In defense of racial affirmative action

Viewing racism as structural means understanding that the functioning of Brazilian society is based on the historical segregation of black people from the political and economic corridors of power.

This is why Conectas has made a commitment to combat racism by considering the centrality of the issue in many of the human rights challenges facing Brazil. We are aware of how racism manifests itself in a cross-cutting way in all our program initiatives.

Conectas works towards the formulation of public policies that promote racial equality, that consider the specific needs of black Brazilians and that combat discrimination.

With regard to historical reparations, we defend affirmative action policies to guarantee access by black people to technical and higher education and to public sector employment.

We support black movements and organizations in the formulation of national and international political advocacy strategies, as well as in strategic litigation, to promote change and greater equity.

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