Aspiring politicians in Brazil’s local elections last month sought all possible advantages. They donned costumes and produced ads with catchy jingles. Some even dropped their own name for a more recognizable moniker.
This year, thousands of candidates went so far as to “switch” racial identities, according to an analysis of election registration information. More than 42,000 Brazilian candidates running in one of Brazil’s 5,568 municipal elections in November changed their self-reported race on official election documents since the last time they ran for office, in 2016. In Brazil’s November elections, formerly White contenders identified themselves as racially mixed or Black; non-Whites, albeit in lower numbers, began to assert that they were White.… Seguir leyendo »