The leader of a US Cuban exile group has slammed 1619 Project founder Nikole Hannah-Jones after she claimed Cuba had the ‘least inequality between black and white people’ thanks to its socialist government.
Orlando Gutierrez-Boronat spoke out against the New York Times journalist Tuesday after a 2019 podcast where she called the communist country one of the most ‘equal’ in the world, resurfaced online.
The Havana-born scholar, who is based in Miami, said Hannah-Jones’s remarks do not ‘reflect the reality of Cuban history’, noting there has actually been a lack of black leadership on the island since the 1959 revolution – which saw dictator Fidel Castro ascend to power.
‘There is a very simple comparison you can make that shows how wrong this statement by Nikole Hannah-Jones is,’ Gutierrez-Boronat told DailyMail.com.
‘Look at the central committee of the Communist Party for the past 62 years and tell me how many prominent black Cubans have been in that central committee.
‘And then look at the republic that existed between 1902 and 1959. You couldn’t write the history of the republic without mentioning all the prominent black Cubans who were there.