Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

“Who will defend our children against whiteness?”: How racist school experiences interfere with the positive self-images of black children


Note from BW of Brazil: Over the course of my experiences in Brazil, I have known quite a few people who would be classified as white anywhere in the world. … Continue reading

April 7, 2018 · 4 Comments

24-year international relations student is identified as “monkey” on a Burger King receipt


Note from BW of Brazil: I’m not even gon’ trip on this. I been puttin’ in work for six years here at BW of Brazil and been on the case … Continue reading

April 4, 2018 · 1 Comment

“I found this slave in the smoking area! Whoever the owner is let me know!”: Student at FGV College suspended for racist comment/photo of black student


Note from BW of Brazil: Ya know, if you’ve read enough stories on this blog, you just might come to the conclusion that certain (white) people don’t like seeing black … Continue reading

March 13, 2018 · Leave a comment

“Blacks can’t ride in a taxi”: Olympic gold medalist? So what, you’re still a suspect! Rafaela Silva reveals being harassed by police just sitting in a cab


Note from BW of Brazil: In a recent post here, I alerted readers that the Federal Government had voted to send in the Brazilian Army to intervene in a Rio de Janeiro … Continue reading

February 24, 2018 · 3 Comments

“Racism generates anxiety, insecurity and deep anguish”: The importance of black professionals caring for the mental health of those oppressed by racism


Note from BW of Brazil: In my regular interactions with both black people and white people over the years, both in the United States as well as in Brazil, I’ve … Continue reading

February 22, 2018 · 2 Comments

(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