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Lest there be any doubt left that the Black Lives Matter crew has nothing to do with actual racial justice in America, look no further than their reaction to the mass protests in Cuba.
The group on Wednesday put out a statement, not to condemn the authoritarian regime in Cuba for violently suppressing its people, but to berate the US for long-existing sanctions on the communist state.
“Black Lives Matter condemns the U.S. federal government’s inhumane treatment of Cubans, and urges it to immediately lift the economic embargo,” BLM said. “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.”
The statement is, of course, exactly backward. The US sanctions Cuba precisely because its communist dictators prevent the Cuban people from “the right to choose their own government.”
Videos posted on social media show Cubans young and old calling for “liberty,” and chanting “down with the dictatorship” and “down with communism.” There’s a reason that they’re not crying out things more like, “We hate the America” and “U.S. sucks.” You would have to attend a BLM rally for that.
The protesters are angry about a lack of food and medicine, but those shortages aren’t about US sanctions — which allow humanitarian relief — but the greed and corruption of Cuban government. Yet BLM and the Squad don’t want to admit that Cuba has failed — because it shows that one party rule, suppression of dissent, and a Marxist economy always leads to ruin.
It gets worse. Black Lives Matter then praised Cuba for hiding a cop killer.
“Cuba has historically demonstrated solidarity with oppressed peoples of African descent,” the group wrote — praising it for “protecting black revolutionaries” like Assata Shakur, also known as Joanne Chesimard, the former Black Panther who fled prison in 1979 while serving life for the execution-style murder of New Jersey state trooper Werner Foerster.
When will the corporations like Coca-Cola, Nike and Amazon that tweet “black lives matter” realize that the organization isn’t dedicated to fighting racial injustice? It’s a Marxist group that believes the United States is so racist that all of our society can only be fixed by tearing it down. It’s against our free market, our institutions, and our democracy. It believes those who disagree should be censored and re-educated. It thinks all cops are evil, while cop killers are heroes.
BLM isn’t about racism in America and it doesn’t care about the Cuban government’s oppression of its own people. BLM is about making us Cuba.
Eddie Scarry is the author of “Privileged Victims: How America’s Culture Fascists Hijacked the Country and Elevated Its Worst People.”
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