Educating the public on Cuba: Still a long road ahead
Every single day for more than ten years now Babalú's writers and contributors have done the best they can do to educate the public (primarily the American public) about Cuba. Facing the seemingly insurmountable odds of going up against a well-funded and efficient Castro propaganda machine and its willing accomplices in the media and academia, we would still like to think we have at least made a dent in the five-decades old wall of lies obscuring and hiding the Cuban reality and have been successful in providing a glimpse of the truth regarding Cuba to many people. Based on our ever increasing readership and our longevity, that would seem to be the case. However, we still have an incredibly long road ahead.
The recent headlines regarding the vile Ohio kidnapper and rapist Ariel Castro and his suicide this week gives us a glimpse of that long road. Here at Babalú, we have not been able to resist the temptation of making some kind of comment on the surname shared by a rapist in Ohio and a murderous dictator in Havana. For us, seeing the headlines of a "Castro" being arrested or hanging himself is like a little glimpse of the news headlines we have waited so long to see. We know that justice for the millions of lives destroyed by the Castro dictatorship and tens of thousands of Cubans murdered will eventually be done, but that justice has and continues to be slow in coming. Therefore, the Ariel Castro headlines can become irresistible as we all seek to finally see the reprehensible Castro brothers face justice for their atrocities and crimes against humanity.
I bring this up because perhaps we are partly to blame for the ignorance when we assume the American public has at least some minimum knowledge about Cuba and can tell the difference between a rapist in Ohio and a dictator in Cuba. Apparently, that is not the case. It seems utter and complete ignorance on Cuba continues to exist in this country.
Ariel Castro Is Dead, And Twitter Thinks It Somehow Affects Cuba
The nation was rocked today at the startling news that Ariel Castro was found dead in his jail cell, hanging from the ceiling in a successful suicide attempt. For those unfamiliar with Ariel Castro, he is the despicable human who held three girls captive in his home for ten years, where he proceeded to wreak unspeakable horrors upon them. When one of the girls managed to escape by gaining the attention of a neighborhood man, the women were freed and Castro quickly arrested, tried, and sent to jail for life plus 1,000 years on 937 counts, including rape and kidnapping.
What is much more surprising and upsetting about this story is the twitter reactions that came from the story’s breaking. Much to many a person’s displeasure (and inevitable face-palm), the folks of Twitter repeatedly confused Ariel Castro with Fidel Castro. (You know, the Cuban dictator.) The disturbingly wide-spread mistake resulted in some cringe-worthy tweets, some of which have been compiled below.
Ariel Castro's dead? Can we finally have the good cigars now?
— Mike Bianchi (@Mike_Bianchi) September 4, 2013
With the death of Ariel Castro, I hope that this will lead to better relations between the USA and Cuba when the new president comes in.
— Iyan Sommerset (@IyanSommerset) September 4, 2013
Read the entire depressing article HERE.