Abolition in Brazil: 131 years on, still no cause for celebration

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In 1888, 131 years ago today, Brazil became the last country in the Americas to outlaw slavery. However, instead of being a day to commemorate, Afro-Brazilian advocacy groups find no reason for celebration. They criticize what was a half-baked abolition process, which, instead of pushing Brazil toward a freer and more equal society, actually institutionalized a deep cleavage among the country’s population that can still be felt today.

What’s more, recent years have seen Brazil backslide in its fight against modern slavery, which remains a persistent problem in the country.

The farce of Brazilian abolition

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