Brazil In Black And White: Update Two radically different ways of seeing race come into conflict in Brazil, provoking a national conversation about who is Black? And who is not Black enough? We revisit our first ever Rough Translation episode, with an update on how the election of an anti-affirmative action president is affecting the debate.

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Brazil In Black And White: Update

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Brazil In Black And White: Update

Brazil In Black And White: Update

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Students at the University of Pelotas. Twenty percent of the students were admitted under an affirmative action policy for black or pardo students. courtesy of Mario Theodoro hide caption

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In 2017, we released the first ever Rough Translation episode, about what happened when Brazil, a country that's always prided itself on its multiple shades of brown, implemented an affirmative action policy based on phenotype: If you look black, you can qualify for special quotas in universities and federal jobs.

This meant creating special panels that would look at prospective job or university candidates and decide whether they were "black enough" to qualify.

This week, we revisit that episode, with a brief update about how those racial inclusion policies are faring, after the election of a Brazilian president who is outspokenly anti-affirmative action.

Want more? You can listen to all of our episodes here.