The fact some of you are listening to the stories of wealthy white Cubans that were kicked out of a country they colonized is so wild to me. We talk about revolution then think people won’t be killed? I don’t understand. Is your critique coming from a place of analysis or from a place of anti communism?
Fidel had reeducation/labor camps for queer people because of homophobia brought by Christianity (colonizers).
The moment he unlearned that he decriminalized homosexuality.
(Something that was illegal under Batista.)
Noted: Homosexuality was still illegal in the U.S. until 2004 (Texas)
Gender reassignment surgery is also free in Cuba and there’s a government branch that’s specifically designed for queer people as a form of reparations to make up for what was lost systematically. There’s still much of a queer struggle in Cuba the same way there is much of a queer struggle anywhere there has been colonization and anywhere there is patriarchy. This is to be expected and this is not to be pushed away and we must support this liberation as a Cuban one.
Fidel Castro was dedicated to black liberation. Has protected Assata Shakur from the U.S. for decades and helped fund the Black Panthers. One of the first things he did when he came to power was free black and indigenous “servants” that were “employed” under white colonizers. He created schools and literacy programs to make sure everyone could read. Anti Blackness is everywhere. We must struggle with the Black Cuban struggle, not against it.
Fidel’s Cuba was not perfect in the beginning. It had been oppressive since the first white colonizer stepped foot on to the island. Him and his people worked to build a Cuba where the oppressed had rights and had their needs met. By any means necessary. White colonizers, the Cuban mob, and white Cubans who refused to give up land that wasn’t even theirs were murdered because they got in the way of revolution. Fidel’s Cuba is still not perfect, not until we all support and aid in the full struggle against capitalism and colonization.
When we talk about revolution, this is the reality.
I also have pdf sources and books if anyone is interested. Can’t link them where I want because I’m on mobile.Edit: Y'all knew I was radical and about revolution so I’m not sure why some of my followers are surprised I don’t hate Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez. I’m a Marxist-Leninist and I wasn’t raised with a U.S. education on politics. My parents are communists. I read Mao. I have a class analysis. I have an analysis outside of just race and outside of just gender. I’m not somebody trying to be edgy or trendy with my opinion on Fidel. This is how I feel based on my analysis of the socialist struggles in Latin America and what can come out of that when you lead anti capitalist revolution. This is my opinion based on how black and brown liberation are united and how white supremacist capitalism was destroyed in Cuba, and yes that meant people were killed. I’m not a liberal. I don’t believe we’ll get our liberation by voting Democrat and having community forums with police on the panel. I don’t want no half ass liberation. To my black people, we won’t get free without revolution. We won’t get free without destroying capitalism because it is the system that sold our bodies and eradicated out cultures in the name of money and capital. We can’t romanticize revolution and the Black Panthers and then act shocked when people get killed. No revolution has been peaceful. Especially not for us. You can’t say you support the Black Panthers and then play into the U.S.’s anti communist propaganda when the BBP were based on Marxist writings and often read Mao in the study groups. We need to know when to put identity politics down and start building up our own theories and thoughts on an internationalist level. The Black struggle is the Brown struggle is the Queer struggle is the poor struggle. We are all connected. All of our liberations are wound up together. All of our energy must go towards educating and building up each other. Not telling each other to be silent. We have to stop letting white people control the narrative and listen to the most oppressed people of every group. We have to listen to the poor workers and the bodies that are being the most exploited under these current systems. Critiques are valid, repeating what the public education system and media tells you is not.