Do Jay-Z and Beyonce care about human rights in Cuba?
This is an open letter to Beyoncé and Jay-Z, pop music’s royal couple on their much publicized trip to Cuba to celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary.
No, I am not one who will question whether your trip to Cuba was legal or not, according to U.S. law. How one interprets the law that regulates the travel by Americans — approving cultural mission but prohibiting tourist travel — is a distinction without a difference.
I understand you could turn a glorious three-night vacation to Cuba with a “people to people” license granted by the Treasury Department and then make it into a cultural affair by spending a little time seeing a children’s dance troupe.
Mind you I am not a fan of your music. I am too old to appreciate the talent critics say you have and today’s youth applauds. But then, this is not about music but rather about civil rights, which the two of you defend with passion.
Where did the two of you leave your passion for the defense of civil rights for blacks and minorities during your trip to Cuba? Maybe you did something very privately to help the plight of black Cubans in the island.
Granted, I do not like, in fact I despise Fidel and Raúl Castro and what they have done to a country that more than five decades ago was misgoverned but still had one of the highest standards of living in the Western Hemisphere, outside of the United States and Canada.
The following, however, are facts:
Ms. Beyoncé and Jay-Z,
Do either of you know or have heard anything about Sonia Garro, a black Cuban woman who was arrested and has been held in prison for over a year because she demanded respect for human rights and the freedom to express her view? Garro hasn’t been charged with any crime yet, but she and her husband, also a black Cuban, have been behind bars since they were violently arrested. Have either of you bothered to ask your Cuban minders about Sonia Garro and her husband?
Or, did you read the op-ed article published in The New York Times by Roberto Zurbano on March 23, 2013?
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