I am Afro-Brazilian 2 thoughts on “I am Afro-Brazilian” Add yours Sou Carioca! I love your article and Eu amo Brasil, I totally understand this blog..the sexual objectification of dark skinned brasilian women is one of the first observations/ encounters I saw/ experienced especially in Copacabana at certain “bars” where male tourists frequent, Avenida Atlantica, and looks given to me prior to realizing I am American…However, my question is how successful were you in making friends w Black Brasilian women other than Patricia, I have been coming to Brasil for couple of years and I speak more than enough Portuguese to get around and communicate yet all of my interactions have been w men and you know how that goes. LikeLike Reply Hi Nicole! Thanks for your comment. I spoke with quite a few Black Brasilian women however not many would actually call themselves “Afro/African-Brazilian”. The discrimination/racism non-white Brazilians go though means they can’t deny there is a “race” issue. However I think the link with Africa is still a bit distant. Much of it is due to lack of education. If all you hear about Africa is negative – from slavery to poverty – you probably wouldn’t want to associate yourself with that heritage (generally speaking). Which is why I wanted to highlight Patricia! She’s embraced her African heritage whilst still being proudly Brazilian. It’s really refreshing. Bahia, especially Salvador is a different story however. “Black” Brazilians there have done a great job preserving and celebrating their African heritage… I always say I left my heart in Salvador! It was a magical experience I haven’t got around to writing about… LikeLike Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here... Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Email (required) (Address never made public) Name (required) Website You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Google account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Twitter account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Facebook account. ( Log Out / Change ) Cancel Connecting to %s Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.