This concluding chapter briefly describes what had become of the musicians, social clubs, ethnic institutions, and other opportunities for cultural expression explored throughout the text. It argues that these cultural productions and racialized expectations had shaped future claims of belonging and modes of (self-)identification as “Afro-Cuban” and “Afro-Latino/a.” It also considers how post-1965 Latin American and Caribbean migration and the Cold War-era politics have conditioned popular memory and historiography toward a dismissal of the similarities and links between Cuban migration and that of Puerto Ricans, Mexicans, and other Latino/a groups. The chapter ends by examining the controversy surrounding Republican politician Marco Rubio, who in 2011 was revealed to have lied about his family background. This controversy suggests that the local and transnational dimensions of identity making and community building continue to persist and circulate today.
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