Cuba has two Black female vice-presidents after historic change in leadership

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By Kimberley Richards,

As Miguel Mario Díaz-Canel Bermudez officially became Cuba’s new president last week, more black officials were notably chosen for high positions of power in the nation’s new government than before, The New York Times reported.

Cuba’s new council now includes three Afro-Cuban vice presidents: first vice president Salvador Valdes Mesa and vice presidents Inés María Chapman and Beatriz Jhonson. There are now three women in the new council total. Díaz-Canel’s leadership will mark the first time the nation will have a president outside the Castro family in decades. Díaz-Canel’s predecessor, 86-year-old Raul Castro, younger brother to Fidel Castro, will remain head of the Communist Party, TIME reported.


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  1. Walter Teague · Works at Self-Employed
    Ramon Colas is not only anti-racist, but clearly anti-socialist. If instead of distorting the history saying Fidel “declared that racism is a problem that ended,” he would have stated more accurately that while the Cuban party and leaders had that line some time ago, since then through the efforts of many Cubans and others who saw the problem and its legacies had been substantially address since the revolution, but still remains unacceptably present and therefore wrote and spoke out for more efforts. Fidel and other leaders have in recent years accepted there is more to do and the issue has been raised increasingly. A quick Google search of Cuba Racism Today, for example will show a wide spectrum of writings and reporting. Some of the more scholarly efforts include Racism in Cuba by Esteban Morales Domínguez. There are other more recent works, so that the inclusion of greater numbers of representatives representing Cubans of greater color and gender issues awareness in government is no accident. As anyone knows who has struggled to better human relations, the problems are deeply ingrained not only in the social structures, but also in the minds and habits of people. Cuba is not exception, but has made great strides. Anyone interested can easily find wonderful histories that don’t just rail ideologically and with political bias. I would urge anyone wanting to understand Cuba in all its aspects to read the recent work The History of Havana by Dick Cluster and Rafael Hernandez.

    Always helps to know a persons bias when assessing their information. Me? I’m pro-progressive and been anti-racist since segregated Virginia in 1942! It has improved, but the USA is still a most profoundly racist country – as MLK Jr. bravely declared in one his last and seldom played speeches.


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