This essay considers the way identity performances and theological claims of white Cuban theologians masks the long-historical racism that has haunted Cuban culture throughout its history. The author considers concerns among today’s Black Cubans that national reconciliation Miami-style may reimpose silence and secondarity upon them as citizens. They fear any attempt by exilic Cubans to radically change the present government in La Habana, lest it creates a one-way empowerment of White Cubans once again. True Cuban reconciliation must confront Cuban White supremacism. Otherwise national “reconciliation” would occur only among white Cubans on both sides of the Florida Straits, excluding Black Cubans. Latino Theology needs a macro-structural analysis of racial formation, and call theologically for the dismantling of systemic white racism and elitism.
Miguel A. De La Torre, "Masking Hispanic Racism: A Cuban Case Study," Journal of Hispanic / Latino Theology 6:4 (May 1999) 19-56.