The Florida Courier
Written by Fcadmin | 03 May 2012
Miami Marlins baseball manager Ozzie Guillen got in trouble recently for comments he made about Fidel Castro, and the Cuban-Americans in Miami-Dade County got extremely upset. No one said Guillen lied, but the Venezuelan-American former baseball player was suspended for offending Miami's Cuban community.
Not too long ago, Fidel Castro announced his retirement from his position as Cuba’s leader. Cuban-Americans express mixed reviews of the sudden announcement, which came on the heels of an extended illness. Many Florida politicians were quick to disparage Castro, calling him "a dictator" and other less-than-amorous names.
Different to us
To many African-Americans and people of African descent throughout the world, Castro regime has a much different connotation.
Blacks see Castro as a friend and a freedom fighter, mainly due to his role in sending Cuban troops to Africa to fight alongside the Africans fighting for their lives against apartheid and other colonialist powers. Castro even offered to help distressed Blacks in New Orleans with medical and other support, but the U.S. government refused that offer.
When the world’s superpowers turned their heads and allowed racism and colonialism to flourish in Africa, Castro sent troops and equipment to the continent that was essential in turning Africa’s political tides.
South Africa’s Nelson Mandela has spoken highly about Castro and Cuba’s contributions to African freedom. For showing his love for Castro and Cuba, Mandela was routinely booed by Cuban-Americans whenever he visited America.
Cuba has a history of many revolutionaries and freedom fighters of African descent. Today, Cuba has a very diverse government compared to governments in Western countries. Blacks that hold very high governmental positions there right now.
Though many of the United States’ most vocal critics of modern-day Cuba are not of African descent, Black Cubans living in America oftentimes are not as hostile.
Many Blacks remember when Cuba was a playground for organized crime families. When casinos where thriving and money was flowing into the island, American Jews were a prevalent part of the Cuban community. In fact, a rudimentary investigation will reveal that many Cuban-American politicians, businessmen and professionals in the United States practice Judaism right now.
Let Cubans decide
The people of Cuba should decide what government they want and also which government leaders that they want, just as we are deciding who we want as America’s governmental leaders right now.
How long will Americans try to influence or decide who runs the governments and countries around the world? Interference in the affairs of Cuba is no different than interfering in Iraq, Pakistan, Iran, Lebanon, Grenada, Palestine, Libya, Egypt or anywhere else.
I can understand why some Cuban Americans seek to have a distinguishable change in Cuban politics and/or its government. They certainly have a right to disagree with the status quo.
However, as far as Fidel Castro goes, I ain’t mad at him.
May the best political philosophy win this battle of ideologies!
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Last Updated ( Thursday, 03 May 2012 13:21 )
JG: Very well said Lucius. What the imperialists don't like is that Fidel doesn't kiss their asses, like Batista did.