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Sep. 22nd, 2006 04:45 am (UTC)
the difference between chavez visiting harlem and castro visiting harlem is that chavez genuinely does not believe that black people are inferior.

castro didn't reach out to black folks until the white middle and upper classes had left him. (batista's army, remember, was almost all black, as well as batista himself, which was one of the main reasons that castro had u.s. support during the civil war.)

chavez has had black and moreno people by his side almost from the start of his military career (largely because the military is pretty much the only viable legal work option for undereducated black people in most of latin america).

Sep. 22nd, 2006 02:31 pm (UTC)
And that's why he's cool with me