Ya’ll are so worked up over Fidel Castro’s death, but as someone who lived under his dictatorship, I’m over here mumbling, “Meh.” I admire that he was able to oust and combat American imperialism, but he’s still an example of what happens when a rich boy reads some Marx, builds a movement, and is so corrupted by power that he outlaws all dissent. Stop idolizing a dictator, and expect more from revolutionary leaders. In addition: It’s possible to support Cuba’s revolution (as I do), denounce Castro’s reign (as I do), and recognize the role America has played in oppressing Cuban people and others worldwide (as I do). I’ve seen a lot of non-Cuban people prioritizing their ideologies and attempting to exonerate Castro by arguing that America is a greater Evil. Despite that being true in many ways, it doesn’t erase the suffering of a nation’s population at his hands, or their despair to escape. And if your love for communism + hero worship clouds your ability to acknowledge oppression and human suffering, I don’t see how you’re really any better than capitalists. In fact, one of the biggest failures of Castro’s revolution is that it’s caused Cubans to mistake capitalism for freedom.

Cubans spill into streets of Miami to celebrate death of Fidel Castro

MIAMI — In the city of Cuban exiles, they shouted in Spanish: “Libertad! Libertad!, Libertad!” (Freedom!, Freedom! Freedom!)

As news spread of the death of Cuba’s longtime dictator Fidel Castro, hundreds of Cubans, young and old, flooded the streets of Miami late Friday night and early Saturday morning to mark the demise of the man they viewed as a tyrant who took their homeland.

“Words really can’t express how I feel,” one Cuban man told Miami’s NBC-6. “My parents died waiting for this day. And I’m here I’m here to celebrate for them.”

He was surrounded by a throng of fellow Cubans who were rejoicing over the announcement in Havana that Castro, at age 90, had finally died.

Waving the Cuban flag, banging pots and pans and honking car horns, the crowd of Cubans — generations young and old — were ecstatic. Miami is home to more than 1 million of Cuban descent.

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Helice Wen for Spoke Art Gallery at SCOPE: Miami Beach.

Two incredible new paintings by artist Helice Wen for Spoke Art Gallery’s group exhibition at SCOPE Miami Beach taking place between November 30th and December 4th, 2016 in Miami, Florida.

Definitely stop by Spoke Art’s booth if you’re in Miami for this!  I’ll be hanging out down there and cannot wait to see these two pieces in person.