brazilian. And what I … Continue reading

August 6, 2017 · 1 Comment

Asked in the street if she does “cleaning work,” black historian Luana Tolentino replied, “No, I’m working on my masters. I’m a professor”


Note from BW of Brazil: A native of the state of Minas Gerais, Luana Tolentino has been featured in a few previous posts on this blog. She appears today and touches … Continue reading

July 24, 2017 · Leave a comment

Employee denounces store manager who posted photo of her cleaning on a social network with caption referring to her as the slave in popular soap opera


Note from BW of Brazil: This story is so very typical of “we’re not racists” Brazil. If we didn’t already have enough stories demonstrating the racist nature of Brazilian society … Continue reading

July 23, 2016 · 4 Comments

Another case of white privilege? The attitudes toward perceived criminals when one is black and the other white


Note from BW of Brazil: One of the purposes for the existence of this blog is to show how race, or if you prefer, color, plays a factor in the … Continue reading

July 8, 2015 · 2 Comments