The racism of Simone Biles’s “Brazilian boyfriend” and the top-ranked black gymnast who wasn’t invited to join Brazil’s gymnastics team

The similarities between Brazil and the U.S. are striking, no? It never ceases to amaze me.
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Black Women of Brazil

arthur-nory-simone-biles American gymnast Simone Biles in a photo with Brazilian gymnast Arthur Nory Mariano

Note from BW of Brazil: You see, this is one of the reasons why African descendants around the world need to be able to communicate with each other beyond cultural and language differences. Earlier today we brought you a story concerning the Brazilian gymnast Arthur Nory Mariano. His name first appeared on this blog after a racist incident in May of 2015 in which he compared his black teammate to a trash bag. The article posted earlier today pondered why this guy made the Olympic team as a mediocre gymnast while his black teammate, Ângelo Assumpção, who has won numerous medals and had been named champion multiple times over the past six years, wasn’t on the team. The incident seems to be yet another example of how white-skinned privilege bestows advantages upon those who, often…

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