The Difference Between Black Brazil and Black U.S.

by Italo Ramos

African Americans sometimes embarrass themselves, often without know it, by assuming that others from the Diaspora see the world in the same way as themselves. Blacks from other nations are also frequently puzzled and confused by U.S. Black behavior, and even the concept of Blackness that prevails in the United States. Afro-Brazilian journalist Italo Ramos shares his notebook of impressions on the ways being Black - and the assumptions of whites - are different in the two countries. One example: in Brazil, affirmative action in education is spreading like wildfire, while in the U.S. it is under whithering assault. The author explores the reasons why. Read more