• A selective racism

    The world is living one of the worst migration crisis in history. This topic is constantly on the political agenda, with national governments and international organizations addressing it in their speeches and policies. While prejudice against immigrants was somewhat hidden in the arguments for the exit...
  • Discrimination from within

    In 2016, a 24-year-old Portuguese filmmaker named Leonor Teles won the Golden Bear of the Berlin Film Festival for best short film, becoming the youngest person ever to receive the award. This in and of itself should have been news in Portugal. The real reason was...
  • A troublesome miscegenation

    Brazil is well known for its mix of cultures, religions, colors and races. According to the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE), there are 305 officially recognized indigenous ethnicities, in addition to those brought in by historical, regular migratory waves from Europe, Asia, Africa and,...
  • Racism in Portugal against African descendants

    This article is the first in a 4-part series about racial discrimination in Portugal and Brazil. On 13 April 2017, Portugal’s President, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, travelled to Senegal. He visited the House of Slaves in Gorée Island and took advantage of the opportunity to condemn...

Racism has always been a taboo is the Portuguese-speaking world, a phenomenon closely associated with the ideology of the Portuguese as “good colonizers” and Brazil as the model of a post-racial society. But the truth is far more complex and minorities in both countries have long been the victims of institutionalized racism. This series aims to challenge the assumption that racism is not a problem in two lusophone countries: Portugal and Brazil, and demonstrate to what extent there is a denial of both the elite and the people in addressing the issue.


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