The voice of one can influence the actions of many, cuban national hero, Jose Marti is a prime example of this statement. In the late 18th century Spain had power and control of Cuba. Cuba and Spain had a long complicated history, leaving the Cuban people determined to take back their land and economy from the unfair rulers that were the Spaniards. The first rebellion, the ten-year war, ended in an unsatisfactory stalemate leaving the Cuban people with limited resources and hope. The writer and activist Jose Marti had supported Cuba’s independence for most of his life, he wrote about the dream of independence in poems, essays and letters. While in the United States he began to rally up those who had fought in the
In light of all the atrocities enacted upon mankind, none were as demeaning and repugnant as slavery. On the island of Cuba, slavery flourished for over 300 years with more than one million slaves being trafficked from Africa and China. Many of these slaves were brought over to work on large plantations that harvested tobacco, coffee and sugar cane. Life on the plantations was not only exhausting, but a slave’s life was often cut short due to the rigorous demands of crop and factory production. Slavery was finally abolished on the island in 1886, but had already left its indelible mark on Cuban society. This essay will cover the different facets regarding slavery in Cuban society and its effects on modern day Cuba.
Cuba is one of the most developed countries in latin america and has outpaced the united states and other developed countries in terms of gender equality. Attempting to untangle the dynamic of womanhood in the caribbean is more complex than it seems. We have to take a
By definition the Dominican Republic is a Caribbean Hispaniola Island that is shared with Haiti to the West. The Dominican Republic today is a major tourist destination and has become a major source of sugar, coffee, and other exports. But the Dominican Republic had to suffer a lot in order to prevail the way they did, undergoing being enslaved by the Spaniards while on the other side of the island the Haitians were enslaved by the french hence the obvious difference in languages and cultures. The main difference is that the Dominican Republic lost their racial identity and until the present day are unaware of their true racial identity. Slavery affects every country and person differently but in the Dominican Republic, slavery took away the nation’s identity.
Racial disparity in Brazil is best explained in Abdias Nascimento article, Quilombismo: An Afro-Brazilian Political Alternative. “I believe that the Black and mulatto the Brazilian of colour must have a racial counter-ideology and a counter position in socioeconomic terms. The Brazilian of colour must strive simultaneously for a double change: socioeconomic change in the country, and change in race and colour relations.” In 1968, through these words, Afro-Brazilian scholar, artist, and politician Abdias Nascimento called attention to the potentially divergent but essentially related nature of the two main objectives of Afro-Brazilian activism: first, to effect concrete change in the distribution of social and economic power in Brazil, and second,
In, “Not Just (Any) Body Can Be a Citizen”, author M. Jacqui Alexander explores, examines and expounds on the socio-political forces and machinations which have influenced the legislation in Trinidad and Tobago and The Bahamas, regarding specific sexual identities and manifestations. Primarily using the laws of both countries pertaining to sexual offenses, she discusses how homosexuality and other non-reproductive sexual acts and lifestyles have been outlawed in both nations. In her argument, she outlines how persons of such alternative lifestyles (including herself) have been carefully constructed as deviant, immoral and ultimately destructive to the moral and social fiber of the country. They are counterproductive to the state-imagined heteronormative, civilized state and, as such, must be criminalized and prohibited from enacting such “unnatural” behavior within the general society. More specifically, however,
When it comes to certain topics, multiple interpretations can be revealed, as an argument progresses. Sometimes it may be hard to tell which side is in the right. Subsequently, opinions continuously fly back and forth between individuals who can’t seem to stop disagreeing with each other. Moreover, internal conflicts occasionally arise as well, within each individual, due to new information that develops from their personal trials. Finding a piece of literature where the reader can relate to is a great fortune. In my opinion, Americo Paredes created an effective work, within his book George Washington Gomez. He successfully touched base on certain struggles that an individual with Mexican legacy encounters in this world that is run predominantly
Before becoming a full time poet and novelist margarita angle was a normal girl. Margarita grew up in Los Angeles and spent time with her extended family in Cuba during the summer (Margarita Engle).Margarita Engle raises awareness about Cuban culture and Cuban history through her literary works The Surrender Tree, The Poet Slave, and Drum Dream Girl.
The bias of migration is usually ignored, people overlook the pains that immigrants went through in order to start a new life. Like most, immigrants left their countries because of economics or political reasons. The first waves of Cuban immigrants were of the upper and middle class. They were welcomed by the U.S because of their economic and intellectual value. The U.S was happy to open its doors to the Cubans because they were fleeing from a communist government and moving to a democratic one. However, the U.S was not as friendly to those of lower social class.
After becoming dependent on other failing nations to acquire the essentials for our country to become adequate, Cuba is stuck leading a nation to continued suffering. How are we, the citizens of Cuba, supposed to willing let corrupt leaders take advantage of us? We demand the right to free speech without punishment. We deserve the right to a fair trial. We require our basic human rights to be met. We should not feel unsafe and suppressed in our homeland. We cannot continue to remained trapped on this island. We did not give up democracy during the Cuban Revolution to be oppressed by a communist government for half of a century (The Cuban Libre Story). Let the following evidence depict our grievances.
The Cuban Missile Crisis was one of the most important and scary event that happened in the 1960’s. There were many people from the Soviet, Cuba, and the U.S. that were involved in this event. Mostly people involved in government or military. The threat made many people panic. People thought World War 3 was going to start if we didn’t stop the threats, which was very possible. They would store food and supplies and even build bomb shelters. Also they would save and hoard gas for cars and other vehicles. At this time, many people from these places distrusted each other. The missile crisis was a series of threats between the Americans, Soviets, and Cubans about bombs that started on October 14th, 1962 and ended about
This account was created to provide prove of the difference in citizenship in Saint Domingo, better known as Haiti. Similarly, within our course materials there is plenty of information regarding the Spanish of being racist, slave owners, and imperialist. Also, the inquisitions brought about some of the most disturbing religious extremism human beings has ever encountered. However, the message of the source is that
In George Reid Andrew’s journal entry entitled “Black Workers in the Export Years: Latin America,” Andrews poses the challenging question, “What were the impacts of the export years on racial dynamics and “racial orders” in Latin America?” Andrew replies with a complex answer: why owning land, racializing labor migrations, and unionizing ethnics groups produced a vast amount of racial conflict and provided space for negotiation in the workforce of multiracial Latin American regions.
The United States is the world’s champion with a number of immigrants. Among them, the black population needs a special attention. The article makes an accent on African immigrants because their participation in this process is exceptional in terms of their race and the types of stigma and prejudice they collide as a result. Making qualitative conclusion, author states that relocation has always been a characteristic sign of the African American (Mathieu, S.-J., 2009). Slave trade period was well-known for forced taking away of African people from Africa in the South of America and Caribbean; humans were pushed into terrible terms of condition and existence. In this essay I would distinguish motivations to migrate of black Americans, means and consequences of the Great Migration, black migrants in the press and how did they were described and the cultural diversity after relocation, that are stated in the article.
The main idea of of this reading is to show the irreversible damage that has been done to Fidel Lopez. Fidel Lopez was severely beaten by African Americans who were protesting for injustices being committed to the African American community. Luckily, he was saved by Bennie Newton. Lopez was repeatedly kicked and drained in gasoline. I believe that the writer wrote about Fidel Lopez because it was something that was left out of during the madness. There's a possibility that people might or might not know about Fidel Lopez. During the time of the craziness, no one would talk or mention of what happened to Fidel. I think Fidel believes that he is not going to judge all African Americans for what happened. He believes there is good among evil.