“Defining Who is Black: Color and Race in Brazilian Public Policies"
My main focus in the lecture will be the shift in racial definition of blacks and browns, from self-attribution to alter-attribution, which is underway in Brazil as a result of the judgment of the Federal Supreme Court decision validating racial quotas. State recognition of the negro category (encompassing Blacks and Browns) as subject of current racial discrimination and as a population meriting affirmative action policies have been accompanied by the mandate for verification commissions to examine and eventually decide the truthfulness of race/color self-declaration. How decisions made by those commissions are based on the different logics of race and color construction? How the disputes over their decisions tension the old alliance of all people of color for affirmative action and the process of racial formation in general?