I don’t want to overstate the degree to which Cuba is in denial about racism. For instance, I took this photo of a wall in Camagüey:

             Yesterday I listened for the first time to a CD I bought in Cuba: Tony Ávila’s En tierra. This is a link to a video performance of the first song, “Científicamente negro”. It’s about being a Black Cuban (and the youtube is entitled “Un negro como yo”). Some day I’ll figure out all the lyrics. (Although I speak Spanish, understanding singing is not easy.) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fs21L4ehQcg&feature=related

The Cuba episode of the PBS documentary series Black in Latin America and the kaleidoscope of responses to it provide much food for thought. http://www.pbs.org/wnet/black-in-latin-america/featured/black-in-latin-america-full-episode-cuba-the-next-revolution/219/


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