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Where Post-Whiteness Leads By Paul Walker

     Brazil is looked on by the new class as the model for future multi-racial societies, where Whites have been absorbed into the browns and disappear. I remember a cartoon that I saw in the 1960s, which went along the lines of “To solve the problem of race riots, get rid of the blacks, get rid of the whites, and keep the browns.” Nice idealistic sentiment, but there are problems of its own with this: http://foreignpolicy.com/2017/04/05/brazils-new-problem-with-blackness-affirmative-action/.

     Brazil’s elites once called their nation a “racial democracy,” which they contrasted to the United States, which was a flawed democracy because of slavery. But, contrary to this founding myth, 5.5 million Africans were forcibly transported to Brazil, while only 500,000 were brought to America – my, with all that guilt one would have thought that there were billions.

     In any case, Brazil instituted affirmative action programs, to make things up for the ancestors of slaves, who are not slaves and never were.
Here is the problem: 43 percent of Brazil’s citizens identify as mixed race, and 30 percent identifying as White have black ancestors. This created enormous problems for dishing out the goods of guilt in affirmative action programs. Race boards now examine university applicants, and affirmative action race tribunals are now going back to 19th century racialist measures, such as measuring skull shape and nose width. Points for blackness are awarded, to ensure that only black applicants are awarded affirmative action places.
Such are the modern absurdities of the “racial democracy.”

 

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