Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Affirmative Action Divides Brazil as Election Nears

The Huffington Post
Posted: September 3, 2010 05:48 PM
Eric Ehrmann
Writer on sports

Respected polling now indicates that cancer survivor Dilma Rousseff of the Worker's Party will likely be voted Brazil's first woman president next month. But election season debate over American-style affirmative action quotas is stretching the nation's social fabric and could spell trouble down the road for Dilma, who until resigning to run for high office, served as president Lula's chief of staff.
With the BBC tagging Brazil as the world's second largest black population after Nigeria, educators and jurists from the mostly non-black political class are questioning programs for people who claim to be descendants of African slaves but fail to create enough equal opportunity private sector jobs to employ them.

Full Commentary: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/eric-ehrmann/affirmative-action-divide_b_703443.html

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