Castro Remains a Real Issue for All Cubans
In 1959 the Cuban people lost their country to a tyrannical dictatorship. Many fled their homeland fearing for their well-being, realizing that the country they knew no longer existed as the Castro brothers systematically seized private property, squelched basic human freedoms and summarily executed or imprisoned those who disagreed with them or stood in their way.
Many of these exiles put down roots in the United States, namely in Miami. They had the opportunity to succeed, and many have, which is especially remarkable for those who arrived in this country with next to nothing.
Fifty-three years later, the same brutal despots are still in power. They continue to oppress the Cuban people, having murdered thousands, and to severely punish those who are brave enough to speak out against the regime. Tens of thousands still flee to the United States every year.Fifty-three years later, Cuban-Americans have not forgotten what they lost. Younger generations of this exile community grow up learning about how the country that their parents and grandparents loved was taken from them and destroyed. It continues to be destroyed to this day.
The issue of Fidel and Raul Castro is not yet some distant memory in the history of the world. It is charged and sensitive among the Cuban-American community precisely because it is a present-day reality — a reality that they themselves lived through, a reality that their loved ones suffered through, and a reality that their loved ones are suffering through still.
This is, and will continue to be, a unifying issue in the Cuban-American community until the day that the Castro regime is no longer in power, and there is freedom and democracy in Cuba.