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“There’s been such a strong effort to get away from Blackness and Indigenousness in Cuba for generations that they’ve been able to get away from a racialized identity. We’re now identified as ‘White.’ But coming to America, we experience a new and painful reality of race. I experienced much of that pain myself. I was repeatedly told growing up that I was White, so coming to the U.S., it was painful being asked ‘Well, what are you?’ ‘I’m Cuban.’ ‘You can’t be Cuban. Cubans are White!’ That’s the stereotype here in the United States – Cubans are White. And White American children reminded me all the time that I was not White. ”

Tony
Miami, Florida
Original/Aboriginal Man

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