The Black Commentator: An independent weekly internet magazine dedicated to the movement for economic justice, social justice and peace - Providing commentary, analysis and investigations on issues affecting African Americans and the African world.
October 29, 2009 - Issue 348

Cartoon: Whitening

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By Carlos Latuff


Carlos Latuff, a cartoonist, artist and activist based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Latuff has spent the last 15 plus years crafting a style that can best be described as “populist cartooning.” He has touched on issues like Apartheid in South Africa, the plight of Native Americans in the US and the oppression of Tibetans in China.
But perhaps his most controversial series to date is “We are all Palestinians,” in which he compares the actions taken by the Israeli government towards Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip directly to the Nazi’s treatment of Jews.

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Artist's Comments: Most destructive of all to black self-esteem has been the ideology of "branqueamento" (whitening). This theory was dreamed up in the 1920s to stop Brazil becoming a predominantly black country. White immigration from Europe was encouraged to stem the black tide. "The black in Brazil will disappear within 70 years", said one congressman in 1923. Others like author Afranio Peixoto wrote: "In 200 years the black eclipse will have passed entirely".

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