Every day millions of Afro-Brazilians experience racism. From the family living room, where darker skinned children are often discriminated against, to Church pews, barbershops, classrooms, and the Halls of Congress, racism gnaws at the fabric of Brazilian society.

Kathleen Bond
 Maryknoll Mission Association of the Faithful

Most Brazilians have not really come to grips with Brazil's violent history and the continued violence that the legacy of slavery and racism has engendered. . . Afro-Brazilians have systematically been victims of brutality and violence by people in authority. . . Today Afro-Brazilians are drastically under-represented in all top and middle management professions, on television and in the cinema, and in the media at large. They are over-represented in poorly paid jobs, in the favelas and in prison. . . .Brazilian employers harbour prejudices and stereotypes about black people which allow them to deny opportunities to well-qualified Afro-Brazilians in many professions.

Darién J Davis 
Afro-Brazilians: Time for Recognition, Minority Rights Group International, 1999