Something like 70% of Cubans living on the island were born after 1959. That’s approximately 11.4 million people who have never lived in a free society, 11.4 million people who really have no understanding of capitalism or democracy.
Yesterday, Val put up a post on a young Cuban rapper who criticizes injustice in Cuba while wearing a che t-shirt, and that really made me stop and think. I’m not going to debate whether or not that rapper is a voice of dissent, or how good a musician he is, that’s not my intent. I bring him up because he seems to me representative of a disaffected Cuban youth and an excellent example of something not much talked about, but that is very important to the future of Cuba when the castro regime ends.
When there is finally a new Cuban leadership that sets in motion the steps required to establish democracy in Cuba, how do you go about re-educating all those millions of people who have been brainwashed by a lifetime of propaganda? How do you reconcile the differences between the communist hating Cuban exile who views wearing a che shirt as an abomination and the naive young Cuban wearing that shirt?