Racism, Racism And Racial Profiling

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Throughout the assigned texts we have been reading there have been many underlying themes that all contribute to one major theme, racism in early
Cuba. Early white Cuban’s and Cuban politicians denied racism in the country as a whole, calling Cuba a nation of Racial Democracy, but the entire social, economical, and political classes were setup with a type of “caste” system based off of racial profiling. Cuba’s desire for being considered elite among nations during the time period led to Cuba losing a lot of its true culture tied to Africa and African culture. In Robin Moore’s “Nationalizing Blackness” the first chapter consists of certain types of callouts or names used by Cuban locals to describe levels of blackness throughout the community. These types of names given to either black people or people of mixed color show that racism and racial profiling were extremely prevalent in early Cuba. These “normal” titles for people of color would be considered extremely offensive or racist in today’s American society.
When Jose Marti claims the ideological view of racial democracy for Cuba, one can quickly assess that this claim of racial democracy was enabling Cuba to maintain a proper, non-racist view in the eyes of other countries. Cuba wanted to maintain a progressive, elite look in the eyes of other nations, especially Europeans and Americans. While Marti’s claims about everything being equal after the fighting of the colored Cuban soldiers with the white Cuban soldiers

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