Self-declared census data in Brazil suggests that just over half of the country’s population is either black or multiracial. Yet, racial inequality remains a persistent feature of modern-day Brazil, with blacks earning less money, having lower life expectancies, and forming a larger part of the country’s prison system.
Here at The Brazilian Report, we have compiled information from official census databases and the United Nations Development Program to elaborate a series of charts which illustrate the outrageous racial disparity in areas such as development, inequality, share of services, and levels of teenage pregnancy. In all such charts, we see that the whiter the municipality, the less social, economic, and health problems it faces.
From each graph, you can also see the ethnic makeup of each of Brazil’s five macro-regions. The South and Southeast are the whitest parts of the country, with more data points to the right side of the chart, while the Northeast and North are least white – and, not coincidentally, the poorest parts of Brazil.