Brazil indigenous groups accuse Bolsonaro of racist comment

Indigenous leaders in Brazil have criticized President Jair Bolsonaro for making what they describe as racist remarks

RIO DE JANEIRO -- Indigenous leaders in Brazil have criticized President Jair Bolsonaro for making what they describe as racist remarks.

Bolsonaro said on social media Thursday that Brazil's indigenous people were becoming human beings "the same as us,” the latest in a series of remarks that his critics say reflect intolerance and prejudice toward minority groups.

“For certain, the Indian changed,” Bolsonaro said, using a term for indigenous people that's widely used in Brazil. “More and more, the Indian is a human being the same as us.”

“We want indigenous people to integrate into society and really become owners of indigenous land,” the president said.

“We demand respect,” she said.