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Are all/most Brazilians dark skinned?

Asked by MagyarKiwi (4points) 3 weeks ago

Are all/most Brazilians dark skinned?

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JLeslie's avatar

What’s dark? Brazilians come in many different skin shades, just like all of the Americas.

snowberry's avatar

“Brazil’s census addresses ethnicity and race by categorizing people mainly by skin color. It asks people to place themselves into one of a number of categories, some of which would seem unusual to an American or European. As well as ‘indigenous’ (the smallest category), Brazilians are asked to report whether they believe they are white, black, brown or yellow.

The results of the census indicated that 92 million (48%) Brazilians were white, 83 million (44%) were brown, 13 million (7%) were black, 1.1 million (0.50%) were yellow and 536,000 (0.25%) were indigenous. This method of classifying race is controversial within Brazil, and IBGE has been criticized for continuing to use it.“
http://worldpopulationreview.com/countries/brazil-population/

kritiper's avatar

Like Mexicans, the ones who have the most native ancestry are probably the darkest, negros being excluded from this assessment.

JLeslie's avatar

I’m just thinking how my Mexican MIL has a Brazilian friend who she says is black, and I don’t see her as black.

@kritiper I don’t get it. Why are African Americans excluded in Mexico? Plus, I’m pretty sure Brazil received many many more black Africans during the slave trade than Mexico. I think Brazil had more mixing.

@snowberry Why do you say indegenious is an odd category? I’m pretty sure our US census asks if someone is Native American. It’s the same classification. Or, did you just mean the skin color classifications?

snowberry's avatar

@JLeslie I didnt say indigenous. i was quoting from the link I gave. And this isn’t about the US; it’s about Brazil. Your argument is with the writer of that piece.

JLeslie's avatar

@snowberry That’s my mistake. I missed that you were quoting that part.

kritiper's avatar

@JLeslie Because I don’t think the OP meant to include them.

JLeslie's avatar

@kritiper Oh. That goes back to my first answer. How is the OP defining dark? My husband is darker than me, but on US census he is white, but also Hispanic, and I guess some people would say he’s brown, but that brown term is very odd to me. I never use it. Sometimes I say he’s olive to describe his skin color, because his family is from the Mediterranean area.

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