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Black Caucus See Advantage of Lining Cuban Embargo

Black Caribbean Literature (BCL)
Reed,Bill (Author)
Newspaper Article
Publication Date:
Apr 23-Apr 29, 2009
Jacksonville, FL
African American Research Center, Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject Term:
International relations, United States, African Americans, Cuba, Castro, Fidel, Caribbean, Legislators, Obama, Barack, Scholarships & fellowships, Presidency, Embargoes & blockades
At the recent Summit of the Americas, President [Barack Obama] suggested that the U.S. could learn a lesson of goodwill from Cuba. In 1998, Cuba's government began programs to send large-scale medical assistance to poor populations affected by natural disasters. Each year some 2,000 young people enroll at the school, which operates from a former naval base in a suburb of Havana. Cuba's 21 medical faculties all train young people of poor families from throughout the Americas, as well as hundreds of African, Arab, Asian and European students. The country sends teams of doctors all over the world to respond to natural disasters. Cuban doctors have provided medical services to the underserved in Africa for over a decade. Blacks' views of relations with Cuba differ vastly from those of most Cuban immigrants and Cuban-Americans. The former lily-white upper crust of Cuban society wield political clout in Florida and are dead set against normalizing relations with Cuba's government. Consequently most politicians have chosen to adopt Cuban-American views. From 1960 to 1979, hundreds of thousands of Cubans began new lives in the US. Most of these Cuban Americans came were from educated upper and middle classes and form the backbone of the anti-[Fidel Castro] movement. Cuban Americans are America's fifth-largest Hispanic group and the largest Spanish-speaking group of white descent.