AFRICANGLOBE – From 2012 to 2018, the number of people declaring themselves pretos, meaning Blacks, increased by almost 5 million in the country. The população branca (white population) continues to shrink and pardos(browns) continue to be majority.
In 2018, Brazil had 19.2 million people who declared themselves Black – 4.7 million more than in 2012, which corresponds to a 32.2% increase in the period. This is revealed by a survey released on Wednesday (22) by the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE).
With the exception of 2014, when the number of blacks remained stable in relation to the previous year, the percentage of the declared black population has increased annually. It is therefore a trend.
“The specific reason for the increase of this declaration, in fact, we don’t have. (see note one) What we realize is that in recent years there has been reinforcement of affirmative policies of color or race,” said the IBGE analyst.
The researcher emphasized that the survey, based on the Continuous National Household Sample Survey (PNAD), is conducted based on the interviewee’s perception of color and race. “It is not the interviewer who determines the color, it is the informant who declares,” said the IBGE rep. (see note one)
On the other hand, the declared white population is declining year to year, which in 2018 totaled 89.7 million Brazilians, against 92.2 million in 2012. The whites were majority in the country until 2014. Since 2015, pardos have accounted for the majority of the population – jumping from 89.6 million in 2012 to 96.7 million in 2018.
“In addition to the possible change in the population’s perception of color and race resulting from affirmative policies, we have to consider the process of miscegenation in the country, which causes us to have a higher percentage of pardos,” said the researcher.
Percentage division (%) of the Brazilian population by color or race
Since 2015, pardos have been the majority in the country.
Brancos (Whites): 43.1 Pardos (Browns): 46.5 Pretos (Blacks): 9.3
Asked if such a trend – of increasing black and brown populations and decreasing white – will continue, the researcher said it is not possible to state.
“We don’t know if all this growth is based on affirmative color and race policies. If it is, it will depend on the continuity of these policies. A culture is created in people who have been affected by these policies and they pass on their position in relation to their own color to other people, even if they are not directly benefited,” said the researcher.
AFRICANGLOBE – A white racist who filmed himself uttering racial slurs while vacationing abroad is to appear in a South Africancourt on Tuesday.
Adam Catzavelos will be making his first appearance on a charge of crimen injuria.
In the online rant, Catzavelos used the word “Kaffir” to refer to Black people while on vacation on a Greek island in 2018.
In his so-called apology, which he also shared on social media, Catzavelos said the damage he had caused with his video was unacceptable and that he had been thoughtless and insensitive.
He said he had shown a complete lack of understanding of what “the people have endured”.
Despite his apology, which some have described as insincere, he was allegedly dismissed from his family business and the school where his children had been enrolled banned the businessman from its premises.
The Economic Freedom Fighters in Gauteng laid a criminal complaint against Catzavelos and called for swift action to be taken against him.
Catzavelos posted a video of himself online celebrating the fact that there were no Black people at the beach he was on in Greece, referring to them as “Kaffirs”.
He appeared at the Randburg Magistrates Court on Tuesday.
South Africa’s National Prosecuting Authority said it anticipated that the defence in the case of crimen injuria against Catzavelos would argue that because the alleged offence was not committed in the country, that he cannot be prosecuted.
Spokesperson Phindi Mjonondwana said the State was ready to make a strong case.
He was expected back in the dock in two weeks’ time.