Between race and empire: African-Americans and Cubans before by Lisa Brock

By Lisa Brock

This assortment lines kinfolk among Cubans and African-Americans from the abolitionist period to the Cuban Revolution of 1959. It goals to extend knowing of heritage from less than and replicate traits in PanAfricanist and African Diaspora by means of tracing a hyperlink among peoples of African descent.

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Afro-Cubans had no idea how black Americans might fit themselves into Cuban societyas another pool of laborers with whom they would have to compete, or as hungry capitalists who would take their land. Black promoters of such schemes never seriously reckoned with the fact that any mass emigration had the potential to be colonialistic, especially if it had the backing of the United States government. Questions concerning whose land would be taken, whose culture would be hegemonic, and who would dominate economically were woefully lacking in discussions of proposed resettlement.

S. Congress to underwrite it, is telling. It shows that some African-Americans could ally themselves as race broth- Page 16 ers while possessing both North American chauvinism and a belief in capitalism at the same time. It is striking that they, with no capital and no status in their own land, believed they might have something other than solidarity to offer Cubans. Even more astonishing were those who thought Congress might support them, for they showed themselves to be willing to work with racists eager to get rid of them.

She would work up sequences of numbers and list them in long single columns. With the concentration of a statistician and using a math that was clearly beyond my reach, she would add, subtract, and formulate new combinations of figures. " And it often did. I wish I had my grandmother's ability to divine what was hidden in the future. I might have foreseen the academic and ideological challenges that preparing an anthology on Cuba and African-Americans would entail. I might have realized that the centering of two peoples not in state power across nation-state boundaries would come to feel like a mountain-moving task, that gathering the contributors to unravel the threads of this connected historical saga would be difficult.

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