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Unbecoming BlacknessThe Diaspora Cultures of Afro-Cuban America$
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Antonio Lopez

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780814765463

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814765463.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Unbecoming Blackness

Antonio López

NYU Press

This introductory chapter explains how Afro-Cuban American literature and performance exemplify afrolatinidad: the Afro-Latino condition in the United States which includes, but is not limited to, those with origins in Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Panama, Colombia, and Venezuela. Central to afrolatinidad is the social difference that blackness makes in the United States. If an Afro-Latino difference reveals how, for Afro-Cuban Americans, encounters with white Cuban Americans may lead to exclusion, then it is true that Afro-Cuban Americans may occupy with white Cuban Americans the space of an apparent multiracial inclusion through a shared cubanoamericanidad. This Cuban Americanness purports an understanding beyond race among Cubans in the United States. The chapter aims to challenge Cuban America's normate whiteness and to propose an Afro-Cuban America, one made visible in texts ranging from the Caribbean Latino modernist period to the founding of a Cuban Miami in the late twentieth century.

Keywords:   afrolatinidad, Afro-Cuban American arts, Afro-Latino condition, white Cuban Americans, cubanoamericanidad, Caribbean Latino modernism, Cuban Miami

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