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Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 09:32 PM
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A Better View Of Our Neighbor To the South
A Better View Of Our Neighbor To the South

By Courtland Milloy
Sunday, April 18, 2004; Page C01


HAVANA

It took a few days being here, but I started loosening up. You really can walk down dark, narrow streets in this city and discover there is nothing to fear but fear itself.


I was still carrying a lot of that spooky old Cuban commie baggage when I arrived last week. The Cold War shadow was tailing me. I feared my room was bugged. Would they try to brainwash me, or just ply me with rum and make me talk?

In the end, all it took was a little tropical sunshine, and I was toast. Yeah, I'm down with the revolution, Fidel, and would you mind passing me a cigar?

I was here as part of a research project, sponsored by the Institute for Advanced Journalism Studies based at Delaware State University, to examine the influence of Africans in the Americas. In 1886, a rebellion of blacks and whites against Spanish colonial rule of this island helped end slavery in Cuba and put the nation on its way to becoming a truly integrated society.

Then, at the turn of the 20th century, the United States became a force in Cuban life, installing a series of puppet leaders who would institutionalize a Jim Crow style of racial segregation.
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patchdickens Donating Member (74 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 10:25 PM
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1. DID YOU SEE THE DOCUMENTARY
ON HBO
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