Social Abyss Divides Blacks and Whites in Brazil from Childbirth

In a country whose far-right politicians hotly dispute the existence of racial inequality, the cold-blooded data reflect the highest illiteracy rate , the lowest wages, and the most violent deaths among blacks and mulattos.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - One hundred and thirty-one years have passed since the abolition of slavery, but Brazil is still far from being a democracy in racial terms.

The scars of exploitation that lasted more than three centuries and the lack of restorative public policies in adequate numbers, are reflected in the low rates of well-being of the majority of the population comprising blacks and mulattos (a share that corresponds to 55.8 percent of Brazilians), when compared to the average population and to whites.

And yet, the country that in recent decades has seen the debate on . . .

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