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Useful Idiots: Beyoncé And Jay-Z Ignore Cuba’s Racism With Havana Trip

AJ Delgado at Mediaite:

Useful Idiots: Beyoncé And Jay-Z Ignore Cuba’s Racism With Havana Trip

This week, superstars Beyoncé and Jay-Z celebrated their 5th wedding anniversary with a trip to Cuba or, as the informed refer to it, “the island prison.”

While dining, partying, and enjoying the best Havana has to offer, Beyoncé and Jay-Z not only legitimize and support the repressive regime, with both their presence and their cash, but turn a blind eye, cruelly, to the perils and languishing of the Cuban people.

Both stars are proud African-Americans — yet, curiously, chose to vacation in a country notorious for relegating its black population to second-class status, or worse.

It is no surprise that many of Cuba’s top dissidents are Afro-Cubans. Did Sasha Fierce and Jigga Man find time to meet with these brave souls, or with their families? Did they mention them? Did they even think of them?

Meet Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet: the Afro-Cuban-doctor-turned-freedom-and-democracy-activist who was given a 25-year-prison term for his peaceful advocacy.

Meet the late Orlando Zapata Tamayo: his democracy and freedom activism earned him a 36-year-prison sentence. Undertaking a hunger strike in 2010 to improve prison conditions (eating only those foods his mother brought him during approved visits), sadistic guards took it upon themselves to deny this “worm” (Cuban slang for a Revolution ‘turncoat’) water. He died of complications soon thereafter, a direct victim of prisoner-abuse. The Cuban state newspapers described him, however, as a “common criminal elevated to martyred status.”

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3 comments to Useful Idiots: Beyoncé And Jay-Z Ignore Cuba’s Racism With Havana Trip

  • asombra

    Maybe they really don't know shit about Cuba, but you'd think somebody would have seen the obvious and talked them out of this. Somebody like Beyoncé's BFF Michelle Obama, for instance.

  • Great column but with one major factual inaccuracy. The 3 Cubans executed in 2003 stole a boat they didn't hijack a plane.

  • maristas60

    Maybe one of our enlightened cubanamerican musicians could take the opportunity , and make this a "teachable moment " like their brethren like to say , and inform them of the atrocities committed in Cuba. Hope they aren't afraid to be lumped up whith intransigent exiles and denounce publically that the repression and lack of freedom and violations of basic human rights are part of their daily life and that nothing has changed in over 50 years.