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[German Version]

The term mulatto denotes a person with one white parent and one black parent as well as the more or less dark skin generally typical of mestizos. English also uses it more generally for a person of mixed racial ancestry. In some cultures and languages, mulatto can refer to someone who is clever and resourceful. The term often carries racist and pejorative connotations and is therefore avoided by the black movement in Latin America, especially in Brazil.

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Beozzo, José Oscar, “Mulattos”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 24 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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