The photo above of Jay-Z wearing a t-shirt celebrating a racist mass murderer says more about his complete and utter ignorance than anything I or anyone else can say. If the outspoken Jay-Z were around during Ché’s heyday, he would have been insulted, beaten, and sent to a forced labor camp by Guevara all because the Argentine revolutionary believed the color of Jay-Z’s skin precluded him from the same rights as whites. For two people whose business acumen appears to be tops in their field, their understanding of humanity, suffering, and racism seems to be disturbingly imbecilic, as the photo above makes clear.
What may not be perfectly clear to everyone is the effect this visit by Jay-Z and Beyonce has on those on the island who share their skin color. For all intents and purposes, it tells the black victims of racism in Cuba that it is okay for them to suffer discrimination.
They do not have to actually say it; their actions speak louder than words.
As one of the most successful couples in the music industry strolled through the streets of Havana surrounded by bodyguards and handlers from the Castro dictatorship, there is a black woman named Sonia Garro who along with her black husband have been imprisoned in Cuba for over a year without charges or a trial. All because they think differently than Jay-Z and Beyonce’s hosts. While enjoying cigars and expensive drinks, their white Cuban hosts are disseminating a video throughout the world portraying Berta Soler, the black leader of the Ladies in White, as an ape. As Beyonce posed for pictures with uniformed Cuban children who are indoctrinated to worship Fidel Castro, Raul Castro, and Ché Guevara, racist white men who despise anyone of color, a black Cuban rapper is sitting in a Cuban gulag for rapping about freedom and respect for human rights. And while they enjoyed a meal at an exclusive Havana restaurant, spending perhaps twice the yearly salary of a typical Cuban, human rights activists in Camaguey are beaten and arrested for publicly protesting the beating and the government’s refusal to provide medical attention to a black dissident, Yris Tamara Perez.
And if anyone believes that this visit is no big deal and it makes no difference one way or another, the Castro dictatorship knows better:
Media focused on dissident instead of Beyonce, Cuban official laments
(Reuters) – The media is too fixated on Cuba’s best-known dissident, blogger Yoani Sanchez, who is on an 80-day multination tour, and has not focused enough on important news in Cuba like the visit of pop star Beyonce, a Cuban official said on Thursday.
Jose Cabanas, the top Cuban diplomat based in the United States, said Sanchez was garnering much more media coverage than necessary after she was granted a passport and set off in February on a journey to more than a dozen countries.
“Too much attention has been devoted to this lady, taking a lot of attention from the most important … news that has been happening these days in regards to Cuba,” Cabanas said in response to a question at the Inter-American Dialogue, a Washington-based think tank.
“Including the presence of Beyonce, the singer, who is today in Havana, enjoying a lot of attention from the public, but it’s not covered by the media – incredible.”