n Commonwealth Youth and Development - Claude Maredza's and the race question in Zimbabwe and Brazil




The race question has persisted, even when different projects aimed at stamping it out have been instigated. It continues to manifest in contexts that have diverse races, such as the United States of America, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Brazil. In all these contexts, the plight of black people continues to be a burning issue. Black people find themselves on the periphery of society. They are excluded from the education system. They therefore struggle to make an impact in key areas such as economics and politics. Claude Maredza is one Zimbabwean author who is angry and impatient when it comes to the race question. He is quite blunt when he challenges blacks to continue to struggle for their total freedom. He is equally sarcastic in his attacks on whites for their privileges and for refusing to accept the full humanity of blacks. This article explores the significance of his work, (2000), to the race question in Zimbabwe and Brazil. It argues that there is a need to explode the myth that Brazil is a racial democracy and to apply some of the insights that Maredza brings to the race question.


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