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Latino Daily News

Friday June 3, 2011

Is Racism Still an Issue in Cuba?

Thursday, a Cuban official announced that a media campaign will soon be launched to highlight programs that address, and hope to eliminate, the island’s still-present racism.

Heriberto Feraudy, head of the Cuban Commission against Racism, said the programs are necessary despite the fact that many believe the Fidel and Raul Castro governments did away with racism by way of continuing a Communist regime, in which the idea is that everyone is equal. But while Cuba officially denies any discrimination, Feraudy and his colleague, economist Esteban Morales worry that the Cuba’s less socialist future could once again divide the island-nation.

The two, both black themselves, agree that racism still exists on the island, and do not like the idea that programs helping blacks “had to be terminated” due to budget cuts.