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GUIMARAES, Antonio Sérgio Alfredo. After racial democracy. Tempo soc. [online]. 2006, vol.18, n.2, pp.269-287. ISSN 1809-4554.

In this article, I trace a scenario that is becoming increasingly actual and close to Brazilians. In that scenario racial inequalities coexist with a popular state regime in which Black NGOs participate in the implementation of multicultural policies and racial democracy ceases to be a hegemonic discourse. We have acquired consciousness of the limitations of our democracy, of the multicultural nature of our national formation, and of our invidious system of racial inequalities, but we are not successful in stopping it from reproducing itself. I take this scenario as an occasion to point to two current misinterpretations in the sociological literature: neither are racial inequalities in Brazil the product of racial democracy, neither can racial inequalities result from the mere existence of racial categories.

Palavras-chave : Racial democracy; Racial inequalities; Multiculturalism; Popular State.

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