Essay on Race Relations in Brazil

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The purpose of this paper is to recognize, study and analyze the race relations in Brazil. Race relations are relations between two groups of different races; it is how these two different races connect to each other in their environment. Since Brazil is racially diverse, this study is focused on how Brazilians relate to each other. Throughout the essay, it will become clear that there exists a conflict between two race groups. Afro-Brazilians and White-Brazilians are not connected and though these two groups converse with each other, discrimination still lies within the society. This discrimination has created inequality within the society for Afro-Brazilians. Thus, this paper will not only focus on racism and discrimination that…show more content…
Thus, Brazil was the last country to abolish slavery. African Americans endured a great deal of hardships because of the Portuguese settlers. In order to increase the population in Brazil, the Portuguese sexually abused African Americans and mixed race women. Telles explains, “…mixed-race Brazilians were largely spawned through sexual violence throughout the period of slavery, although cohabitation and marriage between whites and non-whites was not uncommon” (Telles 2004: 25). Although, some women in Brazil agreed to marriage with Portuguese men, the majority did not approve of the idea. Whether the non-white women agreed or disagreed they still had the children of the Europeans. Through the misery, Brazil gained their independence. After the Portuguese migrated out of Brazil to Europe, Brazil began to develop their own country. In hopes of gaining their freedom after the Portuguese migrated from Brazil, they did not receive equality, but discrimination and racism within the society. The majority of the population in Brazil is predominantly Pretos and Pardos; there are very few “white” Brazilians in Brazil. Pretos are people who a very dark skinned, “black”. Pardos are considered as people who are a little bit lighter, “brown”. Though there are few “whites” in Brazil, “white” Brazilians still feel they are superior and still have a control over Brazil.
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