102. From Cuba with Love: Juan Rene Betancourt

Posted on 12 June 2022

The Cuban activist and author Juan Rene Betancourt urges racial solidarity and reckons with the revolution under Castro and the island’s turn towards Communism.

Further Reading

• J.R. Betancourt, Prejuicio (Camaguey: 1945).

• J.R. Betancourt, Mi Opinion y Mi Raza (Havana: 1948).

• J.R. Betancourt, Doctrina Negra (Havana: 1955).

• J.R. Betancourt, El Negro: Ciudadano del Futuro (Havana: 1959).

• J.R. Betancourt, "Castro and the Cuban Negro," The Crisis 583 (May 1961): 270-274.

• J.R. Betancourt, Naturaleza del Comunismo en America Latina (Buenos Aires: 1962).

• J.R. Betancourt, Sociologia Integral: La Superacion Cientifica del Prejuicio Racial (Buenos Aires: 1964).


• D.S. Benson, Antiracism in Cuba: The Unfinished Revolution (Chapel Hill: 2016).

• A. de la Fuente, A Nation for All: Race, Inequality, and Politics Twentieth-Century Cuba (Chapel Hill: 2001).

• L.A. Glasco, "From Assimilation to Integration: The Narrow Spectrum of Afro-Cuban Ideology: Juan Gualberto Gomez, Evaristo Estenoz, and Juan Rene Betancourt," Diaspora 5 (1996): 97-117. 

• P. Serviat, "Solutions to the Black Problem," in P. Perez Sarduy and J. Stubbs (eds), AfroCuba: An Anthology of Cuban Writing on Race, Politics and Culture (Melbourne: 1993), 77-90.


Adam 14 July 2022

Great episode!  Speaking of Africana Philosophy and Cuba, do you intend to cover Robert F Williams?  I know he's not Cuban, but I was just reminded of him because of how he took asylum there and ran "Radio Free Dixie" out of the country.

That's funny, a week ago I wouldn't have known who you are talking about but I have been reading up on the Black Panthers for an episode on them and learned of Williams as a figure who helped inspire the Panthers. I think he will probably just get a mention in passing in that episode, as part of the background.

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