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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

What Obama’s visit means for Cuba’s national conversation about race

What Obama’s visit means for Cuba’s national conversation about race Kate LinthicumContact Reporter In recent years, Afro-Cuban intellectuals have started gathering in a cramped Havana apartment to discuss a topic long considered off-limits in Cuba: race. Fidel Castro’s communist revolution 60 years ago promised to wipe out racial divisions and level the playing field for […] 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

NO EMBARGO, NO CRY

NO EMBARGO, NO CRY ORLANDO LUIS PARDO LAZO MARCH 18, 2015 This article is part of The Mantle’s series Against Censorship. The U.S. embargo against the Cuban government is like those recurrent childhood nightmares, for both Cubans living on the Island and abroad. Oh, the Embargo Embargo: limit of our life, fire of our leaders… […] Continue reading

Interview with Diario de Cuba Editor Pablo Diaz

Interview with Diario de Cuba Editor Pablo Diaz October 14, 2014 “You can’t do good journalism if you’re thinking in terms of Left or Right.” By Yusimi Rodríguez HAVANA TIMES — Diario de Cuba (DDC) was born at a Starbucks in Madrid in 2009. Its creators, Pablo Diaz (editor in chief) and a group of […] 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

Raul Castro’s Racist Grandson

Raul Castro's Racist Grandson / Juan Juan Almeida #Cuba Juan Juan Almeida, Translator: Unstated RaulitoI do not mean to criticize children for being children, nor grandchildren for being grandchildren, I will just talk about a sector that just because we haven't heard of them, that doesn't mean they are not full of it. Today I'm […] Continue reading

Independent Activism in Cuba

Independent Activism in Cuba August 5, 2012 June Fernandez* HAVANA TIMES — "Come wearing something red and kiss someone, because all forms of love are important." Last June 28, forty-six people who had received this message via instant messaging or e-mail met in the Havana bus terminal, near the Plaza of the Revolution, to kiss […] Continue reading

Not All in Cuba Are Proud of Being Black / Iván García

Not All in Cuba Are Proud of Being Black / Iván García Iván García, Translator: mlk A drunk, off duty, enforcement agent, white, justified the racist Cuban police archetype that turns a black or mestizo into a presumed delinquent with an old refrain learned from his mother: "Not all blacks are thieves, but all thieves […] Continue reading

Being Black in Cuba / Iván García

Being Black in Cuba / Iván García Iván García, Translator: Unstated A white-skinned off-duty law enforcement officer, having a drink, justifies the Cuban police force's racist archetype that turns a black or mixed-raced person into a presumed criminal with the old refrain he learned from his mother, "All blacks are not thieves but all thieves […] Continue reading

African-Americans: Blacks in Cuba ‘treated with callous disregard’

African-Americans: Blacks in Cuba 'treated with callous disregard' From Shasta Darlington, CNNDecember 9, 2009 — Updated 0657 GMT (1457 HKT) STORY HIGHLIGHTS* African-American intellectuals, artists criticize Cuba's treatment of black citizens* Declaration of protest also seeks release of dissident who organized human rights marches* Cuban intellectuals defend country in letter, citing history of helping Africans, […] Continue reading

Cuba’s black secrets

Cuba's black secretsAndy JohnsonThursday, May 21st 2009 NINETY-SEVEN years ago there was an uprising in Cuba which in the end left more than 6,000 people dead. Many thousands more fled to the hills, precipitating a labour shortage. This led to the importation of millions of immigrants, many of them coming from the West Indian islands. […] Continue reading

Race-based clubs see revival in Cuba

Posted on Monday, 12.29.0850 YEARS | REVOLUTION AND EXILERace-based clubs see revival in CubaClubs based on racial exclusivity, for Afro-Cubans as well as other groups, are making a comeback in Cuba.BY LIZA GROSSlgross@MiamiHerald.com More than 50 years have passed, but Afro-Cuban author Pedro Pérez Sarduy still remembers the dances. He and his friends would dress […] Continue reading

Maximum whining from Cuba’s maximum leader

Colby Cosh: Maximum whining from Cuba's maximum leaderPosted: August 29, 2008, 11:30 AM by Kelly McParlandFull Comment, Coby Cosh Fidel Castro, it seems, feels quite wronged. In the Aug. 26 edition of the revolutionary organ Granma, the retired Cuban dictator complains that the press of the world simply does not understand his support for Angel […] Continue reading

Fidel Castro defends Cuban taekwondo athlete who kicked judge in the face at Olympics

Fidel Castro defends Cuban taekwondo athlete who kicked judge in theface at OlympicsBy Associated Press1:53 PM EDT, August 25, 2008Angel Valodia Matos Cuba's Angel Valodia Matos, left, kicks match referee Sweden's ChakirChelbat in the face during a bronze medal match against Kazakhstan'sArman Chilmanov in the men's taekwondo +80 kilogram class in Beijing,Saturday. Matos attacked the […] Continue reading