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By Robin E. Sheriff

In the 1933 book The Masters and the Slaves, Brazilian student and novelist Gilberto Freyre challenged the racist rules of his day through protecting the “African contribution” to Brazil’s tradition. In so doing, he proposed that Brazil was once rather freed from such a lot varieties of racial prejudice and will most sensible be understood as a “racial democracy.” over the years this view has grown into the preferred fable that racism in Brazil is particularly gentle or nonexistent.

This delusion contrasts starkly with the realities of a pernicious racial inequality that permeates each point of Brazilian lifestyles. to check the grip of this fable on African Brazilians’ perspectives of themselves and their country, Robin E. Sheriff spent twenty months in a basically black shantytown in Rio de Janeiro, learning the inhabitants’s perspectives of race and racism. How, she asks, do bad African Brazilians adventure and interpret racism in a rustic the place its very lifestyles has a tendency to be publicly denied? How is racism referred to privately within the kinfolk and publicly within the community—or is it said at all?

Sheriff’s research is especially vital simply because such a lot Brazilians dwell in city settings, and her exam in their perspectives of race and racism sheds gentle on universal yet underarticulated racial attitudes. This e-book is the 1st to illustrate that city African Brazilians don't sign up for the racial democracy fantasy and realize racism as a significant issue shaping their lives.

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