Afro-Brazilian business innovates to fight racism, promote equality

Americas Now

Whites are the minority in Brazil, accounting for less than half the country’s population, yet they control most of the country’s wealth.

Afro-Brazilians claim racism and a centuries-old system have excluded them from higher-paying positions in society, but things have been changing. Brazil has had affirmative action for a decade, helping boost black Brazilian enrollment in colleges.

Still, Afro-Brazilians say more work is needed. And some have started a business movement to sell goods and services to other Afro-Brazilians.

Correspondent Gerry Hadden went to Rio de Janeiro to find out more.

Follow Gerry Hadden on Twitter @gerryhadden