Re: BRAZIL: Racism and the end of slavery
Istvan Simon, who grew up in Brazil, writes: Professor Hilton remarks about subtle racial discrimination in Brazil are true. Nonetheless, I think that there is greater racial harmony in Brazil than in the United States. This is so even though the United States has gone much farther than Brazil has in eliminating all vestiges of racial discrimination in law, and even inventing the rather dubious reverse discrimination concept, normally known by its euphemism of "affirmative action". The racial harmony I speak of is noy of laws but of everyday customs. There are more mixed marriages in Brazil, and in fact the Brazilian "whites" often have black blood in their dna, which explains the darker hues of skin color in the Brazilian population. Brazilians highly prize the beauty of mulatas, who are immortalized in uncountable number of popular songs. There is a saying that the best invention of the Portuguese are the mulatas. All of these cultural tidbits point to very relaxed racial attitudes existing in Brazilian society.