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Race Relations in Revolutionary Cuba: A Personal Story

Thu July 23, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm EDT

Havana Times photo/ Emilio Suarez

What happened to George Floyd simply does not happen in Cuba.

In a recent article the distinguished scholar August H. Nimtz pointed out that “ If the murder of George Floyd has its origins in the institution of racial slavery, as some would argue, then we should expect to see similar outcomes in Cuba. It existed there almost a century before being planted in what would become the United States. And it outlived America’s “peculiar institution” by two decades. But what happened to George Floyd simply does not happen in Cuba.”

Why? What has been done in Cuba to uproot racism in the face of tremendous challenges including more than five decades of aggressive policies by the US including war, terrorism, and blockade? Is there no racism in Cuba today?

Gloria Caballero
Gloria Caballero

In 2000 Fidel addressed the issue of racism in a speech in Harlem in which he said: I am not claiming that our country is a perfect model of equality and justice… It was some time before we discovered that marginality and racial discrimination with it are not something that one gets rid of with a law or even with ten laws, and we have not managed to eliminate them completely, even in 40 years.”

Presenter: Dr Gloria Caballero, Ph.D., 2008, University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her research interests include women and gender studies, with a focus on diversity and inclusion, literary theory, race, the formation of racialized nations, the power of storytelling, film studies, women directors, and Afro-Cuban contemporary visual art.

Dr Gloria Caballero grew up in Cuba and lived there during the Special Period. In this online discussion she will address these issues from a personal and academic perspectives.

Antiracism and Peace

RegisterClick here to register for this event.  First in a series of online discussions on Antiracism and Peace.

Sponsors:  Latin America Solidarity Coalition of WMASS * Massachusetts Peace Action* Traprock Center for Peace and Justice


Thu July 23, 2020
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
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