Rosa Reed worked for a period as a columnist for the Miami
Times, Miami's Black newspaper. She is originally from Cuba.
"For Rosa Reed, 43, a manager for a pharmaceutical company who moved to the United States from Cuba when she was 5, a watershed moment came in 1990, when she said she was dismissed from a Cuban-American organization when she assumed the role of spokeswoman for one of its programs.
''I was told that when Americans saw a black person they saw crime and poverty and that for the benefit of the organization I couldn't be a spokesperson,'' Ms. Reed said. ''It was so shocking.''
Ms. Reed now writes a current affairs column for a black newspaper, The Miami Times, is engaged to an African-American and belongs to a group of black Cuban-Americans that is holding talks with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People intended to start a nationwide black Hispanic section. The group is rallying around domestic issues like sensitizing white Hispanic Americans to racial discrimination in employment and other forms of racism suffered by black Hispanic Americans." -- Black and Cuban-American: Bias in 2 Worlds 9/13/2009 NYT
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