Why do Brazilians get so angry when African Americans claim their African roots?

Question by Just Trying 2 Help: Why do Brazilians get so angry when African Americans claim their African roots?
Im African American, I wear my natural hair in a big afro and Im trying to learn African languages, listen to African music and Im just trying to get more in touch with my African roots but for some reason, certain groups of people get so upset and angry. Why is this? I refuse to assimilate into mainstream Eurocentric culture

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Answer by joyce
i`m brazilian i`m not angry

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2 comments to Why do Brazilians get so angry when African Americans claim their African roots?

  • NEWBIE  says:

    so… exactly how many Brazilians have gotten angry at you for this ?

  • Whatever  says:

    This is a very interesting question because I’m African American and have never met anyone from Brazil. However, I know that Brazil has a very large black population…I think more than the U.S. Anyway, a general answer would be some groups of black people associate having lighter skin or straighter hair, and european features as socially better. The more non-African you look, the better you were treated…it’s about status in society. Brazilians like many African Americans have diluted ancestry because of affairs and marriages between Europeans and African slaves – another reason for the dilution of our ancestry is not by choice if you know what I mean. Also, I don’t think all Brazilians disregard their African ancestry – you can see it in the food, music, and dance. To get a really good perspective of this, I would suggest going to this website http://www.pbs.org/wnet/black-in-latin-america/. Check out the videos and read some of the information…very interesting and it will address your question.

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