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  • Re: African Americans Should Stop Lionizing Castro

    Does it matter to African-Americans that the penalties for speaking out against the Cuban government are beatings and the threat of rape or death? Are we concerned that black Cubans are incarcerated at higher rates than white Cubans? Do we care that black Cubans still can’t enter many hotels or restaurants? Does it matter to us that Castro could not liberate black people in his own country? This, too, is Castro’s legacy.

    African-Americans are demanding that the U.S. recognize that #BlackLivesMatter. We are demanding that our voices be centered in conversations concerning us. We’re tired of people talking about us, lifting up our oppressors, telling us to shut up about it, and expecting us to pledge unquestioned allegiance to America. Yet, when Cubans and Cuban-Americans speak of their lived experiences or the pain of their heritage, we drown out the voices we should be listening to.

    We justify human rights abuses with arguments like: “Castro might have done some bad stuff, but he did a lot of good too.” Thomas Jefferson was a brutal slave owner and a rapist, but he wrote the Declaration of Independence. George W. Bush flew over New Orleans as dead black bodies floated in the overflowing waters of Lake Pontchartrain, but he authorized billions in funding for HIV/AIDS and malaria treatment on the African continent.

    But from the chattel slaves and their progeny, to Hurricane Katrina’s dead and survivors, how much do the good deeds of victimizers’ matter?

    In a moment when African-Americans should fall back and center Cuban voices, including the voices of White Cuban exiles (but hearing those voices in the context of whiteness and what whiteness represents), we are not. Instead, we’re making declarations about a complicated figure that we don’t quite understand.

    Just as White Americans don’t get to decide what Jefferson or Bush are to us, African Americans don’t get to decide what Fidel was to the black people who struggled, starved, and died under his regime. One person’s hero will always be another person’s tyrant.
  • Re: White Privilege: Joe McKnight's killer, Ronald Gasser, released from custody.. Smh...

    7figz wrote: »
    Gotta start killing those MFs, family, friends and all that - bottom line.

    Unless you gonna strap up and do it ain't no point in saying it
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  • Re: African Americans Should Stop Lionizing Castro

    ghostdog56 wrote: »
    I don't give a fuck about nobody but black people so on that note


    @ghostdog56 a black woman wrote it genius
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  • African Americans Should Stop Lionizing Castro

    So in the last Castro thread there were a few posters who wanted to hold him up as a champion for blacks and wanted to brush off his activities because "hey he wouldn't let them get Assata Shakur" this
    I didn’t live in the Jim Crow south, or endure the Great Migration. But that’s my heritage. I wasn’t born in Cuba, and didn’t flee the island. But that, too, is my heritage.

    My lineage is that of black people leaving their homelands under stifling oppression and tyranny, from Alabama to the City of Guantánamo. So I understand the U.S.’ tyranny against black Americans, and also Fidel Castro’s tyranny against black Cubans.

    In the days since Castro’s death, I’ve read hundreds of hot takes about him. Overwhelmingly, the opinions of Americans who clearly have no connection to or stake in Cuba seem to be based more on Castro’s discourse than his actions. Pseudo-intellectuals, casual observers, and “super fans” seem to understand Castro only as mythologized figure.

    To many African-American observers he’s an iconic revolutionary who gave America the middle finger and helped African nations assert their independence. To many people, it seems that’s the only thing that matters. But that point of view implies a total disregard for the lives of ordinary black Cubans.
    The hardest commentaries for me to read have come from African-Americans who lionize Castro uncritically, while dismissing criticism with an oversimplified argument that white Cubans hated Castro, and black Cubans adored him.

    My attempts to push back on that narrative have been met with accusations that I’m somehow an agent of white supremacy, which is absurd. White supremacy doesn’t need my help. It persists in Cuba without me. And that alone should be enough for African-Americans to reconsider their perception of Castro as a liberator of black people.

    “Racism in Cuba has been concealed and reinforced in part because it isn’t talked about. The government hasn’t allowed racial prejudice to be debated or confronted politically or culturally, often pretending instead as though it didn’t exist. Before 1990, black Cubans suffered a paralysis of economic mobility while, paradoxically, the government decreed the end of racism in speeches and publications. To question the extent of racial progress was tantamount to a counterrevolutionary act. This made it almost impossible to point out the obvious: racism is alive and well.

    It’s true that the 1980s produced a generation of black professionals, like doctors and teachers, but these gains were diminished in the 1990s as blacks were excluded from lucrative sectors like hospitality. Now in the 21st century, it has become all too apparent that the black population is underrepresented at universities and in spheres of economic and political power, and overrepresented in the underground economy, in the criminal sphere and in marginal neighborhoods.”

    Zurbano was removed from his position shortly after the article was published.
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  • Re: Official Childish Gambino "Awaken, My Love" Album Thread (12.2)

    AP21 wrote: »
    how did it leak?

    i swear, i cant name anybody outside of this site that even knows donald glover and gambino are the same person, but dude's album gets leaked?

    i'ma just wait for the official release

    Alot of people know Glover is an artist too. He's got a nice fan base and Atlanta only increased that exposure