The Marxist Black Lives Matter (BLM) organization seems to be positioning itself as an enemy of the state. Sure, the U.S. federal government is a big part of the general problems facing this country. But, to blame the U.S. for the persecution facing Cubans in Cuba is lazy at best and subversion at worst — especially when you see Cubans waving the American flag in acts of defiance.
BLM released a statement on Instagram late Wednesday evening placing the blame for the unrest in Cuba squarely at the feet of the United States and its government, instead of what the actual Cuban citizen protesters say they’re pushing back against — the communist Cuban government.
The BLM statement is so outrageous, I’m posting the full statement below — also just in case BLM removes the post for whatever reason:
Black Lives Matter condemns the U.S. federal government’s inhumane treatment of Cubans, and urges it to immediately life the economic embargo. This cruel and inhumane policy, instituted with the explicit intention of destabilizing the country and undermining Cubans’ right to choose their own government, is at the heart of Cuba’s current crisis. Since 1962, the United States has forced pain and suffering on the people of Cuba by cutting off food, medicine and supplies, costing the tiny island nation an estimated $130 billion.
Without that money, it is harder for Cuba to acquire medical equipment needed to develop its own COVID-19 vaccines and equipment for food production. This comes in spite of the country’s strong medical care and history of lending doctors and nurses to disasters around the world.
The people of Cuba are being punished by the U.S. government because the country has maintained its commitment to sovereignty and self-determination. United States leaders have tried to crush this Revolution for decades. Instead of international amity, respect, and goodwill, the U.S. government has only instigated suffering for the country’s 11 million people — of which 4 million are Black and Brown.
Cuba has historically demonstrated solidarity with oppressed people of African descent, from protecting Black revolutionaries like Assata Shakur through granting her asylum, to supporting Black liberation struggles in Angola, Mozambique, Guinea Bissau and South Africa.
Now, we look to President [Joe] Biden to end the embargo, something Barack Obama called for in 2016. This embargo is a blatant human rights violation and it must come to an end.
Holy communists, Batman! If there was any question before as to BLM’s animus towards the U.S. — the country that they’ve built the majority of their “brand” in — all those questions have been answered.
Some questions about this statement:
When have Cubans ever truly been able, at least in the last 60 years, to “choose their own government?”
When has a communist government ever given their people the ability to be self-determine anything? Well, besides whether or not they want to be disappeared for not agreeing with said government?
How does using a convicted cop killer like Assata Shakur help BLM’s argument?
According to Yahoo! News, Shakur was "a member of the Black Liberation Army, which the FBI describes as ‘the most violent militant organizations of the 1970s.’”
No, BLM is calling for an end of supposed U.S. human rights violations against Cuba, whose government has purportedly carried out countless atrocities against its own people to the point that some over the years have braved the 90-mile journey from Cuba to U.S. aboard crafts that sometimes wouldn’t even constitute what little kids use for “floaties” in a swimming pool.
BLM, much like most of what they do, is completely out of their depth on this issue. They are clearly trying to play defense for communism — an ideology they firmly believe in.
Even typically supportive followers of theirs on Instagram vehemently disagreed with the statement.
“Doubling down on the lies,” one user wrote. “You lost your steam… No one is buying it.”
“This is misinformed and a disappointing post,” another user responded. “Opinions are not facts, this ain’t it.”
“Disappointing,” yet another user wrote. “I’ve always supported what BLM stands for and I’ll continue to do so but I would take this post down. I’m Cuban-American and you couldn’t be more wrong. The dictatorship, it’s [sic] cruelty and blatant disregard for human rights is to blame.”