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The Power of Race in Cuba: Racial Ideology and Black Consciousness During the Revolution

Danielle Clealand


The Power of Race in Cuba analyzes racial ideologies that negate the existence of racism and their effect on racial progress and activism through the lens of Cuba. Since 1959, Fidel Castro and the Cuban government have married socialism and the ideal of racial harmony to create a formidable ideology that is an integral part of Cubans’ sense of identity and their perceptions of race and racism in their country. While the combination of socialism and a colorblind racial ideology is particular to Cuba, strategies that paint a picture of equality of opportunity and deflect the importance of race a ... More

Keywords: Cuba, racial ideology, race, racism, racial attitudes, black identity, black consciousness, black politics, racial democracy, colorblindness, racial discrimination, Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, socialism, black public opinion, race relations, racial politics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190632298
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190632298.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Danielle Clealand, author
Assistant Professor of Political Science, Florida International University