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HBCU Money™ Business Book Feature – Castro, the Blacks, and Africa


Professor Carlos Moore, an Afro-Cuban of Barbadian and Jamaican origin gives an informed view of race relations in post-revolutionary Cuba. Though not the usual made-in-Miami anti-Castro harangue, Professor Moore is harsh on Castro’s ruling class and attempts to shatter many of the romanticized myths of the colour blind Revolution. In fact, Moore argues that the Revolutionary leaders already imbued with their own prejudices and racialist values applied them in their dealings with Afro-Cubans. Professor Moore writes that the Revolution made no allowances for negritude and that it was policy to decry all attempts at African awareness and preservation of African culture and values.
Interestingly, Professor Moore argues that Castro’s internationalist forays into Africa were self-serving. The writer perceives these as as attempts to placate the increasingly disaffected, disenchanted Afro Cubans and build third world solidarity to counterbalance isolation from the developed world. Of interest also are the appendices to Castro, The Blacks and Africa. Scholars of race and the sociology of the Caribbean and Latin America discuss race issues and ethnology in Latin America. These appendices serve to underscore Professor Moore’s premise that the Revolution did not attempt to solve the racial issues in Cuba.
Professor Carlos Moore’s work is well written, with interesting photographs and makes for good reading. It also serves as a useful reference text not only on the Cuban Revolution, but also on race relations in the Caribbean and Latin America.

HBCU Money™ Business Book Feature – Pichon: Race and Revolution in Castro’s Cuba: A Memoir


Revolutionary black nationalist Carlos Moore breaks three decades of silence to challenge Castro’s legacy in this controversial, behind-the-scenes memoir that explores the Revolution from a perspective of a pichón, the racist Cuban term for a black of Haitian or West Indian descent. After more than thirty years in exile, continually under the threat of retribution from the Cuban regime, Moore steps forward to reveal the truth: Fidel’s Revolution was a success for white Marxists. But for Cuban blacks, the Revolution was basically business as usual, a cover-up of their ongoing struggle for racial, political, and social enfranchisement. Fidel Castro and his men rose from the ranks of the patriarchal, white Spanish-Cuban elite, and the Revolution did not weaken those ties.