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Tag Archives: Brazilian History

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

For centuries Europeans exploited Africa and its people and in Brazil the situation remains the same – Could it be that it’s racism?


Note from BW of Brazil: With certainty, the majority of the world’s people don’t truly know the history of Africa and its people. Due to the media, influenced by racist … Continue reading

December 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

I am a pérola negra, a black pearl, proudly a brasileiro afrodescendente


Note from BW of Brazil: For Afro-Brazilian activists, the black population of Brazil is considered the combination of persons who identify themselves as pretos (blacks) and pardos (brown), which together … Continue reading

December 17, 2015 · 1 Comment