Analysis: Blacks Will Be Oppressed as Long as Brazil Fails to Recognize Ingrained Racism

"Brazilians believe that there is racial hate out there, not here. They believe that we live in a racial democracy, happy and free from conflict. This is the perversity of our racism," says attorney and sociologist José Vicente.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Racial inequality scholars say that for the fight against discrimination of the black population to produce consistent results, there is a decisive step that we Brazilians have not yet taken: to accept that we are, indeed, racist - either as individuals or as a society.

According to philosopher and jurist Silvio Almeida, president of the Luiz Gama Institute (NGO working for racial equality) and professor at Mackenzie . . .

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