By Ben Cohen
Eugene Robinson reports on the myth of Cuban racial harmony, a major bragging point for the Castro brothers:
Race is a touchy subject in Cuba, and for many years it went all but
unmentioned. Raul Castro, who knows the island and its people as well
as his older brother does, caused a stir in 2000 when he said that if a
hotel were to deny entry to a person because he or she is black, that
hotel should be shut down—an acknowledgment that such things happen.
Popular rappers in Cuba’s hip-hop underground have made racial
grievance a major theme of their daring lyrics. I once interviewed a
Cuban scholar whose husband, an officer in the military, pooh-poohed
her research into racial discrimination—until he had the experience of
being detained and harassed by police for no apparent reason other than
his dark skin.