Though Communists claim to be "anti-racist," racism in many Communist countries is very common. In fact, the term "racism" was invented by a Communist, Leon Trotsky, as a smear term for Communists to use against opponents who they saw as blocking their path to achieve Communist goals.
In Cuba black people were discriminated against by society. In the first three decades of Communist rule, people who have pointed out this problem or exercised any other critic could expect to be tracked and spied on by the Fidel Castro regime. Che Guevara once said that "The negro, is indolent and lazy, and spends his money on frivolities, whereas the European is forward-looking, organized and intelligent." Only 9% of the members of the Communist Party of Cuba are black.
In many countries of the Warsaw Pact, Jews were called "counter-revolutionaires" or "Zionist agents". Also Joseph Stalin stated that "Every Jewish nationalist is the agent of the American intelligence service. Jewish nationalists think that their nation was saved by the USA. . . They think they are indebted to the Americans. Among doctors, there are many Jewish nationalists." Already Karl Marx declared that "Money is the jealous god of Israel, in face of which no other god may exist".
- The Word Racism is Communist Propaganda
- Antisemitism: A History. New York: Oxford University Press. Albert S. Lindemann and Richard S. Levy, pages 187-188.