Abstract

Brazil is commonly viewed as a racial paradise on the world front due to its highly mixed-race population. Compared to the United States and South Africa, race-based discriminatory laws and racially motivated violence in Brazil have been absent. Despite these factors, African descendants in Brazil have been at a socioeconomic disadvantage since the nation's birth. Brazilian anthropologist Gilberto Freyre put forth the racial democracy ideology, stating that anyone can ascend the socioeconomic ladder no matter their race. This thesis opposes the racial democracy theory by exposing the various aspects in which Afro-Brazilians are systemically oppressed. In education, jobs & wages, living conditions, and violence, Afro-Brazilians are disproportionately hindered, causing generational cycles of poverty.

Thesis Completion

2021

Semester

Spring

Thesis Chair

Sousa, Sandra

Degree

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

College

College of Arts and Humanities

Department

Modern Languages

Degree Program

Latin American Studies

Language

English

Access Status

Open Access

Release Date

5-1-2021

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