Can interracial marriage really improve a nation's race relations?
In Brazil, people of different ethnic groups have intermarried, giving the impression of a country that is a racial democracy. Problem is: this aint the case. Pick a newspaper, turn on the TV, take a walk on the streets and you will see a country plagued with racial segregation.
According to the article 'In Brazil, decades of intermarriage haven't changed whites' supremacy: Blacks, mulattoes a majority but still struggle in society', "In Brazil, whites are at the top of the social pyramid, dominating professions of wealth, prestige and power. Dark-skinned people are at the bottom of the heap, left to clean up after others and take care of their children and the elderly." And as the author advices, this is a lesson the U.S. should learn in our transmission to a "majority-minority" nation: "How racial integration in social life does not always translate to economic equality, and how centuries of racial mixing are no guaranteed route to a colorblind society."
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Much as there has been decades of intermarriage in Brazil, much as there are more non-whites in Brazil that there are whites, racism of exclusion still exists. "People aren't used to seeing black people in positions of power," says Nubia de Lima, a 29-year-old black producer for Globo television network. "It doesn't exist. They see you are black and naturally assume that you live in a favela (hillside slum) and you work as a housekeeper."
We are now seeing more interracial marriages in the U.S. People are more accepting of interracial dating and marriage. Question is: has this improved our race relations? Are we becoming a true color-blind nation or is this just another case of Brazil?
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