Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

(Only) slavery (doesn’t) explain the current situation of black Brazilians


Note from BW of Brazil: You would think that the title of today’s article would be totally obvious to anyone who reads it, but it doesn’t quite work like that. … Continue reading

February 3, 2018 · 8 Comments

Where racism hides: It’s there, lurking, even when black people themselves don’t recognize it


Note from BW of Brazil: It happens every now and then when a subject will come up and a white colleague will casually state that nowadays, in the view of … Continue reading

January 23, 2018 · 1 Comment

Woman arrested for refusing to be served by black people in Salvador, Bahia café; manager decided to call the police


Note from BW of Brazil: Hmmm….I get the feeling that this sort of thing probably happens everywhere. Back in November, we reported a similar incident in the southeastern state of … Continue reading

January 16, 2018 · 2 Comments

“Slaves for sale”, “filthy blacks” and “go back to Africa”: Family in city of Ribeirão das Neves has their wall painted with racist graffiti


Note from BW of Brazil: For many years I have wondered how it is that Brazil managed to skate under the racism radar when it has long been proven to … Continue reading

January 13, 2018 · 1 Comment

Two famous mothers, one black, the other white, denounce racism, but only one is taken seriously; the advantage of whiteness even in denouncing racism


Note from BW of Brazil: In today’s post, we revisit a pair of incidents that went down late last year that provides us with still more insight into how the … Continue reading

January 7, 2018 · 1 Comment

“When I discovered I was racist”: Woman reflects on her perceptions of blackness and what it means to be white


Note from BW of Brazil: Many of us go through processes of discovery that often change the very way in which we see the world. For me, one of those … Continue reading

December 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

“You’re black! You can’t afford it!”: A music executive and actress demonstrate, once again, that be it America or Brazil, black people are treated the same


Note from BW of Brazil: It’s so funny to me that, for decades, Brazilians have insisted that racist absurdities only happen in the United States, even with the vast amount … Continue reading

December 9, 2017 · 5 Comments