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Admiring the dark complexions at the Rio de Janeiro airport, reporter Eugene Robinson imagined that he was entering a racial paradise, a place where the sheer range of the spectrum would annihilate prejudice. But he was wrong. Brazil did offer diversity: Standing on the beach at Ipanema, one might see swimmers of every hue emerging from the waves. But, instead of the rainbow convergence that Robinson expected, he found this sunny place a hotbed of discrimination, a tropical country in which class and shades of color were woven together to enforce social hierarchies. The racial consciousness and sense of identity that he had thought he left in Virginia returned to Robinson in a new way as he came to realize that Brazilians lacked the means to confront the discrimination and inequality of their lives. Even the vocabulary seemed lacking, although it had terms of every gradation of color. A sobering, yet reasuring study.
— Sallye Leventhal