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Cuba officially announces two Black women as new vice-presidents

New Cuban Vice-President Inés María Chapman and Beatriz Jhonson 

The women join first vice president Salvador Valdes Mesa in the high-powered position.

Cuba’s newly appointed President Miguel Mario Díaz-Canel Bermudez took office last week.

A history of Castro

This is a major shake-up and the first time Cuba is seeing a new President outside of Fidel Castro family leadership.

Castro’s 86-year-old brother, Raul will continue as head of the Communist Party,  according to TIME.  

Castro acknowledged that although the women are Afro-Cuban, they were elected to positions of power, not only because of their ethnicity, but because of what they bring to the table.

“Three women were elected vice president of the Council of State, two of them Black – not only for being Black, but for their virtues and qualities.”

“We still have the battle of proportions,” and “not just in numerical aspects but qualitative – in decision-making slots,” said Castro.

Activist Ramon Colas believes that while these appointments have great historical significance, the importance may now trickle down to the people who need it most.

“The Cuban revolution has historically been white, and seen from the outside as a revolution by white men, where Black people were part of the crowd, spectators who were silent or applauded, but never participated.”

Unfortunately, many believe that not much will change in Cuba with the new leadership.

He added, “Wouldn’t it be great if they used those positions to say, ‘As a Black Cuban, I am against injustice against Black people in Cuba?’ I doubt that they can do that. They are not allowed. Fidel declared that racism is a problem that ended.”

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Comment by conscious1 on May 4, 2018 at 4:10pm

Big up to Cuba!!!!!!  

Comment by Ab Gai on May 2, 2018 at 12:31am

Those white-looking Cubans in Florida must be foaming from the mouth to see black Cubans in power. 

Comment by autry chambliss on April 27, 2018 at 5:19pm


Comment by vaughn mitchell on April 26, 2018 at 1:58pm
See the color of their skin. Good for Cuba.

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