Racism And Discrimination In Numbers

Newspaper Folha de São Paulo published a special section yesterday about racism in the country, with new data gathered by Datafolha this year, compared to a research conducted back in 1995. Here are some of the statistics featured in the new research.

In 1995, 50% of the people interviewed considered themselves white, 29% mixed, and 12% black. The number of people who considered themselves white dropped to 37% this year, and the number of people who considered themselves mixed and black rose to 36% and 14%, respectively. This data is cohesive with census researches from 2007, which noted that for the first time ever the number of mixed and black people was larger than the number of white people. One of the possible reasons for that change is the fact that in average mixed and black women have had more children than white women in the past ten years. Another reason is the fact that over the last 10 years people who used to identify themselves as white have started to think of themselves as mixed.

When asked if they had prejudice against black people, 3% of the people interviewed answered yes. In 1995, that number was 11%.

When asked if they had ever felt discriminated because of the color of their skin, 84% answered no. Out of the 16% who answered yes, 41% was black and 15% was mixed. The number of people who had answered that they felt discriminated because of skin color in 1995 was 22%.

According to census research from 2007, the 10% poorest population is constituted 68.1% of black and mixed people. Out of the 10% richest in the country, only of 21.9% is black or mixed. The numbers in 1995 were almost the same, 67.5% and 17.3%.

The number of black and mixed students at university level has risen from 18% to 31%. 51% of the people interviewed by Datafolha were in favor of affirmative action, while 39% were against it. 40% agreed with the idea that there should be a certain required percentage of black characters in movies, soaps, and advertising, while 50% disagreed.

150,000 black students are supposed to graduated and enter the job market until 2013, thanks to affirmative action. 49% of white people support the implementation of a system which would reserve 20% of all jobs in public and private companies to black people. 55% of black people interviewed supported the idea.

When asked which group suffers the most prejudice in the country, 56% answered blacks and mixed people, 21% answered poor people, and 8% answered homosexuals.

The Datafolha research interviewed 2,982 people in 213 cities across the country. I have read the entire section of Folha de São Paulo about it, and wish it were available in English so that I could post it here, especially considering there is often a racial debate in the comments section.


Thank you for posting this.

You could still post the article, Portuguese or no. Some of your readers understand Portuguese, after all.

You would have to be a subscriber at Folha de São Paulo to have access to the entire article online as I do not have permission to reprint it or post it on the blog. The entire feature was about 12 pages long in the printed special section of the paper on Sunday. I tried my best to feature some of the data I found more relevant to many of the discussions generated here on the blog.

This is great information. Glad to see there has been some progress on racial perceptions in Brazil.

Well, thanks Made In Brazil! Good post!

Thank you for this info. It is good to see that racism might be receding in Brasil, just as it might be receding in USA. What your site should do is show more men of colour. All god's male children are beautiful, of course, but god did something extra special with men of colour. Don't know what it is but it is beautiful!

As I always say, find me pictures that are relevant and I will be more than happy to post them. It is easy to complain without knowing all the work that goes into getting the right material.

Thanks for the information. I've been reading 'made in brazil' for a little over a year and while I, like others, wish there was more diversity in the models shown,I do believe you make more effort than most to show all shades of brazil. it is appreciated. thanks!

I have commented several times about the lack of people of color on your blog and you have always explained things and been very respectful while doing so.

Thank you.

I can't imagine that NO agencies have black models or at least mixed ones to feature. Or lacking that, some that have eaten in the last few weeks? LOL!

Keep up the good work and PLEASE add a little variety to the guys you feature no matter what color. Lately, I've stopped looking everyday because i was bored looking at the same guy (it semms like it) all of the time. By not tuning in today I would have missed the tragic flooding story.

...liked the postings overall, esp. Guillermo's! Remember Brasil abolished slavery in the latter 1880's.

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