Magazine July 5, 2010, Issue

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A street in Havana, April 22, 2010. (Desmond Boylan/Reuters)

Cuban Racial Demography

Duncan Currie’s article “Spare Not the Stick,” which appears in the June 7 issue, claims that Cuba is “a country that has been majority-black since the 1960s.” In fact, according to the CIA World Factbook, 65 percent of the population is white.

Jonathan Daly
Chicago

Duncan Currie Replies: According to the most widely cited estimate — which comes from the State Department — 62 percent of the island’s population is Afro-Cuban (mixed or black). Ethnologist Carlos Moore, a leading expert on Cuban race relations, believes the actual figure could be as high as 70 percent. As Moore has written, Afro-Cubans were

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