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White Supremacy and Miami Cubans
La Supremacia Blanca y los Cubanos de Miami

It is always impressive to listen to the reactions in Cuba around manifestations of white supremacy in Miami. They have very little knowledge about this, despite how open, crude and blatant the Cubans in Miami are. This lack of knowledge has all kinds of repercussions in Cuba - Miami relations, Cuba - US relations and Cuba's image in the world. It allows the Miami folks to paint the island as racist when the truth is the island is changing much faster than Miami and has a better track record, such as with the defeat of Apartheid. Miami is financing a lot of the business development in Cuba and is also responsible for a lot of the remittances. This comes largely from "White" Cubans and enables them to have a disproportionate impact in Cuba. The articles below mostly have to do with "White" Cuban protagonists, though this is rarely pointed out.

Call out claims of colorblindness.  6/3/2020 Corinna Moebius: "There are Facebook groups of Miami Cubans/Latinx that grow every single day, where members are calling out white supremacy and anti-blackness. Afro-Latinos are forming groups and building solidarity across local and national borders. Scholars like Monika Gosin, Alan Aja, Danielle Pilar Clealand, Yesenia Selier, Chanelle Rose, Paul Ortiz, Judith Williams and others have written about or are currently researching and writing about Latinx white supremacy and racism in Miami. These are all acts of resistance. We will not be silenced."

Siempre es impresionante escuchar las reacciones en Cuba en torno a las manifestaciones de la supremacía blanca en Miami. Tienen muy pocos conocimientos sobre esto, a pesar de lo abierto, crudo y descarado que es la cubanidad en Miami. Esta falta de conocimiento tiene todo tipo de repercusiones en Cuba: las relaciones de Miami y Cuba, las relaciones de Cuba y los Estados Unidos y la imagen de Cuba en el mundo. Permite a la gente de Miami pintar la isla como racista cuando la verdad es que la isla está cambiando mucho más rápido que Miami y tiene un mejor historial, como con la derrota del Apartheid. Miami está financiando gran parte del desarrollo empresarial en Cuba y también es responsable de muchas de las remesas. Esto proviene en su mayoridad de los cubanos "blancos" y les permite tener un impacto disproporcionado en Cuba. Los siguientes artículos tienen que ver principalmente con protagonistas cubanos "blancos", aunque esto rara vez se señala.

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Monumentos cubanos en peligro  6/30/2020 Cubanet: "Respetuosamente discrepo con el autor de la petición y con el consejo de dirección de la revista digital Comunistas que lo apoya. No creo que José Miguel Gómez sea autor de ninguna limpieza étnica, ni creo oportuno comenzar en Cuba una cacería de supuestos racistas para retirar sus estatuas. El Partido Liberal no discriminaba a los negros, de hecho José Miguel Gómez era amigo de Evaristo Estenoz, líder de los Independientes y las filas de los Independientes se nutrieron mayormente de los negros y mestizos del Partido Liberal. Como anécdota recuerdo que en la guerrita liberal de 1917 había muchos negros, incluso el padre del poeta Nicolás Guillén, el periodista negro Nicolás Guillén Urra murió peleando por el Partido Liberal y por José Miguel Gómez. La historia no es en blanco y negro, tiene muchos matices y sobre la base del análisis histórico puedo afirmar que José Miguel Gómez no tuvo ningún plan de limpieza étnica o exterminio de negros y mestizos."

Against Experts' Advice, Police Once Again Deploy Tear Gas at Miami Protest  6/29/2020 Miami New Times: "The widespread use of chemical agents on protesters in more than 100 US cities during the global coronavirus pandemic has drawn criticism from experts who say the substances could worsen the effects of COVID-19. Although chemical irritants are considered non-lethal, they can cause permanent disabilities if used incorrectly. Rubber bullets are far more damaging. A 2017 British Medical Journal analysis of projectiles used in crowd control found that 15 percent of people injured were permanently disabled and 3 percent died. Earlier this month, a Fort Lauderdale woman suffered a fractured skull after being hit by a rubber bullet at a protest."

Miami Cop Arrested And Charged After Tasing A Pregnant Woman On Her Stomach And Lying On The Police Report  6/26/2020 Blavity: "The Miami gardens cop dragged Safiya Satchell out of her car, knelt on her neck and began using a taser on her. She was pregnant and lost the child. "

As the country debates racism, support for Trump and views on race divide Cuban Americans  6/24/2020 Miami Herald: "Many conservative Cuban Americans believe that the #BlackLivesMatter movement and mainstream media exaggerate police excesses and racial discrimination issues to push a “leftist” agenda. Others, especially Afro-Cubans and those born or raised in the U.S., have expressed dismay at some responses that they believe are tone-deaf, especially when coming from Cuban activists concerned about human rights on the island. Ávila told the Herald he is “in favor of demonstrations” but does not support “that many extreme leftist groups have hijacked the outrage and channeled it to legitimize their agenda.”"

El violento de José Daniel Ferrer García  6/24/2020 Rosi Hernandez Contreras: "Todos sabemos que el violento de José Daniel Ferrer García hace lo que sea con tal de llamar la atención en las redes sociales pero esta vez se pasó tres pueblos. Resulta ser que este egocéntrico señor ordeno a los delincuentes que dirige raparse la cabeza como parte de un show mediático que intentan protagonizar asemejándose al grupo cabezas rapadas o Los skinheads. Amigos este grupo es conocido en todo el mundo como neo-nazis ya que pretenden limpiar la sociedad actual de lo que llaman “escoria”, aunque para ello deban recurrir a métodos de violencia que se conocen como “brigadas de limpieza”."

Cubans In Miami Hold An Anti-Black Lives Matter Protest For Trump!!  6/17/2020 MTO News: BLM is accused of being communist.

Respetando todas las opiniones esta mas o menos es la mi´a.  6/13/2020 Alexis Valdes: "Unas palabras sobre el debate acerca del racismo."

Miami citizens’ group to counter-protest Sunday  6/12/2020 Local 10: "Evelio Mendina wants to spread a message of peace. On Friday, he stood at the base of a statue of Christopher Columbus, one of two in downtown Miami that were defaced by protesters on Wednesday. “We’re defending what’s important and that is freedom. Basically, there’s room for everybody, as long as it’s peaceful.” Medina founded his own group called the Law Abiding Citizens’ Coalition. He was outraged to see the statues become the target of what were otherwise peaceful protests."

In 2018 Text, Miami Mayor Called Police Department Problems "Made Up"  6/11/2020 Miami New Times: "Danny Suarez served on the CIP from 2011 to 2016. He says that during that time, he saw the Internal Affairs department botch numerous investigations and watched as cops with histories of misconduct were permitted to remain on the force. Current CIP member Steve Navarrete, who has been on the panel for three years now, corroborates Danny Suarez's claims, saying the CIP's recommendations to MPD often go ignored. "There are some officers with a number of allegations against them. We make our recommendations, and most of the time the city will not follow our recommendations," Navarrete says."

Hay muchas personas que no tienen conciencia de la historia de los negros en EE.UU., dice profesor  6/11/2020 CNN: "La muerte de George Floyd puso nuevamente en debate el tema del racismo en Estados Unidos. ¿Es el racismo solamente patrimonio de los blancos o también está presente dentro de los hispanos? En Miami, José Manuel Rodríguez intenta dilucidar esta interrogante."

Marco Rubio called them ‘extremists.’ They’re really Miami rappers. They want a retraction.  6/10/2020 Miami Herald: "When cops arrested Marco Antonio Lopez on allegations that he vandalized patrol cars during a protest in downtown Miami, the arrest report noted he was part of a group known as the “Southern Slaves,” which “actively recruits people to violently protest the government.” That drew the attention of U.S. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who tweeted the arrest was evidence of “extremist groups” organizing to cause mayhem at protests over the death of George Floyd and police brutality. But the Southern Slaves aren’t an extremist group. And they are not monitored by the FBI or listed by hate-group trackers like the Anti-Defamation League or the Southern Poverty Law Center. They’re a group of aspiring hip-hop musicians from Miami’s Flagami neighborhood, buddies uploading their music online, doing shows at open-mic nights and spreading a message of what they consider government overreach. “We’re not terrorists. We love America. What we don’t love is systematic oppression and police brutality,” said Alonzo Martinez, 23, whose stage name is “Zo The Atlantean.”"

Analisis: El racismo en Miami ante acusaciones de periodista Mario Vallejo  6/10/2020 Noticias Generacion News 

"Cuban Lives Matter": Raudel Collazo pone la mira en la realidad de Cuba  6/9/2020 Radio Marti: "A Raudel Collazo no hay quien lo silencie, ni las propias autoridades castristas. Desde que comenzó su carrera en 2003, este artista contestatario ha producido numerosos temas que cuestionan la falta de derechos en Cuba y las represalias que existen contra aquellos ciudadanos que tienen la valentía de pronunciarse contra el régimen. Este martes el cantautor cubano lanza un nuevo tema titulado "Cuban Lives Matter", que parodia el slogan de las protestas contra el racismo y la violencia policial en EEUU “Black Lives Matter”, con el que busca -según dijo a Radio Televisión Martí- dirigir la atención a lo que sucede dentro de la isla."

(Tercer Round) DESDE MI BALCON: DIEZ PARRAFOS DE MEMORIA CONTRA LA PANDEMIA DEL OLVIDO  6/9/2020 Afrocuba lgbtiq+: "Otra memoria selecta oculta la historia negra de Miami en los sesenta, cuando la emigración cubana desplaza de sus barrios afroamericanos y bahameses, primero y haitianos después, diseñando la actual capital cultural de la Hispanoamérica blanca. Leyes del estado otorgaron privilegios suficientes para construir su estratégico enclave. Operación tan perfecta que en el famoso filme Moonlight, ganador de un Oscar, cuya historia negra sucede en Miami, hay una escena brechtiana en la playa, donde el protagonista explica al niño: “Hay mucha gente negra en Cuba, pero no lo sabes porque estás en Miami”. Esa puya descubre la presencia fantasmal afroamericana, empujada hacia el norte, incluyendo el black campus del Miami Dade College. Mas, esa memoria regresa, verificada por Alan Aja, Corina J. Moebius y Monika Gosin, sus libros cuestionan el silenciamiento de políticas raciales en un Miami olvidado y multicultural, visibilizan conflictos etno-raciales, marcan el éxodo de Mariel dislocando la demografía de la ciudad, muestra la presión cubana para ubicar los llamados marielitos en otros estados y ciertas tácticas de invisibilidad racial en esa urbe."

Andrés Albuquerque del Afro Cuban Forum sobre Ferguson  6/6/2020 Un Nuevo Dia: Esta muestra del periodo de Ferguson unos años atras muestra una reaccion que probablemente sigue hoy en dia en contra a los activistas afro. Andrés Alburquerque es presidente del Afro Cuban Forum en Miami.

Me llegó el fragmento de la directa de Eliecer Avila Cicilia con Sandor Valdes.  6/5/2020 Tania Bruguera: "Escuchar a Eliecer decir que el problema de la raza en EEUU es que los negros son vagos, cito “que es su culpa que no encuentran trabajo” es de una ignorancia política sin precedentes y es el argumento de los blancos racistas. Le recuerdo a Eliecer que en EEUU él no es considerado como blanco porque es latino."

Estados Unidos: personal médico protesta en Miami contra el racismo  6/4/2020 El Comercio, Peru: "Cientos de trabajadores sanitarios participaron este jueves en una protesta pacífica bajo el lema “batas blancas por vidas negras”, como respuesta al asesinato del afroamericano George Floyd a manos de la policía y para mostrar su repulsa al racismo sistémico, en solidaridad con la oleada de protestas que se ha extendido por todo Estados Unidos."

La hipocresía de #blacklivesmatter  6/4/2020 Red Afrocubanas: "La hipocresía de #blacklivesmatter con esto lo único que están logrando es apoyar y darle rienda a los malandros/ladrones/criminales Andan reidos de ver tanto apoyo del mundo como el apoyo de las celebridades (cantantes y actores) y muchos más.... lo único que están logrando con ese apoyo es perjudicar la seguridad de todos."

Call out claims of colorblindness.  6/3/2020 Corinna Moebius: "The racism in Miami's Cuban/Latinx community is stomach-turning. Reprehensible. Blatant. It's not just dog-whistles, it's overt."

Debate con Sandor Valdes  6/3/2020 Eliécer Avila: "Firma la Petición: FIN DEL BLOQUEO INTERNO EN CUBA"

Videos show Miami Beach arrests of black spring breakers slammed as racist by NAACP  3/17/2020 NBC: "The Miami-Dade chapter of the NAACP is calling for the removal of the Miami Beach police chief and city manager in response to videos showing police interactions with black spring breakers last week. In one of the viral videos, a Miami Beach police officer appears to grab a young woman by the throat after she falls onto the street following a collision with an officer. That video was uploaded to social media and has been viewed more than 390,000 times."

White Nationalists, Alt-Right Personalities Plan Rally on Miami Yacht  9/16/2019 Miami New Times: "But tickets are being sold on the website 1776.shop, which is run by Enrique Tarrio, a Miami native who leads the neofascist Proud Boys group." [Tarrio self identifies as AfroCuban.]

A Cuban-American Is Behind The Hate Group “The Proud Boys” And POC Have Questions  8/17/2019 We Are Mitu: "The Proud Boys is nationally led by Afro-Cubano Enrique Tarrio of Miami, and Latinos have something to say to him."

Haitian, Jamaican or American ... If you’re black in Miami, odds are you’re struggling  2/25/2019 Miami Herald: "A new study sheds light on the yawning gap in wealth in the Miami area between white households and households of color. Among non-white groups, it is Miami-area households identifying as black that continue to suffer most, according to the authors of the study, “The Color of Wealth in Miami.”"

11-year-old arrested after refusing to stand for Pledge of Allegiance  2/17/2019 NY Post: "The classroom kerfuffle happened when a substitute teacher, Ana Alvarez, ordered the boy to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance. When he told her he believed the flag was racist and the anthem was offensive, Alvarez asked him “why if it was so bad here he did not go to another place to live,” the teacher said in a statement to the school district. The teacher said he replied, “they brought me here.” Alvarez then told him, “Well you can always go back, because I came here from Cuba and the day I feel I’m not welcome here anymore I would find another place to live.”"

How was Miami’s Overtown neighborhood chosen as the place to expand I-95?  1/15/2019 The New tropic: "“By 1961, Overtown families began receiving surprise letters telling them they were expected to uproot and relocate from their homes within six to eight weeks,” Fields said in an email. “No mention was made of any appeal process, and ‘the rest is history.’” "

Hate Goes Mainstream With the Miami Proud Boys  12/10/2018 Miami New Times: "This past November 24, Tarrio, a Miami-born first-generation Cuban immigrant and business owner who has spent almost a year in federal prison, replaced McInnes as the group's chairman. In his "stepping-down gesture," as McInnes called it, he downplayed the group's involvement in far-right politics, saying, "We're not an extremist group, and we don't have ties with white nationalists." But screenshots of posts shared by Proud Boys in private groups show there's a good reason that white-nationalist label has been so hard to shake. And Tarrio has big plans for refocusing their message and using humor to mainstream the Proud Boys — even running some for office."

Third police officer sentenced to prison for framing black males  10/19/2018 Nation of Change: "After pleading guilty to framing innocent black men and punching a handcuffed suspect in the face, a third Florida police officer was sentenced Thursday to 27 months in prison for conspiracy to deprive a person of his civil rights and deprivation of civil rights under color of law. Two other officers have been sentenced to one year in federal prison, while their former police chief awaits sentencing next month."

Miami GOP Chairman just caught leading Proud Boys in attack on Democratic campaign office  10/19/2018 The Stern Fact: "Chairman Diaz even told me that he never heard of the Proud Boys, even though the Miami New Times caught local GOP Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart posting a photo of himself with one candidate of the group’s members just two months ago. But the video doesn’t lie, and it depicts Diaz only a few feet away from Miami Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio when he yelled: “Open up! It’s some Proud Boys in here.”"

Miami GOP Chairman Nelson Diaz leading Proud Boys hate group in attack on Democratic campaign office  10/19/2018 YouTube: "The Republican Party Miami-Dade's County Chairman led an angry mob of partisans with the local leader of national hate group the Proud Boys in an attack on a Democratic campaign office the week."

Why Young Men of Color Are Joining White-Supremacist Groups  9/4/2018 Daily Beast: "Tarrio, who identifies as Afro-Cuban, is president of the Miami chapter of the Proud Boys, who call themselves “Western chauvinists,” and “regularly spout white-nationalist memes and maintain affiliations with known extremists,” according to the Southern Poverty Law Center."

Black lawmaker says Miami Democrats have ‘lynched’ him in primary  8/16/2018 Miami Herald: "Hardemon, in interviews with the Miami Herald, said his party doesn’t like black people — “especially black men” — and claimed the chairman of the Miami-Dade Democrats recruited a Haitian-American candidate to boot him from office. This week, Hardemon went one step further, lobbing a racial accusation during a meeting of Democratic leaders in Doral. “It’s surprising to be lynched from the Democratic Party,” Hardemon said from a stage, standing next to Chairman Juan Cuba."

Miami Congressman Diaz-Balart Posts Photo With Alt-Right "Proud Boy"  8/10/2018 Miami New Times: "The Proud Boy who met with Diaz-Balart describes himself online as a military veteran and National Rifle Association "certified pistol instructor." He's repeatedly taken photographs with Miami-Dade County Republican Party members and appears to be involved with Carla Spalding's campaign for Florida's 23rd Congressional District, a seat currently occupied by Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Spalding has been endorsed by Roger Stone and has appeared on InfoWars, so it's perhaps not surprising that her campaign seems to include a Proud Boy, as well."

Cops, courts in Miami-Dade harsher on blacks. New study details stark racial disparities.  7/19/2018 Miami Herald: "No group in Miami-Dade County gets treated more harshly in the criminal justice system than blacks, according to a joint study released Thursday by the American Civil Liberties Union and University of Miami. Researchers, who analyzed five years of data between 2010 and 2015, found stark differences across the board."

Police chief, officers in Florida town accused of pinning crimes on blacks to help stats  7/12/2018 Miami Herald: ""If they have burglaries that are open cases that are not solved yet, if you see anybody black walking through our streets and they have somewhat of a record, arrest them so we can pin them for all the burglaries," one cop, Anthony De La Torre, said in an internal probe ordered in 2014."

A conversation about racism in Miami should include all groups – not just Cubans  6/2/2018 Miami Herald: "In my life — and in 38 years as a journalist covering every topic in the book in South Florida — I've witnessed racist and prejudiced words and acts from members of every group in our community. Yet the flurry of outrage and calls for conversation seem to happen only when the offender is Cuban or Cuban-American." [Cuban privilege!]

Miami's 'Cuban Cubicle' Creates Isolation That Fosters Racism – And Blackface  5/30/2018 WLRN: "In 2018 some if not much of Miami’s Cuban community still seems to think blackface is benign, good-natured humor. “Tres Viudas” has played to sold-out crowds since opening in January, and a glowing review in El Nuevo Herald called the blackface performance “masterful.” Few in the audiences, young or old, were bothered by it. And that raises concerns not just about Latinos’ denial of racism in their midst. It raises red flags – much as Barr’s tweet did – about the sort of cultural isolation that often fosters that denial."

Afro-Latinos Say Miami Blackface Play Is Part Of Bigger Problem With Racism In Latino Communities  5/29/2018 WLRN: "And supporters of the play kept telling her this was tradition, but Afro-Latinos say this is bigger than a play. For them, it's part of larger problem in Latino communities, where blackness is demonized and deemed inferior through art, entertainment and everyday conversations."

This Miami parody features an actress in blackface and the audience 'loves it'  5/19/2018 Miami Herald: "A popular Spanish-language theater near Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood has been entertaining its audiences for months with a parody that would spur outrage in many other cities. One of the leading actors in the play performs in blackface. The response from most of this audience: applause and laughter. “It has been a hit and no one has complained ... on the contrary, she is one of the favorites," said Marisol Correa, who oversees the venue where the play is showing. “The character is typical of the Cuban theater, the negrito cubano, but the person is never discriminated.”"

Manolín: "Vivimos en EE.UU. y le estamos muy agradecidos pero no hay por qué callar"  2/16/2018 Cibercuba: "Manolín, El médico de la salsa, ha publicado un texto en su perfil de Facebook a propósito del tiroteo en una escuela secundaria de Broward, el pasado 14 de febrero, en el que murieron 17 personas y otras 15 resultaron heridas. Más que aludir directamente a la tragedia, el músico cubano ha ido a la que considera la causa principal, el gran problema de origen: la venta de armas."

Miami Latinos Have Avoided Electing African American County Mayors, But That Could Finally Change  1/29/2018 Remezcla: "In 1983, Puerto Rican Miami Mayor Maurice Ferrer won his sixth consecutive two-year term against Cuban-born Xavier Suarez after a campaign that began to uncover the growing tensions between Miami’s Cuban majority and the Black minority. Many Black voters campaigned for Ferrer, resentful of the “Cuban takeover” of the city. Suarez’s supporters, in turn, were found holding signs that simply urged, “Cubans, vote Cuban.” As Luke wrote, only one Black county mayoral candidate has gotten a close chance at the seat: Arthur Teele, Jr. in 1995. Teele won a majority of the Black vote, but barely gained any Latino neighborhoods, while his opponent, Cuban born Alex Penelas, garnered 90 percent of the Latino vote come election day."

Hispanic Voters Will Never Elect a Black Miami-Dade County Mayor  1/22/2018 Miami New Times: "When he was seeking reelection in 2012, Gimenez showed up at every rally and black church to drum up endorsements. Though the black vote can push a candidate over the top in a countywide election, we somehow always select the best Cuban candidate. And once the Cuban candidate wins, he tosses the African-American community into the garbage. All we get in return is a giant F-you."

MIAMI CUBANS 4 TRUMP AND THE BATTLE FOR THE NATION.  11/7/2016 Cuba Counterpoint: "The exilio histórico’ support for Trump was a given. From Spanish talk radio, to public manifestos (like that of the 92-year old soap opera writer Delia Fiallo making the case that Clinton wants to impose a Soviet-type regime, Obamacare being exhibit #1), to demonstrations in front of the iconic Versailles Restaurant in Calle Ocho, the aging Cuban exiles have made the case for Trump on the basis of U.S. Cuba policy and historic resentment against the Democratic Party."

LIBERTY SQUARE: Power, History, & Race in Miami  10/25/2016 Liberty Square Rising, YouTube: "On January 29, 2015, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez announced that Liberty Square, one of the country’s oldest public housing developments would be “razed and redeveloped.” Built in 1937 during the New Deal and under Jim Crow, the development was the first segregated public housing in the United States, built to house black residents of Miami moving out of the crowded black community in downtown Miami know as Colored Town (now called Overtown)."

In 'Moonlight,' Growing Up Black, Gay And Poor In 1980s Miami  10/18/2016 NPR: "And he was struck by the ways in which the men in the story interact, "the gentleness and the kindness of the character Juan. And knowing that he was based on something in reality," says Jenkins. "When I jogged my memory, I thought back on growing up in the village, there were these men who would every now and then just go out of their way to be like, naw, naw, naw, don't do that. Leave that guy alone, or this or that. The men give each other dap, you know?"

Miami-Set ‘Moonlight’ is a Heartwrenching Exploration of Gay Black Masculinity With Echoes of Cuba  9/30/2016 Remezcla: "As he teaches Little about life, we learn that Juan is of Cuban descent – an Afro-Cuban character at the heart of a film concerned with what it means to a black man.'

Casi 60 arrestos en el primer día del festival urbano de Miami Beach  5/29/2016 Cibercuba: "No obstante, la Policía de Miami Beach percibe que hasta el momento esta fiesta espontánea que se inició el viernes y atrae a miles de personas a las calles de Miami Beach, en su mayoría afroamericanos, transcurre con normalidad y sin mayores incidentes."

The McDuffie Riots  5/11/2016 Miami Times: "“If the jury was half Black and half white would there have been a riot?” Dunn asked the room at HistoryMiami museum last week. “It was the most difficult thing I have seen in 75 years. It was worse than the 1926 hurricane. The hurricane damaged property. This damaged souls.”"

Florida politicians protect special status for Cubans  10/1/2015 Sun Sentinel: "Their amendment to the 1980 Refugee Education Assistance Act also included a key change: Cubans and Haitians were deemed a special category of “entrants.” They would be entitled to the same federal assistance as immigrants granted refuge and asylum as victims of political persecution. Haitians had difficulty tapping that assistance because they, like most other immigrants, were routinely turned away at sea or deported if they made it to the U.S. without permission. Cubans, on the other hand, had an open door as presumed refugees from communism."

Parsing the Memorial Day shooting in South Beach  6/5/2011 Beached Miami: "They do not report where they found the gun — on the “floorboard behind driver’s seat,” according to David Smiley, the Herald reporter covering the story — until Saturday afternoon. The delay here is odd since a lot of people immediately speculated that the police had fired more than 100 rounds at an unarmed black man, and this speculation reportedly worried the Head Honcho. In one of his articles, Smiley said Miami Beach Police Chief Carlos Noriega was “concerned about the publicity surrounding the shooting” and that he “called the gun’s discovery ‘great news.’”

Miami's Continuing Color Problem  12/14/2010 The Root: "There were too many police shootings of unarmed black men in Miami for my taste, and in the prior decade, one of the most notorious police shootings had led to violent riots. There was not a visible black middle-class community, although middle-class blacks were scattered about, but there were plenty of visibly poor and badly deteriorated black neighborhoods. African Americans were mostly politically marginalized and had even less economic power. Cuban Americans -- many of them fair-skinned "white" conservative Republicans, uninterested in power sharing -- were politically ascendant. (Afro-Cubans and other Afro-Latinos, for the most part, blended into the African-American community.) Non-Hispanic white residents were fleeing Dade County and heading to whiter suburbs in northern counties."

Only in Miami: Omara Portuondo Compared to the Ku Klux Klan  2/13/2010 Cuba Now: 'It seems that Mr. Prieres’ “school of thinking” does not admit that a Cuban figure as Omara Portuondo can freely sing in the United States. I guess that Mr. Prieres’ “environment” excludes the over 11 million Cubans living on the island. It seems to be an institution of poor education and thinking. According to Miami New Times magazine, the organization Vigilia Mambisa declared that Omara “is accomplice of the regime,” and anti-Cuban activist Emilio Izquierdo Jr. made this incredible comparison: “Brinign Omara Portuondo to Miami is like taking the Ku Klux Klan to Liberty City”. Perhaps Izquierdo does not know, or means nothing for him, but the Ku Klux Klan is a racist, terrorist organization founded in the US to kill, torture, or intimidate black, Jewish or other groups, including Catholics, peace activists, and unionists. Omara Portuondo is a Cuban woman of mixed race with unique voice and international prestige resulting from her huge talent. Comparing her to the Ku Klux Klan is like comparing Luis Posada Carriles to Bola de Nieve."

Apartheid protesters got it right  9/20/2009 Miami Herald: [Another fine example of the Miami Mafia debasing imagery from the Black struggle.]

Black Vs. White - Miami Remains The Same  5/27/2009 Miami New Times: "As much as I hate it when politicians play the race card when they are facing possible criminal charges, I can't just dismiss it either in the case of Spence-Jones. After all, Sarnoff is the city's only Anglo commissioner and Arriola is one of the most prominent Anglo Cuban Americans in Miami. Together they initiated a criminal probe into the city's only black, and only female, commissioner."

Miami Mayor to Apologize for 'Mandela Moment'  7/12/2003 Fox News: "Miami-Dade Mayor Alex Penelas (search) said Monday he would make an official apology to former South African president Nelson Mandela (search) next week. "If Mandela were in Miami today, I think he would receive an official welcome." Penelas said. Thirteen years ago, that was not the case. In June 1990, Miami's politically powerful Cuban exile community protested a visit by Mandela, newly released from a South African prison, for his praise of Fidel Castro (search), arch-enemy of Cuban exiles but friend of the anti-apartheid movement. Despite pleas by local African-American leaders, the cities of Miami and Miami Beach, along with Miami-Dade Country, refused to recognize Mandela when he visited the area for a labor conference. The Miami City Commission rescinded a proclamation honoring Mandela. Tourists angry at the Mandela snub launched a boycott that cost the city $25 million in lost revenue. Business leaders helped end the boycott in 1993, but tensions continued in the 1990s between blacks and Cubans after several incidents where Miami police roughed up Haitians."

Trial to begin for 11 Miami officers  1/6/2003 Boston Globe: "Based on information from two retired officers who pleaded guilty to conspiracy in September 2001, 11 other officers were indicted on federal corruption charges alleging coverups in four police shootings in which three men were killed… ''The history of Miami has been characterized by ugly police-community relations,'' said Howard Simon, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida. ''There is a loss of confidence, if not outright hostility, by the minority community because of the great number of shootings of typically unarmed black young men.'' …The four Miami shootings involved the killings of three black men. A fourth man was wounded, and another man involved in the shooting was not harmed."

listen to a panel discussion about race in Miami and Cuba  6/1/2000 NYT Archive: "lick the link below to listen to a panel discussion about race in Miami and Cuba as related to Mirta Ojito's article, "Best of Friends, Worlds Apart." The conversation ranges from anecdotes about discrimination in Miami to proposals on improving the strength of the Cuban community in an effort to combat racism in the city."

Miami Police Officer Is Acquitted In Racially Charged Slaying Case  5/29/1993 NYT: "In a decision met with anger and dismay among blacks in Miami, a Hispanic police officer who was convicted there in 1989 on two counts of manslaughter in the shooting deaths of two young black men was acquitted today in a second trial on the same charges. William Lozano, the 33-year-old, Colombian-born police officer who has been the focal point of the most racially charged case in Florida in the last decade, threw his arms up in joy and embraced his lawyers when the verdict was announced late this afternoon. But relatives of the men he killed broke into tears and left the courtroom of Judge W. Thomas Spencer, saying they were at a loss to explain the decision of the six-member jury."

Miami Journal; Boycott Over Visit Of Mandela Lives On  7/13/1991 NYT: "The City Commission rescinded a proclamation welcoming Mr. Mandela, and Mayor Xavier Suarez and four other mayors from the region openly criticized Mr. Mandela for not denouncing human rights violations in Cuba. Miami's blacks, who make up about 21 percent of the city's 359,000 residents, took that as a snub of royal proportions, an insult added to decades of economic, social and political injury. In response, on July 17, 1990, a small group of the city's black leaders began an economic boycott against the tourism industry, arguably the region's most important business. Now almost a year old, the boycott continues, and organizers recently declared their intention to turn up the heat a bit by sending out videotaped messages highly critical of Miami to organizations around the country likely to hold conventions or refer people to the area. The videos will urge them to keep their convention and vacation business away. Giant cruise ships still glide silently through Biscayne Bay and rental cars still seem to take up more than two-thirds of every parking lot, but the boycott has taken its toll. A spokesman for the boycott group, H. T. Smith, a lawyer, estimated that the campaign has cost the area $27 million in convention business. Officials from the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau estimate that of more than $200 million in convention business annually, about 19 conventions or meetings worth about $8 million have been canceled." [The real number was likely far higher.]

Miami Racial Tensions Fester  12/31/1982 WaPo: ""Leave these Latins get out of here, right now," shouted a local black leader, the Rev. Jonathan Rolle, in a television interview Wednesday night. "The Latin police, they just ride around in their cars, and they never get out," he said today in a telephone conversation. ". . . . The Latins are the ones who are killing the blacks." Archie Hardwick of the James E. Scott Community Association charged that the federal government, in its eagerness to help emigrants from Fidel Castro's Cuba, funneled money and energy into resettlement efforts that shortchanged other, black-oriented programs then getting under way in the Great Society years."
 
 

Antiracism in Miami

Marco Rubio called them ‘extremists.’ They’re really Miami rappers. They want a retraction.  6/10/2020 Miami Herald: "When cops arrested Marco Antonio Lopez on allegations that he vandalized patrol cars during a protest in downtown Miami, the arrest report noted he was part of a group known as the “Southern Slaves,” which “actively recruits people to violently protest the government.” That drew the attention of U.S. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who tweeted the arrest was evidence of “extremist groups” organizing to cause mayhem at protests over the death of George Floyd and police brutality. But the Southern Slaves aren’t an extremist group. And they are not monitored by the FBI or listed by hate-group trackers like the Anti-Defamation League or the Southern Poverty Law Center. They’re a group of aspiring hip-hop musicians from Miami’s Flagami neighborhood, buddies uploading their music online, doing shows at open-mic nights and spreading a message of what they consider government overreach. “We’re not terrorists. We love America. What we don’t love is systematic oppression and police brutality,” said Alonzo Martinez, 23, whose stage name is “Zo The Atlantean.”"

Estados Unidos: personal médico protesta en Miami contra el racismo  6/4/2020 El Comercio, Peru: "Cientos de trabajadores sanitarios participaron este jueves en una protesta pacífica bajo el lema “batas blancas por vidas negras”, como respuesta al asesinato del afroamericano George Floyd a manos de la policía y para mostrar su repulsa al racismo sistémico, en solidaridad con la oleada de protestas que se ha extendido por todo Estados Unidos."

Call out claims of colorblindness.  6/3/2020 Corinna Moebius: "There are Facebook groups of Miami Cubans/Latinx that grow every single day, where members are calling out white supremacy and anti-blackness. Afro-Latinos are forming groups and building solidarity across local and national borders. Scholars like Monika Gosin, Alan Aja, Danielle Pilar Clealand, Yesenia Selier, Chanelle Rose, Paul Ortiz, Judith Williams and others have written about or are currently researching and writing about Latinx white supremacy and racism in Miami. These are all acts of resistance. We will not be silenced."

Miami Latinos Have Avoided Electing African American County Mayors, But That Could Finally Change  1/29/2018 Remezcla: "In 1983, Puerto Rican Miami Mayor Maurice Ferrer won his sixth consecutive two-year term against Cuban-born Xavier Suarez after a campaign that began to uncover the growing tensions between Miami’s Cuban majority and the Black minority. Many Black voters campaigned for Ferrer, resentful of the “Cuban takeover” of the city. Suarez’s supporters, in turn, were found holding signs that simply urged, “Cubans, vote Cuban.” As Luke wrote, only one Black county mayoral candidate has gotten a close chance at the seat: Arthur Teele, Jr. in 1995. Teele won a majority of the Black vote, but barely gained any Latino neighborhoods, while his opponent, Cuban born Alex Penelas, garnered 90 percent of the Latino vote come election day."

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Links/Enlacestop

Miami’s Forgotten Cubans by Alan A. Aja

The Racial Politics of Division: Interethnic Struggles for Legitimacy in Multicultural Miami, Monika Goslina
  

White Supremacist Miami Media

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White Supremacists Miami Groups

Law Abiding Citizens’ Coalition
  

Black Groups aligned with the Cuban Plantocracy

Afro Cuban Forum

Albuquerque sobre Ferguson  6/6/2020 Un Nuevo Dia: Esta muestra del periodo de Ferguson unos años atras muestra una reaccion que probablemente sigue hoy en dia en contra a los activistas afro. Andrés Alburquerque es presidente del Afro Cuban Forum en Miami.

 
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