Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

Why do Afro-Brazilians identify so much with the series ‘Dear White People’? Perhaps because they are dealing with the very same issues presented in the film!

Note from BW of Brazil: When I first got into studying racial politics in Brazil, I constantly read that Brazil was ‘different’. Race relations in Brazil are completely different than … Continue reading

May 10, 2017 · 5 Comments

Reverse racism exists and needs to be combatted: What must be done to overcome the oppression experienced by Caucasian people

Note from BW of Brazil: Anytime one speaks on the topic of racism/white supremacy, there are sure to be cries of “mimimi“ (whining) or the struggle that persons that consider … Continue reading

May 8, 2017 · 2 Comments

“Even my money is worth less than a white person’s”: Nurse leads protest against cosmetics giant after being discriminated against in a store

Note from BW of Brazil: In reality, I think the comment included in the title of today’s piece just about says it all. I’ve never heard of a situation in … Continue reading

May 6, 2017 · 6 Comments

“I have money so I’ll get away with it”! 70-year old lawyer pulls a black woman’s hair, slaps & calls her ‘monkey’; after paying bail, walks out of jail

Note from BW of Brazil: In previous articles posted on this blog, I’ve described racism in Brazil as the ‘perfect crime’. I define it as ‘perfect’ because time after time … Continue reading

March 25, 2017 · 3 Comments

“What racism has already caused in my life”: A personal reflection on living in Brazil as a black girl/woman

Note from BW of Brazil: The topic is regularly discussed on this blog. And that’s simply because it exists and there are still people who deny it, minimize it or … Continue reading

March 23, 2017 · 1 Comment

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