Wednesday, December 2, 2009

What took so long?

"A group of prominent African Americans, traditionally sympathetic to the Cuban revolution, have for the first time condemned Cuba, demanding Havana stop its "callous disregard" for black Cubans and declaring that "racism in Cuba . . . must be confronted." "We know first-hand the experiences and consequences of denying civil freedoms on the basis of race," the group declared in a statement. "For that reason, we are even more obligated to voice our opinion on what is happening to our Cuban brethren." Among the 60 signers were Princeton professor Cornel West, actress Ruby Dee Davis, film director Melvin Van Peebles, former South Florida congresswoman Carrie Meek, Dr. Jeremiah Wright, former pastor of President Barack Obama's church in Chicago, and Susan Taylor, former editor in chief of Essence magazine."

For almost 45 years, this group has mostly excused the Cuban communist regime's virulent racism because of their sense of "solidarity" with "the revolution".

Better 45 years late than never.

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