The World Cup will end this Sunday in Brazil, a nation with the world’s largest black population outside of Africa. Although many Brazilians think of their country as the model of race relations, racism is a hidden reality.
On the country’s Atlantic shore, the tropical city of Salvador de Bahia faces the African coastline far beyond the horizon. It’s a a city symbolic for Brazil’s African roots.
Slavery was abolished in Brazil in 1888 and here, more than anywhere else, the links with Africa are evident. In Salvador, African descendants represent more than 80 percent of the population. In Brazil, more than 50 percent of the population is of “metis,” or mixed-race – and social contact, friendships and marriage between the races are common.
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