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9 Things You Didn’t Know About the Mistreatment of Black People in Brazil

With a Black population of 75 million, Brazil has the second highest number of Black people in the world after Nigeria. The country has long boasted that it is free of racism because of a “racial democracy” that doesn’t see and acknowledge skin color. But behind that myth, the real story is much different.

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Police Killings of Black People Worse Than in U.S.

Though police killings of Black men have roiled the U.S. in recent months, the problem is actually much more rampant in Brazil. Brazilian police killed 2,212 people last year, according to a study by the Brazilian Forum of Public Safety, a national think tank, released last November. That’s an average of six a day. Between the Brazilian state and federal police violence, they have killed more Brazilians in the last five years (11,200) than did all U.S. police combined in the last 30 (11,090). The predominant targets of the Brazilian police are Black people. A 2009 study by economist Daniel Cerqueira found that twice as many Blacks as whites were victims of police violence. “Our police kill by the hundreds,” Ignacio Cano, a sociologist who specializes in the study of crime and police violence, told Bloomberg News. “We have a Ferguson every day.”

 

Rocinha favela, Rio de Janeiro

Rocinha favela, Rio de Janeiro

Black Brazilians Consigned to the Slums

In the 2010 census, 51 percent of Brazilians defined themselves as Black or brown, while nearly half said they were white. The average income of whites is more than double that of Black or brown Brazilians. More than half the people in Rio de Janeiro’s favelas (slums) are Black — while the comparable figure in the city’s richer districts is just 7 percent, according to The Economist. The favelas is where a large percentage of the police killings of Black people occur. Clearly, Brazilian society has been set up in a way that rewards white skin and punishes Blackness.

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27 thoughts on “9 Things You Didn’t Know About the Mistreatment of Black People in Brazil

  1. brazilian are racist and hypocrite but the saddest thing is the way they brainwaished most of black brazilian.

  2. It's 300 million brazillian blacks. 75 million is very inaccurate.

  3. White man came and left us all fucked up.

  4. Nica Cox says:

    They will never see my money EVER!!!!

  5. Gilka Santos says:

    Thanks the Brazilian Black Movement we have gotten some conquest such as 10.639 law about teaching Afro Brazilian History and Africa History at school, we have Affirmative Action plan for some Public Universities, and a Federal programme for poor students( majority are blacks)and in Public Health we have gotten some advances such as Black People National Policy, the introduction of question race and colour in health form and the Sickle Cell National Programme among others. The other side we have a lot of challenges and difficulties to solve, but the most important is our dtermination and brave to fight against the racism and its base.

  6. Brazil, The U.S, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Israel…

    Obviously, Caucasians find it a problem coexisting with other races.

  7. All of Brazil's population is 200 million, so there can't possibly be 300 million black peole in Brazil. 75 million is about 38% of the Brazilian population, so that number is pretty accurate.

  8. David Amadu says:

    This article is crap I just came back from Brazil in November and I am preparing to move there permanently. I have never felt more alive and appreciated then in Brazil. All I see in this publication is a bunch of complaints and no solutions.

  9. Why do so many black Brazilians still fall to their knees to worship that hideous racist monster fantasy white man slave master God creature high on top of the mountain in Brazil? pure madness I tell you…mind blowing.

  10. That happens because you're a foreingner and american, people worship this kind of people, no matter what their skin color is. But if you were from an African country, things would be different.

  11. Chains and Images of Physcological Slavery by DR NAIM AKBAR ,, read his book and you will understand why.In Brazil they are not allowed to talk about this. They have to live in a racial democracy that doesn’t exist. There is no equality, Brazil was one of the last countries to abolish slavery. And since then they have lived under the myth of a racial democracy. But this democracy is exposed as a lie when we look at the color of the people who live in favelas, the color of the people who are in prison, the color of the people who live from crime. People will tell you in Brazil that our problem is an economic problem, a social problem, anything except racial. But that is just the problem it is racial. Brazilians of African descent are demanding equality.

  12. Chains and Images of Physcological Slavery by DR NAIM AKBAR ,, read his book and you will understand why.In Brazil they are not allowed to talk about this. They have to live in a racial democracy that doesn’t exist. There is no equality, Brazil was one of the last countries to abolish slavery. And since then they have lived under the myth of a racial democracy. But this democracy is exposed as a lie when we look at the color of the people who live in favelas, the color of the people who are in prison, the color of the people who live from crime. People will tell you in Brazil that our problem is an economic problem, a social problem, anything except racial. But that is just the problem it is racial. Brazilians of African descent are demanding equality.

  13. This article is telling the truth about racism in some countrys in Central and South Amertica.Some people put on blinders and ignore the truth about racial inequality right in front of your eyes.The book to understand the worship of Caucaisan images is called Chains and Images of Physcological Slavery by DR NAIM AKBAR ,, read his book and you will understand why.In Brazil they are not allowed to talk about this. They have to live in a racial democracy that doesn’t exist. There is no equality, Brazil was one of the last countries to abolish slavery. And since then they have lived under the myth of a racial democracy. But this democracy is exposed as a lie when we look at the color of the people who live in favelas, the color of the people who are in prison, the color of the people who live from crime. People will tell you in Brazil that our problem is an economic problem, a social problem, anything except racial. But that is just the problem it is racial. Brazilians of African descent are demanding equality.

  14. This article is telling the truth about racism in some countrys in Central and South Amertica.Some people put on blinders and ignore the truth about racial inequality right in front of your eyes.The book to understand the worship of Caucaisan images is called Chains and Images of Physcological Slavery by DR NAIM AKBAR ,, read his book and you will understand why.In Brazil they are not allowed to talk about this. They have to live in a racial democracy that doesn’t exist. There is no equality, Brazil was one of the last countries to abolish slavery. And since then they have lived under the myth of a racial democracy. But this democracy is exposed as a lie when we look at the color of the people who live in favelas, the color of the people who are in prison, the color of the people who live from crime. People will tell you in Brazil that our problem is an economic problem, a social problem, anything except racial. But that is just the problem it is racial. Brazilians of African descent are demanding equality.

  15. André Coutinho True I experienced that in Africa and Asia as well in some areas so what you said is true I can speak from experience and from the experience of others on that.This article is telling the truth about racism in some countrys in Central and South Amertica.Some people put on blinders and ignore the truth about racial inequality right in front of your eyes.The book to understand the worship of Caucaisan images is called Chains and Images of Physcological Slavery by DR NAIM AKBAR ,, read his book and you will understand why.In Brazil they are not allowed to talk about this. They have to live in a racial democracy that doesn’t exist. There is no equality, Brazil was one of the last countries to abolish slavery. And since then they have lived under the myth of a racial democracy. But this democracy is exposed as a lie when we look at the color of the people who live in favelas, the color of the people who are in prison, the color of the people who live from crime. People will tell you in Brazil that our problem is an economic problem, a social problem, anything except racial. But that is just the problem it is racial. Brazilians of African descent are demanding equality.

  16. It's sad but I'll never forget a woman & her daughter who lived in the favelas. She, somehow, saved enough money to actually move into a better neighborhood. Do you want to know what she did with that money? She spent it on plastic surgery for HERSELF. SMDH! She wasn't where she was in life because she was oppressed by the "White" man. She was selfish & ignorant. She held herself & her child back. This happens way more than what we want to admit to. There is no doubt that racial inequality exists but we have to work to do better. Stories like the one I just told should not be happening.

  17. Johnny Kain says:

    I actually experienced this racism pretty much. Where did you go? Brazil is big. While I couldn't stand the racism in Rio I pretty much loved Bahia for its 80% Black people.

  18. David Amadu says:

    Well then isn't it up to us to fix this sort of thing? I have read all those books and I never see a viable solution with the resources and talent Black Americans have we could go to any country and build a better quality of living. But I know that has never crossed your mind just like the idea of leaving America has probably never crossed your mind.

  19. ^LOL THIS is the problem ^.

  20. Check out my book if you want more information on the history of slavery, racism, and affirmative action in Latin America with a stronger focus on Brazil, Ecuador, and Cuba: "Affirmative Actions in Postcolonial Latin America.

  21. Gibson Ampaw says:

    It's only in predominately black countries can we succeed. That's why we need to look up to and give full support to the black countries in Africa and the Carribean

  22. David Amadu says:

    I live in Vidigal favela and I'm opening a business in the favela Nabil Obinece what have you done with your life in the last year since I'm the idiot

  23. you don't know what you're saying!

  24. Black athletes the world over should boycott the 2016 OLYMPIC GAMES TO SHINE THE LIGHT ON THIS ISSUE …… Or at least threaten to.

  25. More about this matter, here: Afro Brasileiros & African Americans (https://www.facebook.com/groups/1432774083619318/?fref=ts).

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