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By Richard Mann, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - In 2018, Brazil counted 19.2 million people who declared themselves black ("preto"). This is 4.7 million more than in 2012, representing a 32.2 percent increase during the period, according to a survey published this Wednesday by the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE).

"We do not know the specific reason for the increase in declarations. All we can perceive is that in recent years there has been a reinforcement of affirmative policies on color and race," said Adriana Beringuy, an IBGE analyst.

The researcher emphasized . . .

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