In the course of my ongoing political conversation with DeAngelo Starnes, my man DeAnge gave some love to Comrade Fidel. So I have to ask:
Who is better off? The average black person living in Communist Cuba? Or living here in this bastion of white supremacy, the United States? Who is more free? Who has the better chance of fulfilling his or her human potential?
A fondness for Castro is nothing new among brothers on the Left. But one black radical did more than talk that talk.
Former Black Panther William Lee Brent (pictured) hijacked a plane to Cuba in 1969. He lived in Cuba until his death in 2006.
Amy Goodman of Pacifica Radio interviewed Brent in Havana in 1998. That interview was broadcast on November 22, 2006, on “Democracy Now!”
I’m streaming a 5-minute portion on my Vox blog. Please click here to hear it.
Cuba is no wonderland. Especially if you’ve grown accustomed to your freedom of speech.
“There are no organized dissident groups operating in Cuba,” Bill Brent said. “There is no black liberation movement going on in Cuba. ...
“I miss not being able to stand up on the street corner and say, ‘This is a bunch of shit and I wanna do something about it and you should do something about it, and I don’t agree with this.’ ...
“I can’t do that here,” he said of Cuba. “Because it’s prohibited. You can’t do that.”