Center for Latin American Studies Lecture Series
Dr. Antonio Bacelar da Silva (Tom-Ze), Ph.D.
Friday, January 27
Cesar Chavez Building – Room 105
Black Struggle for Racial Justice in Brazil: the Boundaries, the Limits, and the Possibilities
Abstract: At the core of Brazilian lore is the notion of Brasilidade (Brazilian-ness), the idea that all Brazilians are a blend of African, European, and Indigenous peoples and that there are no racial divisions or distinct racial identities in Brazil. As Brazil takes on a fierce national debate on the anti-discriminatory measures, Brazilians’ commitment to Brasilidade has proved durable. Based on ethnographic fieldwork (2009-2010, 2014-present) with black community organizers in the city of Salvador, Bahia, I explore the boundaries, the limits, and possibilities of black activists’ stated goals of embracing racial differences.