Monday, August 11, 2008

Where is Brazil's Barack Obama?

"It has taken a long time for a black presidential candidate to appear in the US. In Brazil, which is said to have the largest number of people of African descent outside Nigeria, there are no black or mixed-race political leaders with any chance of standing as presidential candidates in the foreseeable future."

Read the full story by John Fitzpatrick, a regular contributor at

In spite of the oft-repeated assertion here (by white folks, generally) that there is no racism in Brazil, at least not to the degree there is in the United States, it only takes a mildly conscious eye to see the racial stratification and subsequent consequences - all around. The legacy of slavery/racism is tough to work through - in the US as well as Brazil.

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