The Invisible Color: Black Is More Than a Color | Chicago Reader

The Invisible Color: Black Is More Than a Color

Director Sergio Giral uses informal man-on-the-street interview techniques to kick off his inquiry into Miami's little-known Afro-Cuban community—a diaspora within a diaspora—in this short 2017 documentary. Once he settles into a rhythm of talking heads and archival footage, we learn about the divisions between Latino Cubans and black Cubans: how the first wave of migrants fleeing Castro's revolution in 1959 were relatively well-off Hispanics who had more to lose by staying on the island, while the Afro-Cubans who arrived via the Mariel boatlift in 1980 were generally much poorer. The prejudice the Marielitos faced in Miami stemmed in part from their colonial slave ancestry, and was complicated by Castro's antidiscrimination reforms, which initially were only cosmetic. As one interviewee recalls, you can't legislate racism away overnight just by saying it no longer exists—especially in one of the last Latin American countries to abolish slavery.

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