Talented Music-Diva Beyoncé and her husband Jay-Z are celebrating their fifth wedding anniversary in Havana, Cuba. The visit has drawn much criticism from many Cuban-Americans for showing insensitivity to the plight of average Cubans. As you can see from captioned photo, Jay-Z has displayed his admiration for Ernesto “Che” Guevara in the past by wearing t-shirts with his image.
But the famous revolutionary Guevara was not a friend of African-Americans. Thus, Jay-Z demonstrates immense ignorance about Guevara’s past history and comments, or his only concern is to show his cool side in front of the cameras.
Following are two quotes attributed to “El Che” with regards to African-Americans:
“We’re going to do for blacks exactly what blacks did for the revolution. By which I mean: nothing.”
“The Negro is indolent and lazy, and spends his money on frivolities, whereas the European is forward-looking, organized and intelligent.”
And now we find out that the Cuban authorities have demoted Afro-Cuban Roberto Zurbano for penning a recent article in the New York Times that was highly critical of racism in the Cuban Revolution and its leaders.
To view article on Zurbano, click on http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/politics/2013/04/06/cuban-official-demoted-for-op-ed-published-in-united-states/
Which brings us back to Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s Cuban vacation. Will they meet with human-rights dissidents in Cuba – most of which are Afro Cubans, like Dr. Oscar Biscet – and advocate on behalf of Roberto Zurbano, or will they concentrate on just having fun?
Between you and me, the Cuban authorities hoped that Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s Cuban excursion would end the articles and coverage by the American and world media outlets on Yoani Sánchez. Well, kudos to Yoani and the powerful message that she’s aired about the lack of human rights and civil liberties in Cuba.