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Folks in Cuba

We should always respectfully question the actions and agendas of our leaders.  Today, President Obama will announce new rules regarding Cuba.  Thank you Mr. President because it should have been done years ago.  I am about to go off with a rant-filled list.

So, Americans could travel to the former U.S.S.R. but could not go to Cuba.  Why were Japanese put in camps during World War II but I never heard of the German and Italian camps.  Why was Jackie Robinson court-marshaled for not going to the back of the bus on Fort Hood, Texas, while Germany POWs were allowed to eat in Whites only sections of the mess hall there?  Why was my brother in the Navy fighting for freedom during Vietnam but I couldn’t drink out of a public water fountain or check out a book in the library?

Why weren’t Blacks involved in the discussion about what would happen with them after the Civil War (yea, half Black Fredrick Douglas was there sometimes..)  Why, oh why, didn’t President U.S. Grant’s plan to buy the island of Hispaniola for former slaves catch on seriously?

Since I am ranting on the U.S. Civil War, you should remember the villain Lovelace’s plans in Will Smith’s movie the Wild Wild West.  Those plans were similar to the Confederacy’s plan if they won the war and the plans of slave owners since they didn’t.  They wanted a warm weather, slave-hold confederacy across the American South, Latin America, the Caribbean and the north of the South America…cotton, bananas, and sugar.

While Fidel Castro is a rough dude, the dudes he tossed out were also dirty.  To be honest, White Spanish (from Spain) oppressed Blacks in Cuba for a long time….since the conquistadors with the metal hats.  They worked those people in the cane fields but didn’t share the wealth and opportunities.   When the Fulgencio Batista regime from the 1950s was toppled in the movie the Godfather and rich people were running for the airport, I always cheered.  Cuba was their playground and Batista allowed seediness similar to early Las Vegas.

In his farewell address, President Dwight Eisenhower warned of the power of the defense industrial complex and I am convinced defense private sector interests were behind the killing of JFK, MLK and RFK because those three question our involvement in Vietnam.  Don’t stand between rich cats and more loot.

Often, the leaders of nations hate each other but not the people.  The History Channel is the bomb.  The Japanese people thought U.S. Marines would eat their children.  People behind the Iron Curtain thought we Americans spent all of our time planning their destructions.  We were actually chilling while watching cartoons.  These leaders need to get into a boxing ring and duke it out rather than waging war from their secure locations.

I have had the best time hanging the Eastern Europe.  Rock and hip hop have done more to bridge the divide than the diplomatic corps.  Something told me the Cuba people didn’t hate the America people as much as the leaders did.  I am not saying I discovered this to be the case before President Obama changes the travel ban.  If I travelled to Cuba, it would have been as a brown person who knew that those people were being controlled by the Communist like we were limited north of them.

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Is anyone else thinking that the Trayvon Martin situation might be to the 2012 presidential election what the Elian Gonzalez matter was to the 2000 presidential election?  We remember the young Cuban boy who was in the middle of a Florida battle.  After the Clinton administration sent him back to that island nation, Al Gore narrowly lost the presidency by the state of Florida. 

If any good can come from the death of this young man, igniting a political fire in his generation might be that good.  Young folks should put on their hoodies and head down to the courthouse to register to vote—vote for conservatives, liberals or moderates…just vote.  They should think about their cousins who joined the military and are in harm’s way on foreign soil.  We think of them as heroes but many signed up because that was a stable income during unstable times.  How long should they be there and where are they heading next?  Look, protesting is important but real change comes from the ballot box and the mindset.

America is the land of the free and a person should have the right to be himself.  But, we do need to have a  discussion with our youth about the cold reality of being a minority in America.   And before someone emails me…yes, Black kids kill Black kids every day.  Bottomline: do what you can to see the sun rise tomorrow.  You just might see millions of hoodie wearing young people voting for the first time. 

Those new voters would send a wake-up call to southern state lawmakers who clearly feel that they input isn’t important.

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