How my mother taught me racial consciousness

Black Women of Brazil

Dulci Lima Author of text, Dulci Lima

Note from BW of Brazil: Continuing with a very important theme here on the blog, we bring you another text on the question of racial identity. And as there are surely people who will read this text and, depending on where in the world they may be from, will ask, “What’s the deal? Of course she’s black.” Well, as has been discussed in previous posts here, persons of African descent in Brazil and other Latin American countries often don’t receive any orientation on the question of race from a society in which they learn that all that is black is bad and thus if it were possible, if one could avoid this classification the better off one would be. But asked about the various terms (“parda”, “mulata”, “morena”) that Brazil offers to her to avoid being labeled or labeling herself with the…

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