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Restored relations with Cuba could empower its black communities

Secretary of State John Kerry will be in Cuba this week to raise the American flag at the U.S. embassy in Havana for the first time in over 50 years. Since the announcement of restored relations was made last year and tourism in Cuba is now a possibility, the media has been eager to cover the island from every angle. But there’s a side to life in Cuba that hasn’t quite reached the public eye; a Cuba where racism and discrimination persists.

Harvard professor and historian Henry Louis Gates Jr. told Fusion’s Jorge Ramos he hopes Cuba’s opening will start a dialogue about race.

“Contrary to the claims of the [Cuban] Party and the revolution, socialism and communism did not wipe out racism,” Gates told Ramos. “The power structure in Cuba is still overwhelmingly white.”

Ramos sat down with Gates, an expert on race relations, to discuss how racial tensions on the island compare to those here in the U.S., and the similarities between black communities in both countries.

 

 

 

Restored relations with Cuba could empower its black communities

Secretary of State John Kerry will be in Cuba this week to raise the American flag at the U.S. embassy in Havana for the first time in over 50 years. Since the announcement of restored relations was made last year and tourism in Cuba is now a possibility, the media has been eager to cover the island from every angle. But there’s a side to life in Cuba that hasn’t quite reached the public eye; a Cuba where racism and discrimination persists.

Harvard professor and historian Henry Louis Gates Jr. told Fusion’s Jorge Ramos he hopes Cuba’s opening will start a dialogue about race.

“Contrary to the claims of the [Cuban] Party and the revolution, socialism and communism did not wipe out racism,” Gates told Ramos. “The power structure in Cuba is still overwhelmingly white.”

Ramos sat down with Gates, an expert on race relations, to discuss how racial tensions on the island compare to those here in the U.S., and the similarities between black communities in both countries.

 

 

 

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