Out of the blue, an old friend of mine asked me if I could tell him something positive the Revolution has done. And the truth is nothing came to mind, or perhaps something or the other but nothing that I found truly convincing. He asked me if I no longer had the ability to be sufficiently objective to give the Revolution some type of recognition for something it has done without attributing some perverse sense to it. Finally, I explain to him that it is like — with a pretext of freeing oneself from the grip of another — being kidnapped and held hostage for 50 years. You can think about the times you were fed, when you were given clothes, when you were allowed to watch television, or when you were taught how to do macrame, but all of that falls within the logical context of being held hostage. You do not have to be too suspicious or ungrateful to believe that all those things you were given, even the ones that were pleasant and positive, were given to you with the purpose of keeping you hostage.
And since we were on the topic, I ask him this question: Is there nothing positive one can think of that slavery has done for slaves?