Black Cuban Black American Analysis

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Destin Mizelle
Black Cuban Black American

The Great Divide
Throughout American history, people has been unfairly separated by their race and class; unfortunately, the poor and marginalized individuals always tend to be oppressed by their wealthy white counterparts. In the Autobiography, Black Cuban, Black American, Written by Evelio Grillo, goes in to depth on the constant identity struggles and racial inequity a Black Cuban male faces in Ybor City, Florida. During the 1900, the cigar business was flourishing in Ybor City and an abundance of Cubans moved to the city for work. Once the Cubans were in American they separated into two group White Cuban and Black Cuban; White Cubans unsuccessfully tried to integrate into white society and Black Cubans were
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It wouldn’t be an outcast statement to criticize White Cubans for contributing to the oppression and dehumanization of Black Cubans. In the essay, The meaning of Race and Ethnicity, written by Perter Wade, explains that “bodily cues can be used to mean various things: thus a certain skin tone and hair texture in the US might mean ‘black’, whereas in Latin America it might mean ‘mulato’: bodies themselves are socially constructed” (13) Realizing that racial oppression is all because of the socially constructed idea of white superiority indeed seems silly, however it is a harsh reality Blacks all around the world face. Instead of dividing based on skin color, Black Cubans and White Cubans should have come together as a unit to combat the preexisting racial oppression that was already facing them in America. In closing, marginalized groups have to bond over similarities rather the quarrel over differences, nothing good come from these quarrels and it causes uncertainty in their youth’s identity because they spend more time disagreeing rather than embracing their

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