In 1965, Ebony magazine published a 10-page spread about Brazil with the headline, “Does Amalgamation Work in Brazil: Absorbing Negro Through Interracial Marriage Is Their Answer to the Race Problem.” The top image in the article showed a black woman walking hand in hand down the street with a white man.
“Interracial couple walking hand in hand is not unusual,” the caption read.
The 2010 census in Brazil showed that out of all the women over 50 who had never had a spouse, a majority of them were “pretas,” a term commonly used to refer to dark-skinned black women.
It’s also obvious to all Brazilians that once black Brazilian men attain a certain social status, they choose white women as their life partners.
Brazil’s most famous soccer player, Pelé, has been married three times, but never to a black woman.
Nearly all of Brazil’s top male samba singers are married to white women.
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Presumably due to the influence of the Roman Catholic Church, divorce only became legal in Brazil in 1977.
Since January 2007, Brazilian couples can request a divorce at a notary's office when there is a consensus, the couple has been separated for more than a year and have no underage or special-needs children.
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A study conducted of high-level black Brazilian businessmen in 2011 found that out of the 50 interviewed, 49 were married to white women (pdf).