Is Brazil a part of the Caribbean?

Afro-Brazilian Woman

Often times in discourse on who we are as a people, powerful attention is given to the event which was the primary catalyst for where and who we are now. The Transatlantic Slave Trade is without question one of the most significant and horrific periods in human history.

The identities, belief and culture of the enslaved brought to the so called “New World” were most ripped away from them in a structured and destructive re-education process. The descendants of these same people have for the past few hundred years been mixing and creating all kinds of ideas, crafts and systems. In fact it is safe to say that they have created their own unique culture.

Though this culture is unique throughout the former slave colonies stunning similarities are abundant, shocking and impressive. This is not just limited to skin, hair or heritage but in a more broad sense who we have become and our take on contemporary life and history.

It is with this that I would like to make the argument that when discussing the Caribbean which through heritage includes countries like Guyana and Belize, Brazil should get more attention as her and her people are apart of us and share our story.

Joao Jorge, a dreadlocked Afro-Brazilian lawyer who’s now standing as a candidate for the State senate in Salvador, Brazil.

The diffusion of cultural expressions based in the Caribbean like Rastafari and the wearing of the dreadlocks has reached the shores of Brazil.

Young boys of mixed heritage playing African drums in Salvador.

Three million enslaved Africans were estimated to be dragged by Portugal across the Atlantic during the slave trade and today Brazil has the most people of African descent outside of the Motherland; far more Blacks/African than the United States.

Brazil represents too much culture which is in direct relation to who we are as Caribbean people to be ignored or shunned.


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