Society

How Brazil’s anti-racism agency became part of the problem

Created to promote black culture in Brazil, the Palmares Foundation under Jair Bolsonaro has become an institution that propagates racism instead of combating it

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“Stop killing us. The favela resists.” Photo: Andre MA/Shutterstock

Despite an unprecedented global pandemic that has reshaped life as we have grown used to, voices echoing from all corners of the world calling for social justice and the end of systemic racism have filled streets, government buildings, and social media networks alike with equally unprecedented force. 

Following the killing of George Floyd by a police officer in the U.S. — adding to the growing tally of 250 black people killed by the American police in 2019 — the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement has renewed nationwide debates over the need for institutional and public policy change to address...

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