Brazil’s President Moves To Set Aside Government Jobs For Blacks

November 8, 2013  |  

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Brazil has been working on its own race issues over the past few years, and now the country’s president wants to close racial employment gap in government. President Dilma Rousseff has announced she will ask Congress to pass legislation to reserve 20 percent of the nation’s government jobs for blacks, reports The Associated Press (via The Grio).

Brazil’s black population is one of the largest in the world. In fact, about half of Brazil’s 204 million people are black–more than in any nation except Nigeria. Yet Brazil’s blacks are among the nation’s poorest. President Rousseff says she wants to help rectify this.

In Brazil, blacks face persistent socio-economic inequality, and President Rousseff explained that her proposal will help reverse that. She declared “affirmative action is essential” for offering equal opportunities.

So far, there is no word on when Congress might debate the proposal.

Rousseff also said that by the end of 2014, her government will have sent a doctor to each of Brazil’s more than 3,500 “quilombos.” Quilombos are settlements founded by descendants of Brazil’s slaves, reports The AP.

During the slave trade, Brazil had more African slaves arrive on its shores than any other country in the Americas.

Do you think this is a step towards equality?

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