Late in 2016, the state government of Paraná conducted an experiment to raise awareness about systemic racism in Brazil. Divided into two groups, Human Resources recruiters were shown pictures of people running, gardening, wearing a suit, spray painting a wall, and cleaning a kitchen. For one group, the people in the pictures were white. For the other group, they were black.
The results were rather appalling. The HR recruiters that looked to the pictures with black people saw either the help or a criminal.
The experiment shows how much Brazil’s history of slavery and racial discrimination still scars our society. And the job market makes it pretty obvious that Brazil is by no means the “racial democracy” that many Brazilians believe it is.