Rafaela Silva becomes first Brazilian female world champion of Judo!

Black Women of Brazil

Note from BW of Brazil:Today’s story is an example of perseverance, determination, overcoming the odds and racist criticism. Reported back in August of 2012 on this very blog was the story of a frustrating defeat of Judo fighter Rafaela Silva in the 2012 London Olympics. Silva’s defeat was doubled in disappointment due to two factors: 1) because of a a blow in the fight that was ruled illegal and thus leading to immediate disqualification, and 2) she was taunted by a racist Twitter comment that referred to her as a monkey (macaca). But Silva recently had the last laugh as she became the first Brazilian woman (and by extension, first black woman) to become World Champion of Judo in the championships that were held in Rio de Janeiro, her hometown. In victory, Silva showed that the racist tweet from over a year ago was still on her mind as…

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