Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Letter to a Would Be Cuban Rafter

Dear Cuban brother:

Do not be a fool. Do not become the food for the sharks in the strait between Cuba and Florida.

American capitalism does not have anything to offer to you other than exploitation and suffering.

In 1961, when I came to the U.S., the country had good manufacturing-based jobs that payed a living wage. The American capitalists have exported those jobs to Mexico, China and other low-wage paying countries that pay as low as 21 cents an hour. The American worker received a royal screwing from the capitalists who are in charge of the so-called “American Dream.”

The American Dream now exists only for capitalist millionaires, billionaires or those making above a quarter of a million dollars. Those three groups have murdered a very imaginative dream that only existed in the fertile minds of your would be capitalist exploiters.

Hundreds like you have come to Florida and have returned to Cuba when they realized that they had been deceived. You may make a lot of money if you decide to join the bands of organized criminals that roam the state. But then, in the end those human sharks would end up eating you too, like the ones in the Florida strait.

Do not listen to the siren song of capitalism which is being sung in the island by unscrupulous and mercenary people like Yoany Sánchez, Coco Fariñas and others. Be strong and repudiate them, like the rest of the people in Cuba do. The Cuban people know who those apátridas work for.

Cuban socialism may not be perfect, but you have to stay and help it become better with any needed and people-supported reforms.

Your friend,

Jorge R. Gonzalez

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