Interview with WHEELS HS on their Annual Cuba Research Trip
Last year, a group of students from WHEELS (Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School) High School's Critical Theory and Social Justice Club made history by becoming the first public high school from the United States to visit Cuba since the recent easing of travel restrictions. The students spent time researching Cuban life and will focus on getting first-hand accounts about the country's history, day-to-day life in Cuba, relationships with the United States and learning about Afro-Cuban culture. Daniel Morales-Armstrong, Lead College Counselor/Faculty Advisor, Critical Theory and Social Justice Club at WHEELS and former WHEELS students Dilenia Santos and Katherine Santos answered some questions we asked them about the trip. You can read those here.
AfroLatin@s Now: Connecting Stories
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by Melissa M. Valle for NACLA
They say that the Devil’s greatest trick is convincing the world he didn’t exist. While I’m not a religious person, I find something alarming about the notion that a sinister force is exacting its will on humanity while successfully going undetected, and therefore uncontested. Racism in Latin America has a similar invisible, but insidious, sort of quality.
Bring up racism amongst those from Latin America and you’ll often get an exasperated groan, followed by something about how class is the predominate stratifying principle in Latin America, and a plea to stop applying your U.S.-based take on race to those in Latin America and the Caribbean. They may even throw in a “we’re all mixed” or “what is race?” rejoinder for good measure. Keep reading.