The danger of cultural appropriation – the ongoing whitening of Brazilian history


Note from BW of Brazil: This is a followup report to a piece from Friday night. Over the years we have seen numerous examples of the appropriation of black culture and whitening of Black History, both in Brazil and in other countries. What is the danger of and what precedent do these types representations present to a population in which more than half identifies itself as non-white and that is still vastly under-educated when historically black figures are consistently co-opted and presented as white? It’s even more alarming when we consider the fact there is still resistance to the law that was established over a decade ago to address black invisibility in Brazilian History continues.

Let’s not misunderstand the question. This is not to say that there aren’t non-blacks who never participated in this culture and history, but often, if not most times, ancestors of these whites did all that was possible to repress these expressions of black culture. Years later, they find ways to exploit these same cultures to earn profits while simultaneously whitening the faces and figures involved in the creation. It is an ongoing practice in Brazil and so it is with a new controversy in Rio de Janeiro, the site of the 2016 Olympics.

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Note from BW of Brazil: This is a followup report to a piece from Friday night. Over the years we have seen numerous examples of the appropriation of black culture and whitening of Black History, both in Brazil and in other countries. What is the danger of and what precedent do these types representations present to a population in which more than half identifies itself as non-white and that is still vastly under-educated when historically black figures are consistently co-opted and presented as white? It’s even more alarming when we consider the fact there is still resistance to the law that was established over a decade ago to address black invisibility in Brazilian History continues

Let’s not misunderstand the question. This is not to say that there aren’t non-blacks who never participated in this culture and history, but often, if not most times, ancestors of these whites…

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