Becoming Black Political Subjects: Movements and Ethno-Racial Rights in Colombia and Brazil

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Tianna S. Paschel

Assistant Professor of African American Studies
University of California, Berkeley
January 23, 2017

The University of Miami Institute for Advanced Study of the Americas presented the book by Tianna S. Paschel Assistant Professor of African American Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. After decades of denying racism and underplaying cultural diversity, Latin American states began adopting transformative ethno-racial legislation in the late 1980s. In addition to symbolic recognition of indigenous peoples and black populations, governments in the region created a more pluralistic model of citizenship and made significant reforms in the areas of land, health, education, and development policy. Becoming Black Political Subjects: Movements and Ethno-Racial Rights in Colombia and Brazil explores this shift from color blindness to ethno-racial legislation in two of the most important cases in the region.