Edward Telles

Edward Telles is Professor of Sociology at the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA). His book, Race in Another America: The Significance of Skin Color in Brazil, won the 2006 Distinguished Scholarly Publication Award from the American Sociological Association. In the 1990s, he was the Human Rights Program Officer for the Ford Foundation in Rio de Janeiro.

In 1888, Brazil, with a mostly black and mixed race or mulatto population, was the last country in the Western Hemisphere to abolish slavery. During more than 300 years of slavery in the Americas, it was the largest importer of African slaves, bringing in seven times as many African slaves to the country, compared to the United States.

In discussing the issue of discrimination against indigenous peoples, it is tempting to paraphrase a preambular paragraph of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide and say that at all periods of history, discrimination, in its many forms, has inflicted great losses on humanity.