Thousands of Brazilians who won elections as Black candidates in 2020 previously ran for office as white

Brazilian politicians’ newfound embrace of Blackness leaves some of their Afro-Brazilian constituents skeptical. Dimitrii_Guzhanin/Getty Brazil is undergoing a strange racial reckoning after bombshell revelations that thousands of veteran politicians had changed their self-identified race between the 2016 and 2020 elections. Afro-Brazilians – a category that includes Black and mixed-race people – comprise 56% of Brazil’s population but 43% of elected officials. So when almost 29,000 Afro-Brazilian city council and mayoral candidates took office on Jan. 1 after winning their races last November…

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