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Facing up to race

Black Caribbean Literature (BCL)
Newspaper Article
Publication Date:
Boston, MA
African American Research Center, Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject Term:
Blacks, Race discrimination, African Americans, Brazil, South America, Culture
The United States is a paragon of equal opportunity when compared with Brazil. Even though Brazilians in power have always asserted that the nation is a racial democracy, whites possess all the high status and wealth while blacks struggle for survival at the bottom. Brazilians insist that blacks do not suffer because of their color but because of their poverty. However, the socio-economic data is so racially skewed that the government has recognized the necessity for massive intervention.