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Offensive word published in official Cuban press in reference to Obama causes backlash

President Barack Obama and Cuban leader Raúl Castro deliver speeches at the Palacio de la Revolucion in Havana on Monday, March 21, 2016.
President Barack Obama and Cuban leader Raúl Castro deliver speeches at the Palacio de la Revolucion in Havana on Monday, March 21, 2016. adiaz@miamiherald.com

President Barack Obama’s trip to the island, which was dubbed as “an historic opportunity to engage with the Cuban people,” resulted in a high-profile insult from the place he sought to embrace, reported the Western Journalism.

“An article in the Havana Tribune, a state-controlled newspaper in Cuba, accuses Obama of ‘inciting rebellion’ and uses the word ‘negro’ in reference to Obama in the article’s headline. The article’s title translates in English as ‘Black Man, Are You Dumb?’ Its author criticizes Obama for meeting with pro-democracy activists and suggesting Cuba needed to change,” the Western Journalism reported Friday.

Readers should know that — following a barrage of criticism from within the island — the Cuban writer, Elias Argudín, publicly apologized for ‘causing offense’ to those who deemed his comments as racist even as he defended his remarks. He also noted that he himself is black as are two of his top managers.

“First, and for me most important, is to apologize to those who feel offended, even though they misunderstood my words and placed me on the opposite side to which I belong,” Argudín wrote in his apology, also published in state-controlled Cuban press.

The offensive article published in the Tribuna de la Habana (Havana Tribune) on Sunday was removed from the website on Wednesday.

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