‘Negro’- Negão in Rio de Janeiro
“Is it bad to be Black in Brazil?”
“It’s bad to be Black in the world.”
The video that started it all! During my trip to Rio Carnival, we happened upon a Brazilian man who discussed color descriptors in Brazil. Negão being one of them, and a name his brother calls him. He said although the African-descended population in the U.S. is 13%, there is a Black president but doubts he will see the same in his lifetime, in Brazil where the African-descended population is significantly more.
Brazil did have an African-descended president, albeit before Rafael’s time. Nilo Procópio Peçanha was disputably the only mulatto president of Brazil. He was Governor of Rio de Janeiro State (1903–1906), then elected Vice-President of Brazil in 1906. He assumed the presidency in 1909 following the death of President Afonso Pena and served until 1910.
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