We are empowered black women! We will not whiten ourselves anymore

Black Women of Brazil

Women of the Encrespa Movement in Paranã, Tocantins.                             Women of the Encrespa Movement in Paranã, Tocantins

Note from BW of Brazil:This is the type of inspiring material we love to bring you hear on BW of Brazil! I’m sure somewhere out there, in Brazil as well as outside of the country, there are people who are scratching their heads and going, “why so much focus on the issues of hair and identity?” Well, simply put, if you didn’t grow up in Brazil, or really anywhere where Africans and their descendants live, you wouldn’t understand the pressure of growing up under a system that silently tries to destroy your very existence, emotionally, psychologically and in the case of Brazil’s policy of whitening its population, literally physically! Millions of Afro-Brazilian women (and men) grow up with an ideology of whitening themselves from the…

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