Afro-Brazilian actress Taís Araújo has endured a litany racist attacks on her social media page during the weekend prompting a national response. Araujo is the first Black star of a Brazilian telenovela in history with the role of “Xica da Silva” in 1996, when she was 17. But being a famous pioneer isn’t enough to shield her from racism. The country has historically marginalized its more than 100 million Afro-Brazilians.
On October the 31st Araujo posted a picture of herself on her Facebook page and soon after it was flooded with racial slurs and attacks on her hair. Comments like, “who posted the picture of this gorilla on facebook”, “how someone can find beautiful that hair”, “lend me your hair I wash dishes”, and “I did not know that zoo has camera” were posted on photo below.
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