One of the reasons I love living in Portugal, is because it’s an ostensibly peaceful and tolerant country.
But when something like the death of George Floyd sparks a worldwide conversation about racism, we are all forced to take a closer look at what we assume to be true. How much do we, as expats, really know about racism in Portugal?
I personally don’t know enough. So this week, instead of posting my weekly video, I took some time to research the issue, and package up some content in English and Portuguese, so you can also take a deeper dive.
If you are looking to get a better understanding of racism in Portugal, I hope this helps. Some organisations you can support are listed at the end.
Also remember…. over five thousand people in Lisbon alone took to the streets to protest racism this weekend. In that, there is great hope.
A Portrait of Racial Inequality in Portugal
In this article for Publico, Joana Gorjão Henriques summarizes a letter submitted to the United Nations that portrays racial inequalities in numbers in Portugal. The data covers several areas, including education, housing, justice and police violence. Did you know, for example, that the rate of incarceration for nationals of African Portuguese Speaking Countries is 15 times higher than for the Portuguese? Or that they are seven times more likely to live in inadequate housing? Or five times less able to access higher education? Read the English translation here for the full story.
Voices from the Black Lives Matter Protest
English Language Articles on Racism in Portugal
- Racism in Portugal: A blind spot for the media? (Al Jazeera)
- FC Porto’s Marega quits match after racist abuse (BBC)
- Portugal approves projects to reinforce fight against racism (The Portugal News)
- London to Lisbon: racism in Portugal (Gal Dem)
- Police brutality reveals Portugal’s urban reality (The Guardian)
10 People Speak about Racial Discrimination in Portugal (PT subtitles)
Portuguese Language Articles on Racism in Portugal
- Mas Portugal não é um pais racista! (Esquerda.net)
- “Os negros que nascem em Portugal são estrangeiros no seu próprio pais” (Esquerda.net)
- Violência racista em Portugal (euronews)
- Playlist of videos including Publico’s “Racismo à Portuguesa” series.
Voices of Black Women
- Five black Portuguese women we should all follow – Yolanda Tati
- Being a black woman in Lisbon (PT subtitles) – Carla Fernandes