Racism is alive and well.
And we’re not just talking about America. Prejudice and discrimination exists throughout the world. Take this instance in Brazil, for example, in which a carnival queen received backlash for being “too Black.”
Nayara Justino was selected as the Globeleza carnival queen in 2013 following a public vote on one of Brazil’s most popular television shows. Initially, she described the experience as a dream come true, but others were none too pleased.
When a Globeleza clip began to air on television, viewers commented on Nayara’s complexion and in the words of her boyfriend, “It snowballed from there.” Nayara was regarded by many as too dark-skinned for the role.
Ultimately, she was removed, and Globeleza replaced her with a fairer-skinned woman. In a video shared by The Guardian, Nayara describes her painful ordeal.
Her story has exposed the problems with racial roles in modern Brazil. Watch the video up top and let us know what you think in the comments below.
SOURCE: The Guardian