Spring breakers import Cuban rum, cigars and racist curios – Dr. Monica Patterson

In a recent op-ed posted on the website The Conversation, TTTM team member Dr. Monica Patterson wrote about racist curios and memorabilia:

“This spring break, thousands of Canadian college and university students will head south to Cuba. They are among the more than one million Canadians who will flock to Cuba this winter to relax on the white sandy beaches of the affordable Caribbean island. 

While soaking up the sunshine, most of these tourists will also shop for the nation’s trademark rum, cigars and other souvenirs that will remind them of their Cuban experience for years to come. Undoubtedly, some of the Cuban curios they purchase will be gifted to friends and family members.

But if you are one of those millions bringing a souvenir home, think twice before filling your suitcase with mementos from the island…”

For the full article, see The Conversation’s website here.

To hear Monica Patterson speaking about the issue, listen to her interview on the Rick Gibbons 1310 news radio show (1:40-9:08).

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