Dados vol. 51 n. 1 Rio de Janeiro 2008

Diário Trabalhista e democracia racial negra dos anos 1940

Guimarães, Antonio Sérgio Alfredo - Macedo, Márcio


In order to refute the interpretation that racial democracy in Brazil has simply been an illusion or ruse of white supremacy, the authors analyze the participation of Black leaders in the elaboration of the Brazilian national imaginary in the 1940s. They argue that during that period, racial democracy was a powerful instrument for mobilizing Blacks as well, whether as nationalists or anti-racists. The authors explore one of the most important sources through which this ideology was forged by a key figure of the Black intelligentsia, Abdias do Nascimento, with his column in the Diário Trabalhista [Laborite Daily] entitled "Problems and Aspirations of Black Brazilians". In this column, Nascimento published dozens of interviews with Black leaders and common people that demonstrate the foundations, principles, and interests involved in the construction of a racial democracy.

Palavras-chave: racial democracy; Abdias do Nascimento; blacks.

DOI: 10.1590/S0011-52582008000100005

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Diário Trabalhista e democracia racial negra dos anos 1940