Since moving to Brazil two years ago, I have slowly been deconstructing the image I created of Brazil as a child and teenager. Too young to read into subtleties, I was never able to see beyond the veiled nature of racism that is rife in Brazil. Out there, Brazil is known as a racial democracy, a place where the people gather to samba, eat, drink and play football. Without a doubt this country has sold the image it desired to create to the outside world: a post-racial society where racism doesn’t exist.
But if you read between the lines you will pick up on social inequalities. This article by the Globe and Mail is one of the best out there thus far in English that sums up the subtleties extremely well.