Analyzing “palmitagem”: the racist policy of whitening the black population

Countering this erasure from history is a core part of the Afro-Brazilian and global African struggles.

Black Women of Brazil

palmiteiro

Note from BW of Brazil: It is an ongoing debate/dialogue/argument among black Brazilians. As more and more people become conscious of the depths of indoctrination in terms of the worship of white skin, the finger-pointing is escalating. With numerous black women writing material addressing a solidão das Mulheres Negras” (the solitude/loneliness of black women), which many believe is due to so black men passing over black women to court white women, the subject won’t be going away any time soon. 

Precisamos reconhecer nossa palmitagem

Since this debate started to heat up a few years ago, a term was coined to describe black men who have a predilection for white skin: palmiteiros. The term is derived from the word palmito (hearts of palm) and the allegiance to this type of phenomenon is referred to as palmitagem. But while the blame has been overwhelmingly directed at black Brazilian men, other writers have been stepping forward…

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