The upcoming Olympics will showcase Brazil’s diverse population along with the tensions of the country.  In a country where 51% of people identify as non-white, racial issues are still present.  Brazilian anthropologist Lilia Moritz Schwarcz explains this by referencing a “study in which 97 percent said they were not prejudiced, but 98 percent said they knew people who were.  Magazine covers seldom feature a black face [as well]. The very popular soap operas feature mostly white actors, although black actors are now getting roles other than drivers, cooks or doormen. Upscale restaurants and suburban shopping malls are almost all white. Waiters in top restaurants are seldom black. And the only black faces at the airport are the hired help, or black women caring for white children in the airline lounges.”

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