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Prejudice in Brazil The dictionary defines prejudice as narrow-mindedness It also defines it as assimilation absorption or digestion The story of Gaspar Pereira Reboucas and Rita Brasilia dos Santos is very interesting and is a testament of how important race and education is in not only Brazil but the world in general Their struggles would only become a motivating tool in their advancement into the White World Reboucas and dos Santos are typical of many marriages and couplings in BrazilTheir different backgrounds cultures and class served as a melting pot for Brazilian society Their offspring would only grow to become the new faces of Brazilian culture While assimilating to the dominant White Brazilian culture one will lose all respect for his lower-class heritage and eventually become the ugly beast that he desperately fought against Gaspar Pereira Reboucas and Rita Brasilia dos Santos were two very different people Reboucas was a white Portuguese who immigrated to Brazil to look for a better life Rita dos Santos was a freed mulatto woman who found interest in Gaspar Brazilian culture in those days was and still is based on skin color Men in Brazil found Black and mulatto women more appealing Leon Spitzer states For Gaspar Pereiera Reboucas Ritas race and physical appearance may in themselves have been attractive forces and consciously or unconsciously she may have taken advantage of this attraction P 106 Rita knew that Gaspar was attracted to her and she knew that he would do anything for her Rita and Gaspars relationship grew and they eventually had numerous kids but the relationship may have been calculated and was not based on love Spitzer says In order to bring about her marriage to Gaspar Periera Reboucas Rita
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