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In Brazil, 43% of Blacks and 20% of Whites Live Below Poverty Line

The majority of Brazil’s poor population is formed by blacks. This is what researchers from the Institute of Applied Economic Research (IPEA) and the United Nations Development Fund for Women (Unifem) discovered.

Their findings appear in a study released Thursday, November 17, on inequality between whites and blacks and between men and women.

The statistics, from 2003, reveal that 20% of the white population was living below the poverty line, while 43% of the black population belonged to this category.

The poverty indices demonstrate further differences between whites and blacks. Using data on personal income, rather than the traditional "per capita income" index, which is computed by splitting total family income among all family members, the study shows that 7% of whites receive less than a quarter of the minimum wage per month, while 19% of blacks fall into this category, on an individual basis.

Inequities in income distribution are also greater among blacks. 64.6% of the poorest 10% of the population is black. At the other extreme, only 22.3% of the wealthiest 10% of the population is black. When the upper income segment is narrowed to the wealthiest 1% of the population, blacks comprise only 11.5%.

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  • Guest

    blacks for presidency!
    i think the blacks just need more power over he whites!

  • Guest

    I can’t believe the statistics about 22% of the top ten pecent of income bracket being black. and 11% of the top 1.5 being black. I can count on one hand the number of times I have seen a black at a nice restaraunt or office building in brazil. Even the waiters are not black. They must have counted anybody who possibly had one drop of black blood when they came up with that statistic,, even if the person were actually white. That statistic make black people actually seem better off than they actually are.

  • Guest

    Consultants
    The world hires consultants in general to tell us exactly what we already know!

  • Guest

    No Sh-t!!!
    It’s only been that way for the past 500 years! You meant they actually spent money on rehashing the same old facts. Blacks have always been kept deliberately poor in Brazil and everywhere else on the planet. Duh!!

  • Guest

    interesting
    this was worth the money spent if they do something about it. it sounds like france’s situation with its immigrants. but, in this story, it is there own people. similar to american blacks.

    acommon(reader)
    acommonthought@aol.com

  • Guest

    ?????
    Truly stupid money spent from the UN !

    Is this a new discovery ? Not known to everyone ?

    UN should spend money to help the needy not pay high salaries to their employees to discover what was already known by everyone !

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