Brazil's samba schools bring racism concerns to Rio Carnival
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Brazil's samba schools bring racism concerns to Rio Carnival

Racial pride and battles against racism were themes for some of the flashy samba group’s presentations and street parties as Rio de Janeiro’s flamboyant Carnival parades entered their second night.

Some samba groups parading Monday put together dance numbers honoring Afro-Brazilian heritage, and one of them built a giant Nelson Mandela float. It’s meant to remind people of his fight for equality, while also calling for more racial integration in the Southern American nation, which has more blacks than any other nation aside from Nigeria.

Top-tier samba group Imperatriz Leopoldinense, which took part in Monday night’s parades, says its presentation was in part inspired by incidents of racism in soccer, such as fans tossing bananas at black Brazilian players in European league play.