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Bahia - Brasil

The history of Afro-Brazilian people spans over three centuries of racial interaction, Brazil was consistently the largest destination for African slaves. Approximately 4 million enslaved Africans were imported to Brazil, mainly to Salvador de Bahia to work the sugar cane plantations.

By the time of slavery's end, Afro-Brazilians faced a number of cultural challenges, both state-sponsored and societal. Among them, a discriminatory immigration policy made sure that previously large minorities of the African ex-slaves and their direct descendants, were already being replaced by white European immigrants; this was furthered by a national doctrine of racial "whitening", whereby miscegenation was encouraged by the state to breed out the darkest-skinned Afro-Brazilians.

The end of the Brazilian dictatorship brought much more civil liberties and eventually the criminalization of racist propaganda and discrimination; but today we still need to draw attention to racially aggravated ills caused by social practices and fight important issues such as income gap, education and social perpetuation of racial stereotypes.

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