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Saturday, May 28, 2011

CONSCIOUSNESS RISING IN BRAZIL

 For all the folks who read online how mixed up and confused Brazilians it's not that simple.
Where we live at (Salvador, Brazil) Everyone refers to themselves as "Negro" no matter how light or dark skinned they are.  Your online research, something you heard on the street, or seen on TV about Brazil is not good enough.  This is what it really is!
Now this isn't really the 1st time blacks outnumber whites in Brazil.  It's just a reflection in growing pride and self acceptance in the people.

 For the first time, blacks outnumber whites in Brazil.

Brazilians are no longer reluctant to admit being black or ‘pardo,’ experts said.

Special to the Miami Herald

In the past decade, famously mixed-race Brazilians either became prouder of their African roots, savvier with public policies benefiting people of color or are simply more often darker skinned , depending on how you read the much-debated new analysis of the census here.

Brazilian Singer Negra Li
A recently released 2010 survey showed that Brazil became for the first time a “majority minority” nation, meaning less than half the population now identifies as white.

Every minority racial group – officially, “black,” “pardo” (mixed), “yellow” and “indigenous” – grew in absolute numbers since 2000. “White” was the only group that shrank in both absolute numbers and percentage, becoming 48 percent of the population from 53 percent 10 years ago.

Experts say the shift reflects a growing comfort in not calling oneself white in order to prosper in Brazil and underscores the growing influence of
popular culture. Paula Miranda-Ribeiro, a demographer at the Federal University of Minas Gerais, said another factor was the increase in bi-racial unions with mixed-race kids.

While Americans look at race as a question of origin, Brazilians largely go by appearance, so much so that the children of the same parents could mark different census categories, she said.

“In this decade there was a greater valorization [of blacks] and people today have less reluctance [to call themselves black or pardo]” she said. “ White is not necessarily better.”

People who declared themselves black on the census grew to about 14.5 million, now 7.6 percent of Brazil’s 190 million, while pardo (loosely translated as “brown”), grew to 82.3 million, 43.1 percent of the population.

The demographics of Brazil, the largest country of African descendants outside of Nigeria, are often compared to the United States, since both have an extensive legacy of slavery.

Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/05/23/2231323/for-the-first-time-blacks-outnumber.html#ixzz1NdtOlskj

  

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