Viva Fidel!!!!!!” bellowed Rev. Jesse Jackson during his speech at the University of Havana. “Viva Che Guevara!!!..
“He (Jesse Jackson)is a great personality,” reciprocated a beaming Fidel Castro, “a brilliant man. Jackson’s main characteristic is honesty. He is sincere and there is not a single bit of demagoguery in his conversations.” (emphasis by racist/revanchist poster)
This was summer of 1984, so at the time the world’s longest-suffering black political prisoner suffered his incarceration and tortures in stoic defiance. “Nigger!” taunted his jailers between tortures. “We pulled you down from the trees and cut off your tail!”
I do not refer to Nelson Mandela. No, this prisoner was being tortured a few miles away from the Rev. Jackson’s festivities. The prisoner was a black Cuban named Eusebio Penalver and he was being tortured by Jesse Jackson’s gracious hosts. Mr Penalver’s incarceration and tortures stretched to 29 years which makes him the longest-suffering black political prisoner in modern history, surpassing Nelson Mandela’s record in time behind bars and probably doubling the horrors suffered by Mandela during this period.
Eusebio Penalver spit in the face of his Castroite torturers. He scorned any “re-education” by his jailers. He knew it was THEY who desperately needed it. He refused to wear the uniform of a common criminal. He knew it was THEY who should don it. Jesse Jackson might toast his torturer. But through 30 years of those tortures Eusebio Penalver stood tall, proud and defiant.
“For months I was naked in a 6 x 4 foot cell,” Eusebio recalled to your humble servant here. “That’s 4 feet high, so you couldn’t stand. But I felt a great freedom inside myself. I refused to commit spiritual suicide.”
Sr Penalver served several months of this 30 year sentence naked in a “punishment cell” barely big enough to stand in, where he languished naked and in complete darkness. Shortly before his death in 2006, Senor Penalver told this writer, “Castro’s apologists, those who excuse or downplay his crimes– these people be they ignorant, stupid, mendacious whatever–they are accomplices in the bloody tyrant’s crimes, accomplices in the most brutal and murderous regime in the hemisphere.”
“VIVA FIDEL!!!” (Jesse Jackson)