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The Bad Luck of Being Black in Cuba

The Bad Luck of Being Black in Cuba / Ivan Garcia Posted on September 12, 2015 Ivan Garcia, 11 September 2015 — It was already duck on an extremely hot day without a hint of a breeze, when a white Mercedes Benz van with the blue top of the national police pulled up alongside Red […] Continue reading

Racial Prejudice Begins in Childhood

Cuba: Racial Prejudice Begins in Childhood / Ivan Garcia Posted on April 28, 2015 Iván García, 29 April 2015 — The first time that Yumilka, a teacher, felt discriminated against because of the color of her skin she was only four years old. “It was in the daycare center. I remember coming home crying. A […] Continue reading

A Fraying Promise – Exploring Race And Inequality In Havana

A Fraying Promise: Exploring Race And Inequality In Havana MARCH 26, 2015 4:02 PM ET ROBERT SIEGEL EYDER PERALTA Miguel Coyula points at an open door in the middle of Old Havana. The mahogany door looks worn, but still handsome. The concrete facade has lost most of its paint, and time has ripped parts of […] Continue reading

Blacks in Cuba are poised to make gains

Blacks in Cuba are poised to make gains BY RICARDO GONZALEZ REGONZALEZ49@YAHOO.COM 03/07/2015 2:00 PM 03/07/2015 7:00 PM For the first time in more than a century, black Cubans might have a real opportunity to gain the enfranchisement and equality for which our ancestors fought so hard — and were on the verge of winning […] Continue reading

FIU conference focuses on race in Cuba

FIU conference focuses on race in Cuba BY NORA GAMEZ TORRES NGAMEZTORRES@ELNUEVOHERALD.COM 02/27/2015 11:20 PM 02/27/2015 11:20 PM Cuba’s political future, the impact of renewed relations between the United States and Cuba and its new policies towards the island, were the focus of some of the discussions held on the first day of the 10th […] Continue reading

The Tragedy of Cuban Racism

The Tragedy of Cuban Racism February 9, 2015 By Carlos Cabrera Perez (Café Fuerte) A group of dissidents protested last Thursday before the Cuban Parliament located in Havana’s Playa municipality. HAVANA TIMES — A video showing a group of Cuban dissidents protesting in front of the Cuban parliament in Havana to demand a series of […] Continue reading

Cuban economic reforms spur talk of race

Cuban economic reforms spur talk of race BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES NGAMEZTORRES@ELNUEVOHERALD.COM 12/20/2014 8:39 AM 12/20/2014 4:43 PM As Cuba prepares to enter its fifth year of sweeping economic reforms to jump-start its lumbering economy, many say the changes have had an unintended effect: drawing attention to the thorny subject of race. A recent rally […] Continue reading

Activistas cubanos llaman a discutir públicamente la discriminación racial

Activistas cubanos llaman a discutir públicamente la discriminación racial NORA GAMEZ TORRES NGAMEZTORRES@ELNUEVOHERALD.COM 11/15/2014 6:22 PM 11/15/2014 9:18 PM Este sábado comenzó en Cuba la primera “Jornada contra la discriminación racial”, convocada por la Articulación Regional Afrodescendiente para las Américas y el Caribe (ARAAC) y auspiciada por el Ministerio de Cultura (MINCULT). El lema “Hablar […] Continue reading

Speaking About Discrimination in Cuba

Speaking About Discrimination in Cuba November 6, 2014 Veronica Vega HAVANA TIMES — My colleague’s post, Cuba: Reasoable Doubt or Blatant Racism?, reminded me of a conversation I had with a friend some time ago. At the end of our debate, she, a black woman who had suffered various forms of segregation from childhood, agreed […] Continue reading

‘Afro-Cubans’ don’t exist (and other things you might not know about race in Cuba)

‘Afro-Cubans’ don’t exist (and other things you might not know about race in Cuba) Oct 1, 2014 By Teresa Sanchez In the US the legacy of the “one-drop” rule continues to shape our language of racial categories—i.e., people with varying degrees of notable African ancestry are indiscriminately referred to as African American. In Cuba, however, […] Continue reading

Market-style reforms widen racial divide in Cuba

Market-style reforms widen racial divide in Cuba Tue Sep 2, 2014 5:00am EDT (Reuters) – Cuba’s experiment with free-market reforms has unintentionally widened the communist-led island’s racial divide and allowed white Cubans to regain some of the economic advantages built up over centuries. Under President Raul Castro, who took over from his brother Fidel Castro […] Continue reading

Cuba – The Experiences of Someone My Color

Cuba: The Experiences of Someone My Color August 5, 2014 Jorge Milanes Despaigne HAVANA TIMES — When I was a teenager, I used to hear people repeat that there was no racism in Cuba. At school, teachers would insist we all had the rights, duties and opportunities. This is what I believed when I studied […] Continue reading

Blacks and Mixed-Race Still Marginalized in Cuba

Blacks and Mixed-Race Still Marginalized in Cuba / Ivan Garcia Posted on May 5, 2014 Every summer since 2009, in line with the economic openings of General Castro, Gerald, the owner of a photography business, has rented a room in a hotel in Varadero for 5 nights. Gerald, a white man married to a mixed-race […] Continue reading

Neither Blacks Nor Whites, Just Cubans

Neither Blacks Nor Whites, Just Cubans / Fernando Damaso Posted on April 18, 2014 Neither black nor white, Cuba is mixed, some of the country’s investigators and intellectuals have asserted for some time now. The declaration seems to respond to an eminently political intention: incorporation into the current Latin American mixed ethnicity, so fashionable among […] Continue reading

Neither Blacks Nor Whites, Cubans

Neither Blacks Nor Whites, Cubans / Fernando Damaso Posted on April 16, 2014 Neither black nor white, Cuba is mixed, some of the country’s investigators and intellectuals have asserted for some time now. The declaration seems to respond to an eminently political intention: incorporation into the current Latin American mixed ethnicity, so fashionable among our […] Continue reading

Race and Identity

Race and Identity / Yoani Sanchez Posted on February 17, 2014 It’s just been born and in a few hours they will register the baby with its brand new name. A few days will pass before the parents get the birth certificate and then the so-called “minor card.” Without an identification card you can’t receive […] Continue reading

Cuba is White, Black and Mixed Race Because it is Diverse

Cuba is White, Black and Mixed Race Because it is Diverse October 22, 2013 Dmitri Prieto HAVANA TIMES — Recently, on the eve of October 10, a Cuban national holiday commemorating the date (in 1868) in which Cuban landowner Carlos Manuel de Cespedes and his retinue of (former) slaves took up arms against Spanish colonial […] Continue reading

Race as a Challenge to Cuba’s Educational System

Race as a Challenge to Cuba’s Educational System October 3, 2013 By Esteban Morales* HAVANA TIMES — Before the start of Cuba’s 2013-14 school year, ministers and officials from the country’s education ministries met to evaluate the situation of the country’s learning institutions. If you asked me, I would say that the Cuban revolution’s two […] Continue reading

Much Remains to be Done

Much Remains to be Done / Amado Calixto Gammalame, Cuban Law Association Posted on September 11, 2013 By Amado Calixto Gammalame Although racism in Cuba began to decline during the wars of independence, by the obvious presence of blacks and mulattoes among the mambises (Cuban guerrillas), that was only a beginning. Much remains to be […] Continue reading

Interview with Dimas Castellanos

Interview with Dimas Castellanos Posted on August 11, 2013 Interview with Dimas Castellanos Marti, historian and journalist. From Havana, Felix Sautie Mederos Por Esto! asks: “Unravel the causes of the crisis our society finds itself in (…) The concept of race as a group of hereditary characteristics seems to lack foundation, as a social construction […] Continue reading

On Racism There is Still Much to Discuss

On Racism There is Still Much to Discuss / Dimas Castellanos Posted on August 8, 2013 This past March 23, the prize-winning essayist, critic and literary investigator Roberto Zurbano, who up until this moment functioned as the director of the Editorial Fund of Casa de las Americas, was dismissed from the position. This measure was […] Continue reading