Globalpost.com has a wonderful piece on Blacks in Brazil, racism and the Barack Obama effect.
"Racism is camouflaged. People call you 'neguinho' [a diminutive of 'negro'] and they think they're being affectionate. They call you 'black with a white soul.' We still haven't accomplished in our society what black Americans have in theirs…
As much as black people, regardless of continent of birth or native language, choose to deny their blackness. They are who they are and nothing will change that.
The after effects of white supremacy in a country of which the majority of people are actually people of color yet most do not identify as black is worthy of discussion, analysis and change.
Official name: República Federativa do Brasil (Federative Republic of Brazil).
Form of government: multiparty federal republic with 2 legislative houses (Senate ; Chamber of Deputies ).
Chief of state and government: President.
Population (1998): 161,766,000.
Population projection: (2000) 165,561,000; (2010) 181,918,000.
Natural increase rate per 1,000 population (1996): 11.6 (world avg. 15.7).
Gross national product (1996): U.S.$709,591,000,000 (U.S.$4,400 per capita).
Land use (1994): forested 57.7%; meadows and pastures 21.9%; agricultural and under permanent cultivation 6.0%; other 14.4%.
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