Obama’s Cuba Visit: Addressing the Myth of a Post-Racial Cuba

I was 16 years old when I first returned to Cuba and met my large extended family. It was exhilarating to see so many people who looked just like me and to see so many beautiful Afro Cubans everywhere.

I swear that Diahann Carroll’s twin is living in my mother’s small town of Alquizar and the unsung diva rides a bicycle to work.

Even at that young age I couldn’t reconcile the dichotomy between the racial makeup of the Cuban population on the island versus the population in the United States.

Why aren’t there more Afro Cubans in America? I asked my mother.  Continue reading

Images of Afro Cuba

Oh But You Don’t Look Cuban.  . . 

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All of the people in this slideshow are Cuban!

Now that you have viewed this the next time you meet a black person who tells you he or she is from Cuba, you cannot say “you don’t look Cuban or Latino.” Read on