The communist dictator of Cuba died Friday night. He came to power through a coup, promising Cubans equality. He fulfilled that promise. The average Cuban is equally poor and oppressed.
When Fidel Castro overthrew the Batista regime through a coup, he eliminated free enterprise by forcing entrepreneurs into relinquishing businesses they built, confiscated money earned from their business, and proclaimed businesses as state property in order to spread the wealth around. Castro ruled with an iron fist, sentencing countless innocent Cubans to torturous prisons and even death, simply for speaking out against his communist regime. Untold thousands fled Cuba since Castro became the unelected dictator.
After his death was announced, I turned on the television around 2:00 a.m. to witness the hordes of Cuban immigrants marching in the streets in that section of Miami known as Little Havana . Then again, later in the morning, they were still celebrating the death of the man who caused so much strife. Saturday evening, I watched a man who fled Cuba as a boy be interviewed. He said some things that were striking to me. He said that his 90 year old mother died just two weeks before Castro’s death, and wished she would have lived just a little longer to celebrate the death of the man who tortured his father. He went on to say that, although he’s a Cuban national, he loves America for the freedom she represents, and the freedom Cuba once enjoyed. He was hopeful that after Raul Castro dies, Cuba can somehow begin to regain the freedoms his mother enjoyed before Castro.
Later, I started mentally contrasting the demonstrations in Miami to other protests we’ve witnessed. While thousands of Cubans marched in Miami for nearly 24 hours, there wasn’t a single report of storefront windows being broken, no reports of looting, fires, gun shots, fights, or any other form of unruly behavior. Yet, when Black Lives Matter protesters hit the streets with far fewer participants, by nightfall we heard of countless reports of vandalism, looting, fights, fires being set, and guns being fired.
Cuban immigrants truly understand what oppression looks and feels like, while BLM protesters fabricate many of their complaints. Some still complain of slavery, of which not one has ever experienced. Nor have those who they protest against ever owned a slave. While Cubans still living on the island are equally oppressed, BLM protesters have an equal opportunity to succeed if they so choose. Cuban nationals are demonstrating in the streets, truly understanding and appreciating the freedom America represents.
Maybe Black Lives Matter protesters should consider what Cubans understand and appreciate. Just a thought.