Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

Brazilians surprised by racism in South Africa but “think racism in Brazil is worse, although in South Africa it is more visible”


Note from BW of Brazil: Of course, the comparisons are inevitable. For many years, Afro-Brazilian activists have compared the racial situation in other multi-racial countries with that of Brazil. The … Continue reading

February 3, 2017 · Leave a comment

TV host fired after calling black singer a ‘monkey’ on the air; singer and TV network both issue statements


Note from BW of Brazil: Well, I have to admit, I am a bit surprised at how quick this situation was taken care of. In all honesty, I thought this … Continue reading

January 20, 2017 · 6 Comments

Teacher calls black student a monkey during a fight at a school in Rio; placed on administrative leave pending further investigation


Note from BW of Brazil: White teacher. Black student. Brazilian school. Monkey? In reality, there’s not much necessary to even say about this incident. Another day in Brazil. Another example of … Continue reading

September 23, 2016 · 2 Comments

“Next time, be born white! You have a complex because of being born mulata with hard hair!” Woman is verbally assaulted on Rio beach by middle-aged white woman, a Hitler supporter


Note from BW of Brazil: More from the land of “we Brazilians aren’t racists!” Today’s latest example of unbridled, in your face racism is not at all shocking to me … Continue reading

September 1, 2016 · 18 Comments

“I hate blacks but Brazil’s goalie has a chance!”- After racist post, federal official justifies himself: “I have a black wife and several black friends”


Note from BW of Brazil: Here we go again! You just gotta love the widespread denial on the topic of racism in Brazil. And the justifications for why one cannot … Continue reading

August 15, 2016 · 35 Comments

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

“You disgusting black with bad hair!”: Elderly woman, insults, spits at, pulls hair of customer in supermarket -proceeds to insult black police chief


Note from BW of Brazil: Over the past few months we haven’t posted a lot of stories that report occurrences of explicit racist attacks, insults and aggressions. But this is … Continue reading

June 30, 2016 · 8 Comments