Number of the week

The reality of racial inequality in Brazil’s civil service

Despite recent advances, helped on by quotas, black Brazilians tend to occupy more lowly positions and earn less than their white counterparts.

racial gap
Anti-racism protest in São Paulo. Photo: Felipe Manorov Gomes

Welcome to the “Number of the Week,” where we choose a single figure that helps understand what is going on in Brazil. This week, we discuss the scale of racial inequality in the country. 

35.1%
of federal servants are black or mixed-raced

Racial inequality remains a defining trait of Brazilian society. The civil service reflects this gap between whites and non-whites in Brazil. While black and mixed-raced people represent 55.4 percent of the country’s workforce and 54.2 percent of employed people, they remain underrepresented in public institutions. 

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