Sunday, April 07, 2013
Jay -Z and Beyoncé chose to spend their 5th wedding anniversary in the land of sugar cane and cigars, and it has some folks in certain quarters quite upset.
Delgado let the couple have it for, as he (she) wrote, visiting a country with a history of racism and "relegating its black population to second class status." I need a break! This is the equivalent to a bank robber lecturing a cat burglar for stealing at night. How an American could lecture anyone about another country and their history of racism is beyond me.
I look at the Cubans who made their way to South Florida as opposed to those who are still there, and it is obvious that the haves in that country- prior to the revolution-looked a certain way, and the have-nots looked a little different. (See darker.)
I remember a country that gave other predominantly black countries in the region things such as doctors, teachers, experts to help and teach new and unique ways of farming (micro dams) , and aid to help build the infrastructure of those countries. A country that was instrumental in moving these poorer countries from a state of dependent capitalism to self sufficiency.
I remember a country with a leader (Fidel) who embraced Nelson Mandela when our government was still supporting the regime that imprisoned him. A man who President Mandela personally thanked for helping to "topple apartheid."
But folks like Delgado will never get it.
"While dining, partying, and enjoying the best Havana has to offer, Beyoncé and Jay-Z not only legitimize and support the repressive regime, with both their presence and their cash, but turn a blind eye, cruelly, to the perils and languishing of the Cuban people.
Both stars are proud African-Americans — yet, curiously, chose to vacation in a country notorious for relegating its black population to second-class status, or worse." [Source]
I think A.J. Delgado is delusional if he (she) thinks Cuba is "notorious" for relegating black folks in Cuba to second-class status. A.J. might want to look around in the country that he (she) is living in.
Jigga, light up another cigar, find a nice restaurant on Obispo Street, order some good Cuban food, and just enjoy the view.
Conservative writers with a bogus agenda should be the furthest thing from your mind.