The Identical Strengths and Weaknesses of “Race and Ethnicity in Brazil”

There are multiple positive critiques I can give this article: It is overall well informed, gives extensive detail and contains a good structure. However, while these are strengths of the article, they are also weaknesses.

The article appears to be overall well informed. However, it fails in multiple areas of the article to include citations and its sources. While the author appears to have done his research, the accuracy of the article must be brought into question due to his lack of listed sources. In addition, there are instances where the article discusses the actions of “some people” as opposed to stating explicitly who “some people” are.

There is a problem in the amount of detail used throughout the article. In some areas of the article, the detail is necessary and welcome, such as in the history and controversy over race and immigration both preceding and following the abolishment of slavery. In other sections, however, the detail is unnecessary and takes away from the interest and quality of the article, such as in the controversy over the IBGE’s categorizations of race. While one could argue that the details in this section of the article are necessary in order to gain a full account of the history of race and racism in Brazil, they do not add anything to an argument that has already been well proven and analyzed. In addition, this excessive use of detail causes a conflict of interest. The first half of the article appears to remain neutral, while the second half reflects the author’s personal views on the topic. One example of this is in the section “Genetic Studies,” which goes into extensive detail about the prevalent racial mixing that exists within the DNA of the Brazilian population. While it could be said that the study of DNA is crucially important in the study of race and racism in Brazil, its only purpose in the article appears to be the exposure of racial hypocrisies and ignorance in Brazil, therefore breaking the neutral state of the article.

In some sections, the structure is well organized and helps progress the article. In other sections, majorly towards the end, the structure becomes loose. The author appears to forget what his/her/their main point is. An example of this is in the sections that discuss the racial makeup of Brazil’s different regions. While this section is interesting, it appears to detract and detour from the changing and evolving ideas of race in Brazil that the article begins with.

This article is overall well written and well informed. It is informative, engaging and fairly well organized. However, while the article excels in these aspects in some areas, it falls short in others. As one reads through it, the article becomes decreasingly informative, engaging and organized. A potential consequence of this may be that the reader loses sight of the article’s main point and topic.