Afro-Americans encounter racism in Castro Kingdom


The Castro Kingdom claims it eliminated racism in 1959.

Many fools around the world believe that lie.

In Baltimore, a  journalism professor leads tours to Cuba once a year, to expose Afro-Americans to the blatant racism that still exists on the island slave plantation.

The conclusion easily and quickly reached by those who go on these tours is that Cuba is a lot like the pre-civil rights era southern states of the U.S.

The article below echoes much of what liberal columnist Eugene Robinson of the Washington Post discovered in Cuba.  His book Last Dance in Havana, which exposes Castronoid racism, was largely ignored.

It’s so rare to find reports such as this, even in lesser-known news outlets.


From Afro:

Baltimore Tourist Says Racism Exists in Cuba

Myra Queen, who knows what discrimination looks like having grown up in  a segregated section of Baltimore during the 1950s and ‘60s, said she saw subtle patterns of racism play out during a recent trip to Cuba.

Queen, 66, said she noticed during her weeklong trip that most of the staff waiting on her in restaurants were White. So were the people behind the counter at her hotel, despite the island’s large Black population.

Jeffrey Smith of California who was also on the trip, observed that Afro Cubans are almost invisible on the island, saying they are seen, but not necessarily heard.

“It just harkens back to the ‘60s when we were cooking and cleaning in hotels and not given management positions,” Smith, 55, said.

Queen and Smith were part of a 23-member group that was in Cuba from June 4-11, thanks to a cultural exchange through Morgan State University. DeWayne Wickham, founding dean of the university’s School of Global Journalism and Communication, takes Black journalists, students and professionals to the island twice a year to learn about Afro Cubans and their connection to Black Americans.

Wickham, formerly a USA Today syndicated columnist, has arranged the trips through his Institute for Advanced Journalism Studies since 2000. He said the mainstream media wasn’t covering Afro Cubans and their issues to his satisfaction, so he took matters into his own hands.

“It’s important to take Black journalists to Cuba because the stories we find are the stories that too often seem to be ignored [and] overlooked by White journalists when they get there,” Wickham said. “It’s not mean spirited, it’s that their life experiences don’t drive them toward those stories.”

Several members of the delegation talked about racism on the island with Esteban Morales Domínguez, a leading Afro-Cuban intellectual and Nancy Morejón, an Afro-Cuban poet, essayist and critic.

Domínguez, author of “Race in Cuba: Essays of the Revolution and Racial Equality,” called racism a cultural problem that many people deny exists.

He said he is trying to push the Cuban government to compile and release a list of employees in the island’s lucrative tourism industry by race and by job. Domínguez compiled a 2008 report for the Cuban government that showed between 62 percent and 72 percent of the island’s 11 million population was Black. But his report also revealed that the overwhelming majority of scientists, civic and public leaders and professors at the University of Havana were White.

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2 thoughts on “Afro-Americans encounter racism in Castro Kingdom”

  1. This is encouraging, but it won’t make much difference for the usual reason: the usual suspects, being willfully blind, won’t see it. Even if some minor attention is paid to this, it will simply be spun away or rationalized. Castro enablers cannot admit that Castro, Inc. is racist because that would amount to admitting they’ve been either gullible suckers or hypocrites (or more to the point, politically incorrect hypocrites, since PC hypocrites are perfectly acceptable). It remains astonishing how easily and how long the Castro regime has successfully sold its sham “emancipator” story, but it’s always far easier to sell a lie to those who want to believe it or stand to gain by acting as if they did.

    It’s really very simple, given even middling intelligence: by definition, a totalitarian system is never about freedom for anybody under its power–it cannot be. Thus, it is embarrassingly asinine at best to talk about blacks, gays or any other group in Cuba being somehow “liberated” by Castro, Inc. However, in a certain sense, it’s true that Castro Inc. does not discriminate–it effectively enslaves and uses absolutely everybody under its control, one way or another. The specific details very according to what best suits the PR needs of the regime, but it is always about what’s best for Castro, Inc., without exception–ever.

  2. This just in from the Castro Ministry of Truth:: “A esa negra de la primera foto no le pasa nada, pero es posible que esté frustrada por vivir en una zona donde no hay turistas extranjeros y no puede hacer dinero de disfrazarse de Mamá Inés. Eso, por supuesto, no es culpa de la Revolución.”

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