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Jun.21, 2007 in Uncategorized
More info you will not hear Castro sympathizers (especially the Black ones) mention.
(miamiherald.com) HAVANA — Six-foot-two, brown skinned and with semi-curly hair, Denny walked confidently into a government warehouse for a recent job interview. Sitting across from the white manager, he rattled off his qualifications: high school diploma, courses in tourism, hard worker.
They weren’t good enough: He needed his white brother-in-law to vouch for him, Denny recalled.
“Black people tend to do everything bad here,” the manager said.
After Fidel Castro’s revolution triumphed in 1959, he declared that Cuba would be a raceless society, banned separate facilities for blacks and whites and launched a string of free education and health programs for the poor — most of them blacks.
Many blacks people still support Castro, saying that without him they would still be peons in the sugar cane fields. One black Cuban diplomat said he had no hope of an education, and his grandmother no medical care for her glaucoma, until the revolution came along.
In recent years, a new attitude has been emerging quietly, almost secretly, among Afro-Cubans on what it means to be black in a communist system that maintains â€˜â€˜No hay racismo aquÃ” — there’s no racism here — and tends to brand those who raise the issue of race as enemies of the revolution.
“The absence of the debate on the racial problem already threatens . . . the revolution’s social project,” wrote Esteban Morales DomÃnguez, a University of Havana professor who is black, in one of his several little-known papers on race since 2005.
In another paper, he noted that “much of the research that has been done on the subject in general has been put away in drawers, endlessly waiting to be published.” Black filmmaker Rigoberto LÃ³pez also broached the sensitive topic in a TV appearance in December, saying that while the revolution had brought about structural changes toward racial equality, “its results do not allow us to affirm that its goals have been achieved in all their dimensions.”
Castro’s own Communist Party and government fall short on the race front. Only four recognizably black faces sit on the party’s 21- member Political Bureau, and only two sit on the government’s top body, the 39- member Council of Minis- ters.
And yet, black faces populate Cuba’s political prisons. Some of the nation’s best known dissidents are black. They include independent librarian Omar PernÃ©t HernÃ¡ndez, mason Orlando Zapata Tamayo and physician Oscar Elias BiscÃ©t. The latter was sentenced to 27 years for, among other things, organizing a seminar on Martin Luther King’s non–violent forms of protest.
Television programs overwhelmingly show most blacks in menial jobs, and Cubans, like other Latin Americans, still use a cutting expression for a black they admire: El es negro, pero . . . ” — He is black, but . . .
This is part of a wonderful series produced by the Miami Herald entitled “A Rising Voice: Afro-Latin Americans”. This series also includes short slide presentations complete with audio covering the African diaspora throughout Latin America. Take the time to check it out as you will find this very informative.
On a side note, the photography is probably the best that I have seen covering this topic.
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June 21st, 2007 at 8:40 pm
Yep…yet folks like Glover and Belafonte will never get it.
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February 20th, 2009 at 5:53 am
Glad you are informing us of racism in Cuba. Will post and give credit and a link on my blog:
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BLACK ON!-keep on tellin’ the BLACK truth!
Michelle Obama Opens the White House to Kids
February 18, 2009 6:32 PM
ABC NEWS’ Yunji de Nies reports:
First Lady Michelle Obama welcomed 180 children to the White House today to listen to a performance by Sweet Honey in the Rock, an all female African American a capella ensemble, as part of a celebration of African American History Month. The children were mostly sixth and seventh graders from local Washington DC schools. Children of the White House staff and residence staff were invited as well.
“We were all very much kids like you guys,” Mrs. Obama told the children, “We just figured out one day that our fate was in our own hands. We made decisions to listen to our parents, our teachers, and work very, very hard for everything in life. And then we worked even harder anytime anyone doubted us.”
Dressed in a crisp white shirt, green sweater with blue patent leather belt and tweed skirt, Mrs. Obama gave the kids a short history lesson – touching on several Black history milestones at the White House. She explained that the White House had been built by in part by slaves, that President Abraham Lincoln had signed the Emancipation Proclamation in the Lincoln bedroom upstairs, and that Dr. Martin Luther King Junior and other civil rights leaders had come to the White House to meet with Presidents Kennedy and Johnson. Then she asked, “And of course, who lives here now?”
“President Obama!” the kids answered in unison
“President Obama. And he’s making history every single day. Why?” she asked.
One girl’s voice rose above the crowd, and the First Lady asked her to stand and speak up.
“He’s the first African American president of the United States,” the girl said.
“The next chapter in history is written by you,” Mrs. Obama said. “That’s not just a story that Barack Obama is writing…Those are the stories that we’re all writing together, and you’re an important part of that.”
Mrs. Obama then introduced Sweet Honey in the Rock, a D.C. based a cappella ensemble, founded in 1973. The group, sang several songs – including “This Little Light of Mine,” “The Ballad of Harry T. Moore,” and “Young and Positive.” They stopped periodically to speak about African American history and involved the children in call and response songs. Mrs. Obama watched the performance with daughters Sasha and Malia, along with their grandmother Marian Robinson.
After the performance, Mrs. Obama stood by the door and shook the hands of the children as they left. Over the last two weeks, the First Lady has spoken repeatedly about her desire to open the White House and become more involved in the Washington community. Her staff says this is just the first of many events for children at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
– Yunji de Nies
February 18, 2009 | Permalink | User Comments (16)
First Lady Michelle is classy, unpretentious and “real”. Thanks Michelle, keep it real. You go girl.
Posted by: sngeorgia | Feb 19, 2009 7:10:59 AM
ann savage: what did you for Hurricane Katrina??????Did you voice your concern to George W. Bush……Let’s come together and give love, fast and pray. Michelle, you are truly a FIRST LADY. You wear it well!!
Posted by: ldsmith | Feb 19, 2009 3:22:06 AM
Obamacrat for Palin, if you can flip on him that quickly, there is nothing he can do that would make you happy. What have you done to help the people in Kentucky? Why are you waiting for him to save them? Every little bit helps.
As far as Michelle Obama, it is almost surreal, but I am so impressed with her so far.
Keep up the good work I say.
Posted by: ms. Kay | Feb 19, 2009 12:08:23 AM
Too bad Genna, you have to keep looking.
Posted by: Bill M | Feb 18, 2009 11:36:28 PM
Great Job Michelle Letting the Kids in the White House What a Great Experience For them
Posted by: josh | Feb 18, 2009 11:34:52 PM
Surprising, but well done Michelle Obama. I know First Ladies do things like this all the time, but I don’t know if the children they bring to the WH come from Southeast DC. Somehow I doubt it.
This is the first time in my lifetime that the District and Washington will actually be one city.
I’m sure that there is weeping and gnashing of teeth in some parts of political Washington about the spectacle of it all. But I’m so excited about what might become possible for D.C. after so many years languishing.
As far as the Kentucky comment, I’m not sure it can’t be a both/and scenario. After watching Bush botch the Hurricane season and other natural disasters, I too am looking forward to competent leadership. Somehow I doubt if Palin had the metal in 08, then she will overcome it in 12. One W. president is enough for my lifetime.
Posted by: Genna | Feb 18, 2009 11:23:08 PM
I watched this today, it was great. good job Mrs. O. I had never heard of that group prior to this, I am gonna download their stuff off itunes later.
Posted by: violetmellis | Feb 18, 2009 10:50:12 PM
It was nice of her to let them imagine a future. Too bad the public schools in DC are so bad many of them will not get a good education, unlike her children in private school.
Posted by: Bill M | Feb 18, 2009 9:38:27 PM
omg in love her sooooooooooooooo much i wish i could meet her….!!!!! but i hope that she and barack keep up the good work
I love that she was able to tie the past into the future, and to enable these children to see that anything is possible if you work for it. Kudos to our fantastic First Lady!!
Posted by: Debzilla | Feb 18, 2009 7:35:13 PM
Sweet Honey in the Rock is a true DC treasure! Love their work.
Posted by: Jo | Feb 18, 2009 7:23:48 PM
What’s not to like?
Posted by: matt | Feb 18, 2009 7:06:15 PM
Posted by: cheguevera | Feb 18, 2009 6:56:25 PM
This is Michelle ObamaMichelle Obama, from my point of view Michelle Obama celebrate Black History Month
2009 February 22
First lady hosts Black History Month celebration
By DARLENE SUPERVILLE – WASHINGTON (AP) — Foot-stomping music filled the East Room of the White House on Wednesday as first lady Michelle Obama hosted nearly 200 schoolchildren for a Black History Month celebration featuring Sweet Honey in the Rock, an award-winning female a cappella ensemble.
Mrs. Obama seemed a bit surprised when the sixth- and seventh-graders from three local schools said yes, they knew slaves helped build the White House, that President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation upstairs in a bedroom named for him, and that the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights leaders met in the building with Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson to discuss the end of segregation.
“So you guys know your history. That’s a good thing,” she said. “That means your parents and teachers are doing their jobs.”
Mrs. Obama encouraged them to look beyond the names in the history books and to “think about the extraordinary people who live in your own world,” like parents, grandparents and teachers, “all those folks who play important roles in black history and American history every single day.”
She said they will write history’s next chapter and they should work hard every day, always put their best foot forward, even when no one is looking, and support their families at home by making their beds, putting away dishes and cleaning their rooms.
“That’s part of the preparation,” said Mrs. Obama, whose daughters, Malia and Sasha, sat in the front row with her mother, Marian Robinson.
Before Mrs. Obama spoke, the students listened as retired Rear Adm. Stephen Rochon told his own story. In 2007, Rochon became the first black man to be named chief usher at the White House and director of the executive residence.
President Barack Obama and the first lady have talked about opening up the White House and making it more accessible to the public.
Wednesday’s event with Sweet Honey in the Rock, a Grammy Award-winning ensemble, was the first with a student audience, including some whose parents are members of the White House’s professional staff. The students attend Shaw and Stuart-Hobson middle schools, and KIPP DC: KEY Academy, a charter school.
It’s so nice to said Michelle Obama doing saome normals things, even if it’s a publicity stunt(which I doubt). This was Thrusday 2/19/09
THIS BLACK BRAZILIAN BEAUTY WANTS OBAMA PAINTED ON HER BODY!-FROM THEPOLITICALCARNIVAL.BLOGSPOT.COMTOFebruary 19, 2009
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Brazilian Carnival queen will have Obama painted on her body
They like him!! They really, really do!! I’m guessing this will be the subject of some hard core ribbing in the Obama household.
SAO PAULO — The Carnival beauty famed for proving it’s possible to get too naked for Brazil’s samba parades is looking for the spotlight again – by painting her body with an image of President Barack Obama.
Viviane Castro last year made headlines by appearing as a samba school drum queen while wearing nothing but a tape 4 centimeters (1.6 inches) wide – managing to violate a little-enforced nudity rule and drawing a penalty for her group.
“This year I will come back with minimal clothing again but honoring the great political figure Barack Obama,” Castro told the G1 Web site in comments confirmed by Neiva. “Everyone, in a certain way, is looking at him to create a good government and take the world out of the crisis.”
Plastic replicas of Obama are also the top-selling masks for Carnival this year.
ADDED-OMG, Ms Castro does video!! I can’t find any pics of her not 99.99% nekkid, so you get a generic Carnival queen.
Posted by Paddy at 6:22 PM
Labels: Brazil, Brazilian Carnival, strange places to put pictures of President Obama
Follow the links at your own peril Clancy…
February 18, 2009 6:33 PM
selene denise said…
hell,if I looked like that, I’d go nekked too
February 18, 2009 6:40 PM
hokey smokes. does she put her jeans on with a paintbrush?
February 18, 2009 6:45 PM
Dr. President said…
February 18, 2009 7:00 PM
it’s like having extra helpings of Clancy Candy. psst – I’m kinda missing the bon-bons, BTW. I’ve had to go hunt them up by my lazy old self…
February 18, 2009 7:00 PM
Sigh, I’ve kind of been on strike ’cause Bucky doesn’t come around any more. I’ll have to rename them “Chris’s Crumpets” or somefin.
February 18, 2009 7:01 PM
LOL! I find it hard to believe that I’m the only female who clicked on those. Can’t view them at work anyway – that would be frowned upon.
Not trying to put pressure on you, Paddy. You and Laffy do an incredible job here day in and day out and it’s much appreciated, even if the number of nude male photos has decreased.
February 18, 2009 7:41 PM
Too late! My Lord, I think I need to go to Brazil some day.
Paddy, I think you should keep up the bon bons too. Heck, even I clicked through once or twice out of curiosity. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. Perfectly natural.
February 18, 2009 7:45 PM
of course it is, Clancy….
February 18, 2009 8:06 PM
lool..I love Sao Paulo…..been there last yr…its awesome.
February 18, 2009 8:07 PM
Washington with Marc Ambinder
Feb 17 2009, 12:38 pm by Marc Ambinder
The Biggest Tax Cutter
Don’t know if anybody has yet noticed in the Republican Party but President Obama was presented last week a major talking point for 2012.
He’ll sign today one of the largest tax cuts in history.
In spite of the White House pointing this out to journalists, it is funny how little remarked-upon this is.
It’s hard imagine we won’t hear about this four years from now. And if that’s not boxing a future Republican candidate in ahead of time, I don’t know what is.
Think about how many potential Republican arguments are going to be pre-empted by that nice little fact?