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Where Hip Hop Fits in Cuba’s Anti-Racist Curriculum

Where Hip Hop Fits in Cuba’s Anti-Racist Curriculum The country’s education leaders confront deep-seated discrimination in the classroom through rap. Alexandre Meneghini / Reuters I was sitting with the Afrocentric rapstress Magia López Cabrera in her modest Havana walk-up in June when Cuba’s prominent black-history scholar Tomás Fernández Robaina showed up for a café con […] 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

The Persistence of Racism in Cuba

The Persistence of Racism in Cuba May 21, 2016 By Alberto N Jones HAVANA TIMES — The 1994 rafter crisis, changed the face of the Cuban emigration and the strategy of the United States government to puncture and weaken the Cuban government, when the predominantly white emigrants suddenly became black and brown. Surprised, the mass […] Continue reading

Will American tourists change Cuba for better or worse

Will American tourists change Cuba for better or worse December 26, 2015 5:40 PM MST In Cuba, everybody’s equal—politically, economically and socially speaking. Unlike the U.S., Cuba prides itself on being an egalitarian society. Since Fidel Castro’s Revolucion in 1958, Cuba has embraced a socialist ideology in which the government owns virtually everything and the […] Continue reading

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

Gangs in Havana, Crime Gains Ground

Gangs in Havana, Crime Gains Ground / Cubanet, Ernesto Perez Chang Posted on August 23, 2015 The landscape could become very similar to those found in Central American countries where the issue is out of control Cubanet.org, Ernesto Perez Chang, Havana 20 August 2015 – Hector arrived in Havana at the end of 2005. He […] 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

Why Cuba will never send Assata Shakur to the U.S.

Why Cuba will never send Assata Shakur to the U.S. By Achy Obejas In May 2013, on the 40th anniversary of her arrest, Assata Shakur was suddenly and inexplicably named to the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorists list, with an award of up to $2 million for her capture. She was the first woman ever put […] 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

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

Orlando Luis Pardo: “I was afraid when I had no voice, when I started talking, I lost the fear.”

Orlando Luis Pardo : “I was afraid when I had no voice, when I started talking, I lost the fear.” Posted on September 9, 2013 Interview by Emilio Sanchez Cartas – from Los Andes Internacionales The restless, multifaceted Pardo Lazo graduated in biochemistry from the University of Havana, but left the field after 10 years. […] Continue reading

Two South African Visitors to Cuba

Two South African Visitors to Cuba September 3, 2012 Tourist Tales from Cuba Vincente Morin Aguado HAVANA TIMES — Having found these two South Africans was true luck, one of those unforgettable moments in life. This was during one of the worst times to live in Havana – at least when it came to interacting […] Continue reading

Hezbollah Opens Base in Cuba

Hezbollah Opens Base in CubaPosted by Humberto Fontova on Sep 6th, 2011 A year ago many prominent Israelis seemed smitten with Fidel Castro​. "I thank you from the bottom of my heart," wrote Israeli President Shimon Peres to Fidel Castro on Sept. 24, 2010: "I must confess that your remarks were, in my opinion, unexpected […] 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

Black activists launch rare attack on Cuba about racism

Black activists launch rare attack on Cuba about racism Onetime supporters of the Castro revolution now question the regime's civil and human rights record.By Richard Fausset January 3, 2010 Reporting from Atlanta – President Obama has loosened travel restrictions to Cuba. His critics accuse him of harboring socialist sentiments. And he is, of course, a […] 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