Persistence and transformations of Brazilian racism

  • Teresinha Bernardo Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo


The study of race relationships carried aout by the Author in São Paulo, Brazil, in three field researches, one of them still in progress, clearly shows the perpetuation of the racial democracy myth, one of the main pillars on which was developed the Brazilian national consciousness. However, the harmony between whites and blacks and between whites and indians is only apparent and although the Brazilians say they are not racist, the racism is very strong in Brazil, but is projected on the Other. At present there are two main schools of thought: those who affirm the existence of harmony between the different pillars of civil society, and those who affirm the existence of racism, sometimes covered but underlined by the policies of whitening of certain sectors of society.
How to Cite
Bernardo, T. (2015) “Persistence and transformations of Brazilian racism”, Anuac, 3(1), pp. 58-63. doi: 10.7340/anuac2239-625X-150.