Saturday, April 25th 2009 - 07:40 UTC

Black population becomes the majority in Brazil

Brazil and its almost 200 million population is no longer a country of white majority. The credit now belongs to the 49.6% black or mulatto population compared to the 49.4% defined as white and this is set to increase in coming years with that percentage increasing to 54, according to a recent report from the Rio do Janeiro Federal University.

Professor Antonio Paixao from the Rio University’s Economy Institute believes that since Brazil is no longer a white majority country, “we need a policy of diversity”, which is a great challenge for the political establishment.

The black birth rate is also higher than that of the whites or Europeans descendents, so the big question is whether Brazil is prepared to face the fact that blacks and mulattos are becoming a solid majority, and how this will influence legislation, asks Paixao.

But current reality shows another picture, with a considerable degree of discrimination for the blacks: the basic food basket for a black person demands 76 hours of work compared to the average 54 hours for a white person.

Similarly illiteracy among blacks runs as high as 20%, but only 6% for whites.

Since Brazil was the last country in the region to grant slaves freedom in 1888, blacks have always been at a disadvantage in education and work opportunities, points out Paixao.

Similarly, access to tertiary education for blacks is far more up road, since most of them are condemned to work to subsist, while white families can afford to pay for their children’s education.

The administration of President Lula da Silva is credited with having invested heavily in the social and economic integration of the black people, for example by imposing a policy of quotas for blacks in universities.

Nevertheless power in Brazil rests in the whites who hold the strategic posts in politics and the economy.

But some blacks have had outstanding careers, mainly in sports and the arts. One of them is the world famous former football star Pelé and another the musician-composer Gilberto Gil. Both have held cabinet posts, but as a white initiative towards supporting diversity.

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1 Ben (#) Apr 25th, 2009 - 07:34 pm Report abuse
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2 its me (#) Apr 26th, 2009 - 10:14 pm Report abuse
White people kill me when they feel their race is becoming a “minority” please. No matter what your stastics look like. You guys will continue to be in power no matter what! That is until the second coming of christ. See the blacks that you see in brazil, cuba, latin america an all other nations are a product of the -Israelites that's spoken about in the bible. We will never be ahead of any other race until eveything comes to pass. So all you white folks out there don't
Worry about nunbers be yourself. U won't have to paint your face black. its still yall time while on this earth! Enjoy it while it last!
3 CaribBlack (#) Apr 27th, 2009 - 12:36 am Report abuse
Ben, I can certainly understand you wanting to be one of us. However, you'll just have to deal with what God didn't give you. Sorry, honey.
4 rdavis (#) Apr 27th, 2009 - 12:54 am Report abuse
the sad thing is as soon as those blacks get successful they marry out instead of lifting their own - that in itself slows progress.
5 truth (#) Apr 27th, 2009 - 02:35 am Report abuse
Any one who knows the history of Brazil knows that the most Black people outside of Africa itself are located in Brazil. They have always been the majority but the system of racism has tried to keep that from the rest of the world. Most people of color (mixed race) wanted to identify with the “majority”. Its the same with Cubans and Puerto Ricans.
6 KevinHall (#) Apr 27th, 2009 - 04:14 am Report abuse
I was talking about this fact on my last show. This is why Lula is so eager to embrace Obama and distances himself from “Blond Blue Eyed” people who bring about hardship. Check it out on
7 reader (#) Apr 27th, 2009 - 05:48 am Report abuse
i feel sorry for those people they dont have money to feed 1 kid but they keep having them cant understand is so sadddddddddd
8 jen247 (#) Apr 27th, 2009 - 07:03 am Report abuse
Yes. . . who ever posted this is ignorant!!!
When the slave ships were dropping Africans off in different countries. . . BRAZIL got 50% of the africans!!!! brazilians are more black than black Americans! Doctors from West Africa still make voyages to Brazil to get old healing remedies that were brought with them in the “trade”!

Read a BOOK. . . Learn Your History!
9 Interesting (#) Apr 27th, 2009 - 07:13 am Report abuse
That was ignorant Jen247, I agree with you. That is true of what you are saying about the Brazilians; I am of Dominican/African/Caucasian/Native American descent. So what happened in Brazil, it also happened in the Caribbean.
Jen247, Thank you for posting for peeps to Read a book and learn their history b/c what was posted was deemed very ignorant!
10 real talk (#) Apr 27th, 2009 - 08:56 am Report abuse
Why is it that every other race all ways have someting to say about the black race like they are so perfect...... and to the comment above about blacks marring out side the race in order for them to do that the women in the other race have to like black men so it sounds like you have a problem with your women wanting black men so if all black men or women marry out side the race its good for us because you know the baby is going to look more black and thats your problem... Its also funny to me that everybody seems to be an expert on black history but when you ask them about their history they dont know weird isnt it.....
11 The truth (#) Apr 27th, 2009 - 09:12 am Report abuse
Why do black latinos try so hard to get away from being african descent?? Like dominicans you can find a dominican as dark as the night and he will tell you that he is not of african decent but all negro latinos are like that.... Like the comment above when 9 intresting says she is mixed with all those different ethnic groups evrybody in the western world is mixed. Negro latinos are are really funny to me but if you notice the latin world dosent accept them just look at the spanish televison stations........ Its not jus the dominicans but ALL NEGRO LATINOS BE HAPPY WITH HOW GOD MADE YOU.... just think if African Americans, Negro latinos, Hatians, Jamacans, Africans (all of the africans) get to gether it would be so beautiful..and that's why they keep Negro Latinos ignorant to the real history of the natives and the africans so that the small white can stay in charge...... Think about it....
12 MariYah (#) Apr 27th, 2009 - 09:22 am Report abuse
All so called blacks of all nations that the children of Ysrayl were dispersed. Search your history. We ARE the children of Israel, spoken of in the good book. The Bible., We dont die, we multiply, HalleluYah
13 Ben (#) Apr 27th, 2009 - 06:08 pm Report abuse
I fail to see how my comment could be seen as racist, in fact what it was mentioning was the fact that selecting people purely on skin colour for entry to university is racist in itself, so whoever deleted my comment as 'racist' is in fact a racist themselves. Saying that whites are an ethnic minority in Brazil is in fact, a fact. Black majority therefore, are discriminating against white minority with university quotas.
14 Ben (#) Apr 27th, 2009 - 06:11 pm Report abuse
The above will be my last comment as obviously freedom of speech is not tolerated on what I thought was a good website. What a shame.
15 Wanda (#) Apr 27th, 2009 - 07:49 pm Report abuse
I also agree with jen247...from time Brazil was a majority black country..why is this revelation so shocking to some!! Pick up a book people!! Its so sad that some dont want to realize that the majority of earth's human population IS BLACK!! Get a grip on reality and accept it fools!! But what difference does it “its me” also said nothing is going to change until Christs' second coming!! It's about that time anyways!!!
16 tony (#) Apr 27th, 2009 - 09:41 pm Report abuse
truth + history + education =equality
17 Galarza (#) Apr 27th, 2009 - 10:01 pm Report abuse
NO DUH!!!! Portugal was the biggest importer of Slaves! Remember everyone, that the Portugese started the Slave trade!! Hence, Majority of Black population!
18 The Optimist (#) Apr 27th, 2009 - 10:40 pm Report abuse
I'm not really all that surprised. Brazil was the largest importer of slaves in the New World. It actually became feasible to supply colonial America, Cuba, and the Caribbean with slaves from Brazil. The Afro-Brazilian population dwarfs the African-American population today.

Latin America is rife with racism, prejudice, and skewed senses of superiority. During the colonial eras Latin American was dominated by the Spanish who implemented strict caste systems.
These caste systems known as the Casta and it ranked races and ethnicities as followed:
Spaniards born on the European continent: Peninsulares
Spaniards born on New World soil: Criollos
Native Americans
People with a mix of Indian and Spanish ancestry: Mestizos, Castizos, Cholos,
People with a mix of Spanish and African ancestry: Mulattos
People with a mix of Indian and African ancestry: Zambos

The remnants of the Casta still linger on today. African heritage is looked upon disapprovingly. Observe television on Latin American networks. Look at the mannerisms and behaviors of Black Latinos It has been reported that underground para-military, black ops Brazilians government organizations are responsible for the undocumented deaths of hundreds of thousands of Black and mixed ancestry orphans that wander slums.

The maltreatment of Afro-Brazilians will soon diminish. The legacy of the African-American civil rights movement and Obama's presidency have inspired these people to demand and protest for fair treatment. The Afro-Brazilian civil rights movement is nearing
19 jen247 (#) Apr 28th, 2009 - 10:19 am Report abuse
*To The Optimist**

Preach on!!!

I feel you. . .
20 Originaldna (#) Apr 28th, 2009 - 10:08 pm Report abuse
People stop the division, once you have African blood, look African, you’re an African, and do you actually think white people care what % of whose blood you have. Divide and Concor

Until we come together as a united front white people will continue prey on us like parasites, they have since time began. Wake the hell up.
21 zulia (#) Apr 29th, 2009 - 05:16 am Report abuse
to optimist and other intelligent minds preach on. I want to add to the conversation by pointing out that all people are Africans. The Black woman can bare a child of all colors regardless of the Black father. Two dark people can make an albino child. They are all over Africa. The ancient scientists breeded albinos together for many years until it was enough for their own race. When they were too troublesome with lying and stealing (something that wasn't done during those times but taught to them as an experiment) they were escorted across the deserts of what is now the middle east into europe, up into the caves of the Caucus Mountains (hence the title Caucasian) for hundreds of years until Moses brought them out. They had fine hair, light colored eyes and alabaster skin all because they were in the cold climate for so long. The redness of the albino skin subsided. Unfortunately for the whole planet, they were plagues with diseases that wiped out the heavily populated Black Moores who lived all over Europe, in addition, all the orginal Egyptians of African descent, South African and American Indians to name a few. Do some research, find out why the Pope himself has to pray to the Black Madonna and child statue in Poland. Look into the history of the ancient architecture in places like Prague. People who thought the world was flat could have never built such structures that were based on science and astrology such as the Moores education. There is so much to this history. I think white Americans would have accepted this truth the way foreign whites do if society hasn't lied to them for so long giving them a false sense of superiority. Everywhere was black. China used to be called Indochina as well as indonisia and India all mean black in translation. Buddah himself was a blue-black fat man with slanted eyes. Peace to all.
22 jen247 (#) Apr 29th, 2009 - 08:24 am Report abuse
*To Zulia*
I did not know that about buddah. . . Thank you for schooling me on this.

The Greates fear to white america is the educated negro. . .

Thank you again.
23 KOOL (#) Apr 30th, 2009 - 02:39 am Report abuse
someone made a sill comment..Afrikans in Brazil are the same ones in America afrikan somed mixed with euro or some native american tribe depends on the family we all came from Wafrica orginated in East afrika..Those people in Brazil are DNA technically related to us(black americanS)
24 jen247 (#) May 01st, 2009 - 09:02 am Report abuse
** To 24 Kool**

Yes. True. But because there were so many West Africans sent to brazil, I would believe that their ties are less diluted. Meaning, Brazilians have stronger roots and ties to West Africa. Brazilians still today hold more West African Traditions that we do here. thats what my comment was about.

Slaves sent to America, were first seasoned in the Caribbeans. America very seldomly bought slaves that were straight from africa. They bought younger people that were born into slavery. So slavery was all that they knew.

I wasnt speaking about race wise, nor DNA relations. Just Traditions and roots.

but i feel you on the mixing part. . . There were alot of slaves that escaped to Mexico, so Im sure mixed themselves there as well. . . Africans sailed with Cortez around the world, and for 700 years Africans Lived in Spain. So if someone tells you their Spanish . . Theire roots have African in them . . .

Which is were
**The Optimist** cast sytem came to play. . becasue they wanted to have a pure spanish Race. . . but some families could buy their way to a higher Cast system. So a Mulatto could pay to make him and his family Mestizos!

Its crazy! it blows my mind about all this history. . .

But everyone have a GOOD DAY!!!!

“Knowledge is power!!!”
25 Oscar (#) May 02nd, 2009 - 11:54 pm Report abuse
Stamp out christians fascists let's use churches cathedrals and all religions buldings to house homeless people around the world,ban stupid belief of deities or better yet let's round up all believers i.e. idiots and packed either in poland or israel these two most graceless nations.

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