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Tag Archives: Brazilian History

(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

Our stories: The history of quilombo Palmares, one of the greatest stories of black resistance to slavery, is now in comic form in ‘Angola Janga – A history of Palmares’


Note from BW of Brazil: It goes with saying that, in terms of Black History, the story of the great quilombo known as Palmares is one of the greatest. Just to … Continue reading

January 10, 2018 · 3 Comments

Slave struggles and the end of slavery in Brazil: How revolts, organized resistance and fugitive slave communities contributed to the end of slavery in Brazil


Note from BW of Brazil: It is often said that history is always told from the perspective of the winners and in my own experience of investigating and “un-learning” generally … Continue reading

October 8, 2017 · 1 Comment

In Brazil, we speak “Pretoguês” (black Portuguese): Lélia Gonzalez and Afro-Brazilian Portuguese as a political act of resistance


Note from BW of Brazil: As many of us have come to learn, language is yet another weapon that European colonizers have used over the centuries as a means to … Continue reading

February 15, 2017 · 4 Comments

Writers, entertainers, activists, students and journalists: 14 black Brazilian women talk about how racism affects their lives


Note from BW of Brazil: Racism is nothing new in Brazil. But as I have stated in previous articles on this blog, what IS different is the collective Afro-Brazilian voice … Continue reading

December 6, 2016 · 1 Comment

The ambiguous trajectory of racism in futebol in Brazil


Note from BW of Brazil: The question of racism is a topic that we frequently approach on this blog and for a number of reasons. 1) Many people outside of … Continue reading

May 24, 2016 · 40 Comments

African heritage is a target of indifference in Brazil: Cais do Valongo was the largest slave port in Brazil but revitalization project lacks investment


Note from BW of Brazil: If one wants to know how Africa is seen in a country like Brazil there are numerous hints to analyze. We can look at how … Continue reading

March 10, 2016 · Leave a comment