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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 ‘‘No hay racismo aquí” — 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 Domínguez, 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 López 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 Pernét Hernández, mason Orlando Zapata Tamayo and physician Oscar Elias Biscét. 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.

No Comments on “Awww, come one! Black Cubans just don’t know how good they have it”
June 21st, 2007 at 8:40 pm
Yep…yet folks like Glover and Belafonte will never get it.
YEYE AKILIMALI FUNUA OLADE Your comment is awaiting moderation.
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:

BLACK IS BEAUTIFUL! at yeyeolade.wordpress.com.

BLACK ON!-keep on tellin’ the BLACK truth!

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