Brazil census shows African-Brazilians in the majority for the first time
Tom Phillips – The Guardian, 11/17/2011
The proportion of Brazilians who define themselves as black or mixed race has risen from 44.7% to 50.7% since 2000. Photograph: Caio Guatelli/LatinContent/Getty
For the first time since records began black and mixed race people form the majority of Brazil‘s population, the country’s latest census has confirmed.
Preliminary results from the 2010 census, released on Wednesday, show that 97 million Brazilians, or 50.7% of the population, now define themselves as black or mixed race, compared with 91 million or 47.7% who label themselves white.
The proportion of Brazilians declaring themselves white was down from 53.7% in 2000, when Brazil’s last census was held.