Afro-Brazilian workers now earn 59% of the salary of white workers; in 2003 they earned 48%

Black Women of Brazil

1 The greatest disparity between white and black income was observed in the metropolitan area of Salvador, Bahia

Note from BW of Brazil: There is perhaps no better way of analyzing social/racial inequality in a society than by assessing the numbers. And one of the best stats that provide a glimpse of the ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’ is average income according to race. And as can be noted in nearly every other area of Brazilian society, Afro-Brazilians significantly lag behind whites. This disparity has in fact improved over the past 12 years, perhaps due to the fact that it has been in the past 12 years that affirmative action policies have been implemented throughout the country. Only the future will tell if the reduction of this gap will continue to fall as Afro-Brazilians continue to improve their positions in the educational and labor sectors.

The gap between whites and…

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