I know this is pretty late but I thought I’d post a comment to have something up here! Davila’s approach to studying racial identity in Brazil and the effects it had on foreign policy was extremely interesting to me. Perhaps the most intriguing aspect was the importance of lusotropicalism to foreign policy makers, even after the many diplomats, press releases and conflict that took place in the nations of Nigeria and Angola in particular. I thought the historical figures Davila chose to make his point provided a lot of insight into the “myth of racial democracy” that we talked about last week. Though the Brazilian government insisted that racial discrimination did not exist, I thought Davila portrayed their efforts to conceal discrimination in a way that made it more obvious. Examples of this included sending the first black ambassador to an African nation, as well as a popular athletic figure. I also appreciated that Davila did not focus much on the United States as the study of racial discrimination in comparison with US segregation has been studied quite a bit. By sparingly touching on the use of US policy, such as as a maneuver in the fight for Portuguese colonization, it allowed me to focus more on the transnationality between the nations claiming lusotropic ties.
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