I would suggest Kendrick Lamar´s Alright as a soundtrack to this piece.
Imagine how conflicting it can be for young black Brazilians to create their identity while growing up surrounded by mostly negative references to blackness.
Brazil received more slaves than any other country in the Americas – around 40% of the people forced to leave the African continent between the 16th and 19th centuries were brought here. We were the last country in the southern hemisphere to abolish slavery and we are the country with the largest black population in the world, after Nigeria. Human trafficking has created a complex and terrible transatlantic network that spanned nearly four centuries and contributed immensely to the formation of the Brazilian society, influencing many of its cultural aspects.
Official history in Brazil still silences the black leadership in the struggle for abolition. And schoolbooks largely reproduce images of enslaved men and women only in submissive positions, dehumanizing them and ignoring the numerous slave rebellions that arose throughout the slavery period, especially during the 19th century. As a result of these rebellions emerged what’s become one of the most iconic moments of the entire slavery period – the deportation of former slaves back to west Africa. This return occurred mainly to African and Brazilian-born freed slaves who lived in Bahia, where the main uprisings happened. During this period the region had a considerable number of black Muslims, both enslaved and free who participated in various rebellions. In 1835 the Malê Revolt took place, culminating in harsh punishments for those involved and deportation of freed slaves. This also extended to many of those who hadn’t necessarily engaged in the rebellions, for being seen as a threat to the empire.