Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones celebrates his seventy-first birthday today. It’s a celebration for him. But for Cuban-Americans, they get “no satisfaction” when they think about the significance that this date has for them.
For Cuban-Americans, today is a sad day to remember. On July 26, 1953, a group of 135 rebels led by Fidel Castro led an attack on the Moncada Barracks in Santiago de Cuba. While the attack was a failure and most of the rebels received prison sentences averaging up to 15 years, July 26th is viewed as the date that culminated in putting Fidel Castro at the helm of the Cuban Government. And, it’s been fifty-five years of misery for Cubans and Cuban-Americans.
At his trial, Fidel gave his famous “History Will Absolve Me” speech. Based on his track record, we know now that history will not be kind to him and his brother Raul.
Red and black are the colors of the July 26th flag. Please, stay away from wearing anything bearing these colors today.