Racial diversity in Brazil ‘turns to a new page’

José Vicente, chancellor of Zumbi dos Palmares University speaks with student Fábio dos Santos © Ricardo Lisboa for the FT

Fábio dos Santos is a 21-year-old black student of business administration and a trainee at a bank. Recently running a little late for work, he called a cab from a ride-hailing app.

“Do they let you in at the bank with those curls?” said the driver of his Afro hairstyle. Mr dos Santos ignored him. That evening, in suit and tie, he rushed to university. As he left the metro, a white man stopped him: “A black man in a suit and a tie?”

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