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MORE RACISM THAN EVER BEFORE
The ANC thanks Castro for
his "unwavering support", while Jesse denounces "economic apartheid"
Jan. 9 - This weekend, African National Congress (ANC) president Jacob
Zuma paid tribute to the men and women who sacrificed their lives for
the liberation of South Africa, and to Castro's Cuba for "its unwavering
support," during a ceremony to commemorate the 100 anniversary of the
Also in attendance was US civil rights activist, Rev. Jesse Jackson who
said it was time the country snapped out of "educational and economic
"We single out Cuba for her unwavering support to the movement. "Freedom
would not have been achieved (without the support)," Zuma said.
What a pair of hypocrites! What about freedom for the Cuban poeple?
Neither one of them has ever said one word about the abuses of the
racist regime in Cuba, a country where 11 million human beings, the
majority of them black or of a mixed race, has been enslaved for 53
years by the same Castro brothers who they thank for the "liberation" of
When have you heard any of these so called " Black activists" denounce
the brutal abuses of the Castro regime against the Cuban people?
Meanwhile, Jesse Jackson told the crowd: "Now you have been freed from
humiliation of skin color apartheid- but there is educational apartheid,
there is economic apartheid and land ownership."
Have you ever heard Jesse Jackson mention one word about the tourist
apartheid in Cuba?
Have you ever heard him denounce the fact that only two Cubans, whose
last name is Castro, are not subjected to the economic apartheid in the
Have you ever heard him denounce the fact that Cubans are second class
citizens in their own country?
No way, Jesse would not jeopardize the opportunity to be wined and dined
by the racist slave masters that have kept Cubans enslaved for 53 long
Can you imagine the
reaction if this happened anywhere else but Cuba?
Dec. 3 - These photos were sent to me by a great contributor to The Real
They were taken at the Boca Ciega beach, near Havana.
A white woman tourist came to the beach accompanied by a black Cuban
They sat on a lounge chair and were chatting. Within a few minutes, a
cop showed up and began asking the Cuban black male for his
The cop kept interrogating the Cuban male for several minutes.
Finally, the black Cuban male was forced to leave the beach. No one
knows if he was arrested, or just expelled from that public beach for
being with a white foreign woman.
Can you imagine the the outrage of the NAACP, Harry Belafonte, Danny
Glover, Jesse Jackson, Nelson Mandela and Company if incidents like
these happened anywhere else in the world except in Castro's private
In Cuba, the racist and fascist regime of the Castro brothers is allowed
to treat Cuban blacks like third class citizens, and none of these
hypocrites would say a word.
Is Black America's honeymoon with the Castro brothers finally over?
Dec. 1, 2009 - In a landmark "Statement of
Conscience by African-Americans," 60 prominent black American scholars,
artists and professionals have condemned the Cuban regime's apparent
crackdown on the country's budding civil rights movement. "Racism in
Cuba, and anywhere else in the world, is unacceptable and must be
confronted," said the document, which also called for the "immediate
release" of Dr. Darsi Ferrer, a black civil rights leader imprisoned in
Traditionally, African-Americans have
sided with the Castro regime and unilaterally condemned the U.S. which,
in the past, explicitly sought to topple the Cuban government. But this
first public rebuke of Castro's racial policies may very well indicate a
tide change and a more balanced attitude.
Representing a wide spectrum of
political opinion, the document was signed by Princeton University
scholar Cornel West; famed actress Ruby Dee; former Essence magazine
editor and current president of the National CARES Mentoring Movement
Susan Taylor; Bennett College President Julienne Malvaux; UCLA Vice
Chancellor Claudia Mitchell-Kernan; Chicago's Trinity Church Emeritus
pastor the Rev. Jeremiah Wright; retired Congresswoman Carrie Meek;
former Black Panther activist Kathleen Cleaver; former Jesse Jackson
presidential campaign manager and current director of the
African-American Leadership Institute Ron Walters; movie director Melvin
Van Peebles; and former Miami-Dade County Commissioner, Betty Ferguson.
Link to the actual document of the Afro-American leaders about the
racist regime in Cuba
Cuban regime claims accusations of racism are unfounded. Judge for
Dec. 3 - The Castro regime hit back
Thursday at 60 prominent U.S. black leaders who asked for an end to
racism in Cuba, with a five-page document signed by writers, artists and
journalists who are all part of the Cuban government, calling the
criticism an attack on their country's national identity.
"To say that among us exists a 'callus
disregard' for black Cubans, that their civil liberties are restricted
'for reasons of race,' and to demand an end to 'the unwarranted and
brutal harassment of black citizens in Cuba who are defending their
civil rights' would seem a delusional farce," said the document that was
sent by e-mail.
As expected, it accused the U.S. black
leaders of being part of a campaign "that is attempting to suffocate our
sovereignty and national identity," even though many of those
Afro-American leaders had been supporters of the regime.
The Castro regime statement said the
island is not a racist society, saying blacks have opportunities "like
never before in our country."
But that's simply another lie put out
by Castro's huge propaganda machine for almost 50 years and that now is
finally being challenged as it should have been a long time ago.
Imagine the outrage if photos like
these would have been taken in Chile under Pinochet; Colombia under
President Uribe; Micheletti's Honduras; even South Africa during the
apartheid or any other country except Castro's Cuba, where it seems that
nothing would cause a public outrage, at least until now:
Cuban police in action.
They feel free to undress a young man in the middle of the street, or
touch and grab a woman during a public gathering and being able to laugh
about it because they know that nothing will happen to them, as long as
those being harassed are poor Cubans who are considered second class
citizens in their own country.
Another Afro-American talks about the imprisonment of Dr. Darsi Ferrer
and racism in Castro's Cuba
Mark Wells, a labor union organizer in
Detroit, speaks about racism in Cuba, the imprisonment of Fr. Darsi
Ferrer and other black activists in the island and the disenchantment
of Afro-American leaders with Castro's "robolution
the Afro-Americans' love affair with Cuba's racist dictators finally
coming to an end?
Jan. 3 - President Obama has loosened
travel restrictions to Cuba. His critics accuse him of harboring
socialist sentiments. And he is, of course, a member of the African
American intelligentsia -- a group that has tended, for the last
half-century, to have a soft spot for the Cuban revolution.
It sounds like the perfect atmosphere
for the love affair between black American liberals and the regime of
the Castros to fully flourish. Except that it's not.
A group of 60 African American artists
and thinkers have launched a rare -- and some say unprecedented --
attack on Cuba's human rights record, with a particular focus on the
treatment of black political dissidents.
In a statement issued in November,
luminaries including Princeton professor Cornel West, actress Ruby Dee
and director Melvin Van Peebles criticized the Communist government for
its "increased violations of civil and human rights for those black
activists in Cuba who dare raise their voices against the island's
It was a far cry from those heady
moments in 1960 and 1995 when Fidel Castro visited Harlem, receiving on
both occasions a kind of hero's welcome as liberator of the oppressed.
Los Angeles Times
Jamaican academics join those denouncing the Castro brothers' racism
Dec. 5 - Four Jamaican academics who
had previously supported the Cuban regime, joined ranks on Friday with
leaders of the Afro-American community who are asking the Castro
brothers to put an end to the blatant racism in the island.
Rex Nettleford, Barry Chevannes, Rupert
Lewis and Mauren Warner-Lewis sent a letter to Cuban dictator Raúl
Castro on Friday, saying that as supporters of the Cuban regime they
were "surprised at the heavy hand of the State against those who
denounced the racial prejudices in Cuba's society."
Those same prejudices, exploitation,
oppression and racism have existed during all the time that these
academics have supported the brutal Cuban regime, but even if it took 50
years for them to learn the truth, it is better late than never.
The four Jamaican academics also asked
the Cuban dictator to release Cuban dissident Dr. Darsi Ferrer, who has
been in jail since July for organizing a peaceful march in Havana.
Also on Friday, Cuban dissident Dr.
Oscar Elías Biscet, who was sentenced to 25 years in jail for teaching
fellow Cubans about Dr. Martin Luther King and his non-violent movement
in favor of civil rights, thanked the Afro-American leaders for their
Afro-Cubans: A powerless majority in their own country
Dec. 8 - On December 1, 2009 a group of
60 prominent Afro-American leaders (including Princeton University
Professor Cornel West; Jeremiah Wright, former Pastor of President
Barack Obama; and Susan Taylor, former editor of Essence magazine)
publicly condemned the Cuban government long standing policies of
discrimination and human right abuses of Afro-Cubans in the island.
On December 4, Cuba responded: “To say
that among us exists a callus disregard for black Cubans, that their
civil liberties are restricted and to demand an end to the unwarranted
and brutal harassment of black citizens in Cuba, would seem a delusional
farce.” The Cuban statement said the island is not a racist society
adding that blacks have opportunities “like never before in our
In March 2009, the Cuba Transition
Project at the University of Miami published a report showing glaring
abuses against Cuban blacks and inequalities in Cuban society.