“When I discovered I was black”, by Bianca Santana

“When I discovered I was black”, by Bianca Santana

Black Women of Brazil
Originally published on 2010-02-12 by Bianca Santana as “quando me descobri negra

Bianca Santana

I have been black for less than a year. Before, I was morena. My color was practically a prank of the sun. I was a morena for the Catholic school teachers, classmates – who maybe didn’t get as much sun – and for the family that never liked the subject. “But Grandma is not a descendant of slaves?”, I kept asking. “And of Indian and Portuguese as well,” was the most that they responded on the origins of my black grandmother. I even thought it was beautiful to be so Brazilian. Maybe because of this I would accept the end of the conversation…

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