Every Culture Has Dignity

Yenisel Rodriguez Perez

Photo: Linda Williams

HAVANA TIMES, Jan 2 — There are no canons that permit the prioritization of different cultures in our global society.

Each culture has its particular history. Today we should only base ourselves on the respect for differences, the respect for others.

There are no inferior or superior cultures. All respond to a group and to historical development.

We should keep in mind that any intolerance of difference is a sign of racism and discrimination.

The only reprehensible culture is that which aspires to renounce what is a universal human state to achieve its own motivations and needs.

Every person should be universal. To accomplish this, we must make ourselves original, more indigenous, more culturally specific.

Yenisel Rodriguez

Yenisel Rodriguez Perez: I have lived in Cuba my entire life, except for several months in 2013 when I was in Miami with my father. Despite the 90 miles that separate Havana and Miami, I find profound reasons in both for political and community activism. My encounter with socio-cultural anthropology eight years ago prepared me for a commitment of love for cultural diversity.

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