News Wire Diaspora, News Wire Latin America

My view of Brasil: A Racial Democratic myth?


Good evening.   This is ARTikleblak reflecting on a documentary I just finished viewing, Black in Latin America by Henry Louis Gates Jr. Brasil segment.

My words. My take.

Brasil is an amazingly beautiful and vast country, nearly the size of the United States of America.

And it is currently one of the fastest growing economies in the world.

Brasil population is about 43 % Black and 48 % White and about 10% Brown

Afro Brasil. Brasil economic and social future

Afro Brasilian men

. Yet Black folks are rarely seen in goverment jobs, never seen on newstands & checkout counters in magazines. It is White, blonde and blue.  How can this possible be?

There may be some serious social problems in Brasil’s future if the government doesn’t level the playing field of her citizens. 

Think about it. Brasil has never had a civil rights movement, Brasil was the last nation in the Western hemisphere to abolish slavery around 1888 and the majority of Black and Brown people live in favelas(ghettos).

Often times they court Brasil’s problems as economic problems.  However  if you look at the Black family in Brasil; Where they live, what type of education, if any they receive, the jobs they are employed in, if at all , and the incarceration rate. You would have to beg to differ that it’s NOT an economic problem, but a problem of racial inequality.

One by one, Brasilians of color are beginning to awaken.  If those ones become thousands and those thousands become 35 million plus there could be big social dilemmas on the horizon of Brasil’s bright economic future.

http://www-tc.pbs.org/video/media/swf/PBSPlayer.swf

Watch the full episode. See more Black in Latin America.

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About artikleblak

Artikleblak is a panoramic color-consciousness of digital media connecting the African Diaspora throughout the world. This world is a massive environment and our images and stories and concerns are spread to sparingly throughout the planet and digital terra. People of color comprise 4/5th of the world's population. Yet we have to Google search and channel surf and scour the event calendars to find ourselves, whether it be a person, place or thing. We should nevermore let oceans, languages, religions, cultures or man-made boundaries partition us. Our humanity is to powerful to remain fragmented, lets make it ONE again. Sincere thanks, Artikleblak

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