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Racism in Brazil

Collection:
Black Caribbean Literature (BCL)
Format:
Newspaper Article
Publication Date:
2001-09-12
Published:
Nashville, TN
ISBN:
10675280
Location:
African American Research Center, Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject Term:
Blacks, Brazil, Racism, South America, Culture, Discrimination, Black culture, Minority & ethnic groups
Notes:
The carnival image of racial harmony When Brazil became a democracy in 1988, the new constitution specified that they should be given land. But in practice, only a handful have. The local priest in Camburi, Father [Alexander Coelho], urges villagers to unite to demand land. He says that Brazil has a race problem which it is only starting to face up to. "Three hundred years of slavery, 300 hundred years of submission - it's hard to teach people to change that mindset," he says. "In Brazil, there was no discussion about race ... there was a pseudo-equality. When we started to talk about it, we were accused of bringing racism to Brazil," he argues.