Professor: Cuban Remittances Feeding Racial Divide

A significant increase in remittances to Cuba following the relaxation of U.S. restrictions is disproportionately benefiting whites in Cuba and creating a cultural divide, a prominent Cuba expert said Friday.

“Cuba is now suffering from a racial, ethnic, social and economic divide that is going to be very dangerous in the future and is creating very large problems,” said University of Miami history professor Jaime Suchlicki.

The overwhelming majority of the remittances — perhaps more than 90 percent — go to white Cubans with relatives in the U.S., said Suchlicki, who specializes in Latin American affairs. Very little goes to the black and mulatto population that makes up 62 percent of the total, he said. As the remittances increased, recipients have been in a better position to take advantage of opportunities to open small businesses that cater to tourists and expand a fledgling merchant class.

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Passing of Scott Allen Burr

Scott Allen Burr 5/4/64 – 1/27/16

It is with great sorrow that we announce the untimely passing of our friend and colleague, Scott Allen Burr. Scott was a longstanding member of the section and gave generously of his time by actively participating in many section programs and projects. He will be sorely missed. We extend our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.

– Eduardo Palmer

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