The death of Fidel Castro brings reflection on how his country handled prejudice, writes William Gumede.

Cuba’s efforts to roll back racism offer valuable lessons for South Africa, where racism, because of the legacy of colonialism, slavery and apartheid, is deeply ingrained within institutions, social relations and everyday behaviour.

Cuba has done more to combat racism than South Africa, Brazil and the US – the globe’s other nations with racism allied to persistent race-based inequalities, which have their origins in historical injustices against black people, such as colonialism, slavery and Jim Crow segregation and apartheid.

The trouble in countries such as South Africa and Cuba is that racism, because of the particularly deep racist legacy of the past, infuses the DNA of almost every institution in society. Racist practices become so much a part of habits and routine, and social and professional interaction, that it is often not even recognised as such.

Throughout this world racism still exists. The racism should be solved as soon as possible because it might cause a great problem in the future. And since the education system are getting developed the racism should be taught as a bad thing for the future kids.

 

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