Yes, Brazil is a racist country

By terça-feira, janeiro 03, 2017 , ,



Yes, Brazil is a racist country. I know, it doesn't make sense if you have any previous knowledge about how many multiple races there are in this country. It should be one of the most tolerant places in the world, instead, natives frequently face more racists attitudes here than where people are known for being prejudiced.
It is complicated to explain why this reality is how it is. Mainly because the racism occurs most against black people. Of course, there are jokes about the population from any nationality, who keeps their descending physical characters. It is a bad behavior but there is no offensive intonation, except when is about blacks.
Though 52.9% of the citizens are black, we have an unachievable beauty standard; the European's one. Brazilians frequently super value white people with straight and blond hair, and a small nose. Far be it from me to quiz this pattern, after all, the Europeans are really beautiful.
What I mean is that it is obviously insane to add this standard to our reality. But that was what happened for decades in Brazil. The black people were considered ugly due their color and characteristics, especially their curly hairs.
For ages, straighteners and hair dryers were a way to solve a prejudice problem. Women started to change their own hair using these outputs and also chemical products to fit the society requirements. Thereby, black women were considered less ugly. Not to mention they were having plastic surgery to "fix" their noses.
In Brazil, the most blacks are poor or miserable. It is a slavery heritage. Slaves were released without any condition to live a dignity life, contributing to the emergence of slums (favelas). That is why the majority Brazilians who are black are also poor.
Here, if you turn the TV on, you will watch commercials, novels, and programs presented by white people. To give you a panorama, the first time that a black person was a protagonist in a Brazilian's novel was in 2010. It was a woman, who wore her curly hair, but was a rich model.
She could not be black, woman and poor at the same time at prime time on the TV. She would not be accepted by the audience. Yes, the majority of the population is considered black, but just since 2010. Before that, in the previous census made by the government, the most of the people considered themselves as "pardo" (grayish-brown).
In the last decade, the things started to change. Black people decided to impose themselves, denouncing racists’ attacks and acts. These attitudes were responsible for making the law against racism, implemented in 1989, works. Besides, men and women began to wear their natural hair as a way to antagonize the imposition of the white culture.
Since blacks got some voice to express their indignation against injustices, the reality has been changing. Kids have been taught to respect any race and admire all kind of beauty. The society is more tolerant; however, there is still a lot to do transforming Brazilian's mentality.


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