Carlos Moore sees a disguised racism permeating Latin American society, invented by Arabs in the Iberian Peninsula.
“I have had the privilege to have lived in Arab countries,” Moore said, “and to be shocked by the extraordinary similarities to Latin America of structures of race in countries like Egypt. It was familiar ground. I was twenty-one, had just left Cuba. I lived in Egypt for a year. I was surprised to see how it was as though I had not left Cuba except for the fact that they spoke Arabic and adhered to the Muslim religion. From then on I began to study the structures of race relations in the Arab countries in a comparative way with relations in the Iberian Peninsula and Latin America. That became my focus.” — Dr. Carlos Moore