This chapter examines the experiences and responses of Black Brazilians in Rio de Janeiro to stigmatization and discrimination. It first provides background information to place the interviewees in their historical and socioeconomic context, taking into account race relations in Brazil as well as the legacy of slavery, the rise and fall of racial democracy, and racial inequality and segregation in the country. It then considers the ethnoracial groupness of Black Brazilians in Rio de Janeiro, with a focus on self-identification and group boundaries, before discussing the ways in which the group struggles with what they perceive as a subtle or masked racism and how they experience specific incidents of stigmatization and discrimination. The chapter also analyzes how Black Brazilians respond to ethnoracial exclusion and what they view as the best responses from a normative perspective. Finally, it explains how the patterns of those experiences and responses can be accounted for.
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