In 2013, Cuban writer, editor and intellectual, Roberto Zurbano, penned an editorial for the New York Times titled "For Blacks in Cuba, the Revolution Hasn't Begun." I read this essay when it was first published, but I came across it again today while perusing an article on Cuban artists in Okay Africa . It's such a good piece, so I thought I'd share a few poignant quotes:
1. "Racism in Cuba has been concealed and reinforced in part because it isn’t talked about. The government hasn’t allowed racial prejudice to be debated or confronted politically or culturally, often pretending instead as though it didn’t exist"
2. " An important first step would be to finally get an accurate official count of Afro-Cubans. The black population in Cuba is far larger than the spurious numbers of the most recent censuses."
3. " It is unrealistic to hope for a black president, given the insufficient racial consciousness on the island. But by the time Raúl Castro leaves office, Cuba will be a very different place."
Read the full essay here.