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Antiracism in CubaThe Unfinished Revolution$
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Devyn Spence Benson

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781469626727

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469626727.001.0001

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From Miami to New York and Beyond

From Miami to New York and Beyond

Race and Exile in the 1960s

(p.122) 3 From Miami to New York and Beyond
Antiracism in Cuba

Devyn Spence Benson

University of North Carolina Press

In the 1960s Cubans moved back and forth between Cuba and the United States, but even when they did not, the flow of ideas, histories, and debates about race shaped how Cubans, Cuban Americans, and African Americans understood race and revolution. Chapter 3 explores three parallel forces that defined the role race played in the Cuban diaspora: 1) the influences the campaign to eliminate racial discrimination had on Cuban decisions to go to the United States; 2) the movement of racial rhetoric between Cuba and southern Florida; and 3) the similar but divergent ways that Afro-Cubans experienced exile. Importantly, this chapter uses oral histories to examine how Afro-Cuban exiles struggled to create a safe space for their families in Cuba or southern Florida—a situation that led many of them to relocate to northern U.S. cities instead of Miami.

Keywords:   Cuban exiles, Miami, Racial anxieties, New York, Afro-Cuban exiles, Juan René Betancourt, Cuban Roots, Bronx Stories

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