Hundreds participated in the National Day of Black Genocide in several Brazilian cities, protesting the high rates of violent murders in the country’s black population. Protesters marched in Sao Paulo, Brasilia and in Florianopolis.
A recent study, entitled “The Color of Homicides in Brazil,” found in 2012 homicides against blacks reached 36 percent in 2010, which was a 5.6 percent increase from 2006. Homicides of whites fell by 24.8 percent between 2002 and 2010.
Another study published by Jacqueline Sinhoretto, who is with the Federal University of San Carlos, found that the number of violent deaths of blacks during police-involved incidents tripled the number of whites in the state of Sao Paulo.
Brazil’s population is 48.4 percent white, 43.8 percent multiracial, 6.8 percent black and 0.6 percent Asian.