Duke University’s chief “diversity” officer spent eight days in Castrogonia, along with other diversity officers from American schools, and in that brief time he and his colleagues discovered that racism is alive and well in the island slave plantation.
Surprise! Ah… but they weren’t shocked. No. They were merely “intrigued”.
As academics, they had trouble dealing with the fact that the egalitarian ideals professed by the so-called Revolution seem to have no effect on racism in Cuba. Their conclusion is that racism must be “embedded” in Cuban culture and that —since Cubans are noble savages — their racism is somewhat charming.
Of course, these American academics didn’t question whether all the claims made by the Castro regime about its ideology, its schools and its medical care actually match reality. Those claims were unquestionable.
So, here we have yet another example of how difficult it is for leftist academics to shed their ideological blinders and how impossible it is for them to come to terms with the most basic facts of life in the Castro kingdom.
The racism these diversity officers discovered is all too real.
I still remember what a visiting Cuban asked me as I was taking him on a tour of Yale a few years ago: “Oye, dime, que hacen tantos negros y chinos aqui?” (Hey, tell, me, why do you have so many niggers and chinks here?) When I tried to explain Yale’s commitment to “diversity” he said: “Que locura!” (How crazy!). Then, every time he saw some new technological gadget he would say: “Esto si que lo invento un blanco” (This must have been invented by a white man”).
So it goes. Oh, but Cuba is wonderful! Yes! And no one in their right mind would want it to lose its “charms.”
From Duke Today:
Duke University delegation investigates diversity issues in Cuba
DURHAM, NC – For Benjamin Reese and a group of American diversity officers, an eight-day trip to Cuba this past July offered an opportunity to pose a question: How does a society whose ideology is based on equity deal with difference?
What they found, Reese said, intrigued them. Throughout Cuba the officers saw how equity led to near-universal literacy rates, free education for all, and ready access to basic health care.
“But what we also learned is that many people experience racial bias in Cuba based on complexion,” said Reese, Duke’s vice president of institutional equity who is also president of the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE).
“We met with Professor Esteban Morales, who studies how this form of bias has existed through many generations in Cuba. He made the point that nearly all of the senior political leaders are light skinned. Most business leaders are light skinned. This form of bias appears to be embedded in their culture, despite the ideology of equality and the fact that there is generally equitable entrance into higher education and many examples of equal distribution of resources and opportunities.”
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