And I'm talking sugarcane not corn. For Brazil to lead the world in sugarcane ethanol production, much better for the environment than either corn ethanol or oil and gasoline, is one thing. They have sugarcane, we don't. They apparently don't have a strong oil and gasoline industry, we do. Even the little sugarcane industry we do have is blocking.
But for them to beat us out in terms of ensuring equality for all citizens regardless of race, that's just inexcusable.
For us. Kudos to them. This year will be Brazil's first census recognizing descendents of Kalunga quilombo, descendents of one of Brazil's very large communities founding during the 16th century by runaway slaves. Yes, they have Constitutional protections such as ownership of their ancestral lands. But it's hard to take advantage of protections and rights if the government doesn't know, or doesn't recognize, you exist.
Now look. I'm not saying they don't have severe and standing disparities and inequalities they need to work out. I'm not saying they don't have conservatives who'll water down potentially very, very good law. I'm not saying they have us beat in any measure of racial equality. African Americans have achieved a great deal in the short time that at least most legal barriers to black progress. What I am saying is that they clearly understand centuries of racism, legal and otherwise, won't be undone without government intervention - the same intervention and effort it took to create a society based on racism and inequality. That's huge and something it seems white Americans refuse to understand.
So big ups to Brazil. Wish you were here. Helping to improve our laws, too.