A princess with an afro struggles against racism

Black Women of Brazil


Note from BW of Brazil: Dealing with racism in a country like Brazil can be a challenging daily struggle, particularly as most of the nation’s citizens never admit to be racist. As the issue of what is classified as “good hair” and what is “bad hair” is so deeply ingrained in the nation’s culture, many black women don’t even want to deal with the regular harassment and thus choose to use some sort of chemical treatment to straighten their hair. Decades ago, the situation was even worse. But fortunately today, more and more Afro-Brazilian women are finding pride in their natural hair and are choosing to reject straightening techniques in an increasingly popular demonstration of black pride. In the story below, yet another woman describes her journey and experiences as a black woman with natural hair in Brazil. 

A princess with an afro struggles against racism


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