President Barack Obama and Brazil’s ruler Dilma Rousseff paid a joint visit Monday to Washington’s Martin Luther King Memorial.
Obama hosted the Brazilian leader at the memorial to the civil rights icon and one of his personal heroes.
The White House said the visit “underscores the many shared values and strong bonds that exist between the American and Brazilian peoples.” Both countries have large minorities descended from African slaves.
The two States, however, have followed reverse tracks in terms of civil rights and racial policies. While in the US the racist policies of “one drop rule” that imposed on mulattoes the Negro identity are being repealed and the multiracial ancestry identity gaining force, in Brazil the leftist Workers’ Party (PT), the party of the Brazilian president, managed to impose by law the Negro identity on mulattos and other Mestizos – including those not descendants of African blacks.
Brazilian Mestizos have also suffered ethnic cleansing for the creation of Bantustans similar to those adopted by the South African apartheid regime.
Unlike condemnation of the racist South African regime, the political influence of powerful NGOs, indigenist governmental agencies and racist governments, as the commanding Brazil, in the UN bodies have given political, intellectual and economic support to the implementation of racial and ethnic segregation in Brazil – and other Latin American countries -, and the promotion of political and ideological elimination of Mestizo people.