“[Black American men] can [have sex] with the rich white girls,” Marinho said.“But the girlfriend is black.” But even if successful Afro-Brazilian women and men wanted to date each other, it would be difficult.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).“They Want Good Things” Black Brazilian actress Polly Marinho, 32, thinks this is a natural outcome in a country that values whiteness on television, in its magazines and in government.
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.
“But unless the dark girl is the boy’s cultural or economic superior, chances are they will never wed.
Black and mulatto men marry white women to improve social status.” Sadly, not much has changed in Brazil some five decades later.