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Crackdown on Afro-Cubans destroys myth of racial equality

Posted on Wednesday, 05.15.13 Crackdown on Afro-Cubans destroys myth of racial equality BY JON B. PERDUE Twitter@jonperdue OSLO, Norway At the time of Fidel Castro’s takeover of Cuba in 1959, “separate but equal” was the norm in much of the Western world. Castro won plaudits from early supporters for banning the practice of separate facilities […] Continue reading

Dissident calls for reform in Cuba

Agencia EFE May 15, 2013 19:00 Dissident calls for reform in Cuba Miami, May 15 (EFE).- Cuban dissident Manuel Cuesta Morua, the leader of the Arco Progresista group, called in Miami on Wednesday for a “new national project” that undertakes the structural reforms needed on the communist-run island and integrates all political positions and ideas. […] Continue reading

Afro-Cuban author who complained of racism demoted

Posted on Friday, 04.05.13 Afro-Cuban author who complained of racism demoted By Juan O. Tamayo jtamayo@ElNuevoHerald.com A black Cuban author, Roberto Zurbano, whose scathing criticism of racism on the island was published in The New York Times last month, has been demoted from his top job at the government-controlled Casa de las Americas book publishers. […] Continue reading

For Blacks in Cuba, the Revolution Hasn’t Begun

For Blacks in Cuba, the Revolution Hasn't Begun By ROBERTO ZURBANO Published: March 23, 2013 CHANGE is the latest news to come out of Cuba, though for Afro-Cubans like myself, this is more dream than reality. Over the last decade, scores of ridiculous prohibitions for Cubans living on the island have been eliminated, among them […] Continue reading

The Only Thing That Interests The Castros About Emigres Is Their Money

The Only Thing That Interests The Castros About Emigres Is Their Money / Ivan Garcia Ivan Garcia, Translator: Unstated They have gone from being persecuted, insulted and accused of being traitors during the first three decades after the Communist revolution to becoming the main pipeline for the dollars that prop up the regime. The story […] Continue reading

Cuban blacks and mulattos the main victims of Raul Castro’s reforms

Thursday, May 12th 2011 – 06:28 UTC Cuban blacks and mulattos the main victims of Raul Castro's reforms Cuban blacks and mulattos will suffer the most with the elimination of a million government jobs, which could easily become a racial problem, consequence of the radical reforms imposed, and 'must be addressed as a priority', points […] Continue reading

Artists address the chronic racism in Cuba

Artists address the chronic racism in CubaBy Kurt Shaw, PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEWSunday, December 12, 2010 Racism always has been a hotbed issue in this country. It's also an important issue all over the world, especially in Cuba, where people of African descent have experienced significant barriers in regard to employment. An exhibit on display at the […] Continue reading

The fight against racism in Cuba goes viral

The fight against racism in Cuba goes viralBy Marlie Hall9:28 AM on 05/14/2010Tags: Afro Cubans, Cuba, Discrimination, Raul Castro Rosa Parks refused to stand. Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream. Barack Obama won the presidential election. America' s plight for racial equality has had its struggles, its heroes and its progress. But on the […] 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

Race still an issue in Cuba

'Race still an issue in Cuba' By Patricia Grogg The elimination of racism remains unfinished business in Cuba today. "We have to admit that the problem exists, determine its impact on the social model that we defend, and tackle it in depth," says Esteban Morales, an Afro-Cuban economist, political scientist and author of numerous articles […] Continue reading

Being Poor and White Is Not the Same as Being Poor and Black in Cuba

Q&A:"Being Poor and White Is Not the Same as Being Poor and Black" in CubaPatricia Grogg interviews University of Havana researcher ESTEBAN MORALESCredit:Patricia Grogg/IPS HAVANA, Jan 29, 2010 (IPS) – The elimination of racism remains unfinished business in Cuba today. "We have to admit that the problem exists, determine its impact on the social model […] Continue reading

Cuba faced worst economic crisis in ’09

Posted on Friday, 01.01.10 Cuba faced worst economic crisis in '09 Deepening economic troubles, rising crime and corruption, and a burgeoning blogger movement vexed Cuba in 2009.BY JUAN O. TAMAYOjtamayo@elnuevoherald.com Raúl Castro was right, when he predicted on Jan. 1 that 2009 would be a tough year for Cuba. Havana faced its worst economic crisis […] 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

A barrier for Cuba’s blacks

Cuba A barrier for Cuba's blacksNew attitudes on once-taboo race questions emerge with a fledgling black movementMiami Herald Staff Report 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, […] Continue reading

Overt Racism Gives Cuban Ideal a Sinister Hue

South Africa: Overt Racism Gives Cuban Ideal a Sinister Hue Jacob Dlamini. Business Day (Johannesburg). Posted September 24, 2006. Johannesburg – I HAVE lived in the US on and off for the past three years and have yet to experience racial profiling, or what people of colour in America know as walking/driving/breathing while black. I […] Continue reading