HAVANA TIMES — Following criticisms of racism on the island leveled by Cuban scholar Roberto Zurbano last week in The New York Times, several cultural figures have weighed into the debate.
“I found it outrageous that a black Cuban revolutionary bluntly claimed that ‘for black Cubans, the revolution hasn’t begun,” wrote Guillermo Rodríguez Rivera in the blog of singer-songwriter Silvio Rodriguez.
The officialist website La Jiribilla also criticized the intellectual for using “the wrong publication and the wrong language.” The journal explained the writer’s misstep on “(his young) age and not having experienced that stage or having well documented it.”
In his article Zurbano said, “The private sector on the island now enjoying a certain degree of economic liberalization, but blacks aren’t well positioned to take advantage of it.” He also criticized the Cuban government for having been “unable to overcome” racism” in his 54 years in power.
Unofficial sources close to the author commented that the title of the article in The New York Times was changed by the publisher. Instead of “For Black Cubans, the Revolution Hasn’t begun,” it should have read “For Black Cubans, the Revolution Isn’t Over.”
See comments on the NYT interview by Esteban Morales.