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BRAZIL-RACE/SWEEPER
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December 09, 2020
Felipe Luther, 37, a scholarship student at Pontifical Catholic University of Rio (PUC-Rio) who also...
BELFORD ROXO, Brazil
The Wider Image: Scholar by day, street-sweeper by night, one Black man navigates Rio's racial divide...
Felipe Luther, 37, a scholarship student at Pontifical Catholic University of Rio (PUC-Rio) who also works as a street-sweeper, packs his lunch as he gets ready to go to work, at his home in Belford Roxo, near Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, December 9, 2020. In 2017, Luther got a full scholarship to the social sciences program at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio (PUC-Rio), a private school that has minted central bank presidents and movie stars. "Because there are so few Black people at this renowned university, many view Black folks as servers, not as fellow classmates," Luther said, recalling awkward run-ins on campus. In one case, a woman mistook Luther for an elevator operator. In another, someone tried to pay him for a cup of coffee, confusing him with cafeteria staff. "It hurts, in a way, because you get the impression that you don't belong there," he reflected. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares SEARCH "BLM OLIVARES" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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