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Rescuing Our RootsThe African Anglo-Caribbean Diaspora in Contemporary Cuba$
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Andrea J. Queeley

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780813061092

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813061092.001.0001

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“Somos Negros Finos” (We Are Refined Blacks)

“Somos Negros Finos” (We Are Refined Blacks)

Rescuing Roots as an Assertion of Respectable Blackness

(p.143) 4 “Somos Negros Finos” (We Are Refined Blacks)
Rescuing Our Roots

Andrea J. Queeley

, John M. Kirk
University Press of Florida

In chapter 4, Queeley proposes that the construction and maintenance of a respectable Blackness, rooted in civilizational discourse, is an alternative to ideologies of race mixture and whitening. Its persistence in the contemporary period points to the local impact of globalized inequalities, as well as to the ways in which revolutionary society fell short of its objective to eliminate racism. The respectable Blackness construct also illustrates the asymmetries that characterize assertions of diasporic subjectivity. Narratives of Anglo-Caribbean Cuban cultural citizenship and experiences of racism open a window onto how and under what conditions these asymmetries are reproduced. Chapter 4 analyzes these narratives and, incorporating reflexive ethnography, concludes by envisioning more productive ways of affirming Blackness that do not fall prey to racial and cultural discourses of mixture, hybridity, or essentialism.

Keywords:   respectable Blackness, race mixture, hybridity, diasporic subjectivity, cultural citizenship, racism, narratives, reflexive ethnography

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