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Discovering the African Heartbeat in Cuba

Discovering the African Heartbeat in Cuba Johnica Reed Hawkins This story originally appeared in the August issue of ESSENCE. Cuba is a land of contradictions. It’s a nation that is largely defined by the descendants of enslaved Africans, yet also a place where those influences are often denied and racism is rarely confronted. Writer Johnica […] Continue reading

Afro-Cuban Activists Fight Racism Between Two Fires

Afro-Cuban Activists Fight Racism Between Two Fires They’re caught between a government that denies the existence of racism and fellow black Cubans who lack racial consciousness. By Sujatha FernandesTwitterTODAY 8:00 AM A “home for sale” sign in Santiago de Cuba. Far fewer Afro-Cubans get remittances from family overseas, and residents of eastern Cuba, more heavily […] Continue reading

Racist graffiti and swastikas in Havana

Racist graffiti and swastikas in Havana DDC | La Habana | 16 Mayo 2016 – 8:49 am. On Wednesday the graffiti between Línea and 11 was still there, in El Vedado. If it did not spark more controversy, this was due to its location difficult to see by most passersby. It read “Muerte a los […] Continue reading

Cuba Says It Has Solved Racism. Obama Isn’t So Sure.

Cuba Says It Has Solved Racism. Obama Isn’t So Sure. By DAMIEN CAVEMARCH 23, 2016 HAVANA — President Obama spoke of his Kenyan heritage. He talked about how both the United States and Cuba were built on the backs of slaves from Africa. He mentioned that not very long ago, his parents’ marriage would have […] Continue reading

Discrimination Against the Poor, an Injustice in Present-day Cuba

Discrimination Against the Poor, an Injustice in Present-day Cuba / Juan Juan Almeida Posted on January 13, 2016 Juan Juan Almeida, 11 January 2016 — Racial and gender designations were fundamental in the dynamics of international politics, basically dominated by white men; but, fortunately, and like the rough action of a Russian-made Aurika washing machine, […] Continue reading

Black Woman – Double or Triple Discrimination?

Black Woman: Double or Triple Discrimination? / Diario de Cuba, Laritza Diversent Posted on October 7, 2015 Diario de Cuba, Laritza Diversent, Havana, 31 July 2015 —In Cuba there is a myth that says that there is no racism here because “all the races and cultures melded together forever in a happy synthesis.” Nonetheless, in […] 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

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

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

Censorship Catholicommunist in Cuba / Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo

Censorship Catholicommunist in Cuba / Orlando Luis Pardo LazoOrlando Luis Pardo Lazo, Translator: Unstated Why Not Awakening? – An article about the censorship of the documentary about Escuadrón Patriota(Patriot Squadron) – Every February, the Chaplin Cinema opens its doors to the Young Filmmakers Exhibition organized by the Cuban Institute of Art and Cinematographic Industry (ICAIC). […] Continue reading

RACE AND COLOR IN CONTEMPORARY CUBA

RACE AND COLOR IN CONTEMPORARY CUBAGayle McGarrity When I first returned to the United States in 1982, after living for a year and a half in Cuba, I was eager to share with my colleagues the extent to which racism and class divisions were still a glaring reality in ´Revolutionary Cuba´. However, no one wanted […] Continue reading

Blacks bear the brunt of Cuba’s brutality

Posted on Sunday, 02.28.10POLITICAL PRISONERSBlacks bear the brunt of Cuba's brutalityBY CARLOS MOOREcarlosmoore2000@gmail.com Orlando Zapata Tamayo — a young, poor, black Cuban worker imprisonedsince 2003 — died after an almost three-months-long hunger strike toprotest racial oppression, the denial of civil and human rights and thebrutality he had endured in prison. He became the first black […] Continue reading

Raising Awareness about Racial Discrimination

CUBA: Raising Awareness about Racial DiscriminationBy Patricia Grogg HAVANA, Sep 7 (IPS) – Intellectuals and artists concerned about continued racial discrimination in Cuba are attempting to revive the Cofradía de la Negritud (CONEG), a "brotherhood" or association of black people aimed at raising awareness of the problem. The email message announcing the revival of CONEG […] Continue reading