Immigrants During The 19th Century

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Around the 1920s, immigrants began to fight back by joining labor movements or bought themselves out of the wage labor market. Eventually, immigrants grew more unfavorable to planters, and the white elites eventually discontinued the state’s immigration policies. Consequently, planters reluctantly employed Afro-Brazilians. Although resentment and prejudice existed, “images of black laziness and incompetence that once served to justify planters’ and industrialists’ unwillingness to hire libertos and other Afro-Brazilians” also lost relevance because such images no longer had excluding power (Andrews 236). Although such ideologies fell from public view for most of the rest of the 20th century, it “remained alive and active in the Brazilian consciousness” which is well exploited in modern day Brazil. After the failure to keep Afro-Brazilians subjugated through immigration policies, the white elites’ utilized their power over RSAs to further instill “racial democracy” in order to blind Brazilians the persevering existence of the racial hierarchy. To further whiten the Brazilian population, the 1940s census erased its race question in favor for a more “Brazilian race” to convey a false sense of non-conflicted racial intermingling and racial democracy. In reality, it served as a “barometer for how Negroes and Indians are continuing to disappear… and that Brazil is taking from old Europe – citadel of the white races” (Hernández 68). Realizing the danger of the state’s decision,
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