After suffering terribly under the Cuban communist government, the people of Cuba are finally rising up.
Many Americans expressed support for the Cuban efforts, but Black Lives Matter and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y. sparked controversy for their responses.
“We stand in solidarity with the Cuban people and condemn the suppression of the media, speech and protest,” AOC said. “We also call for an end to the U.S. embargo and additional Trump-era restrictions that are profoundly contributing to the suffering of Cubans.”
BLM essentially blamed the U.S. for the Cuban people’s plight instead of focusing on the real reason: the communist government.
“Black Lives Matter condemns the U.S. federal government’s inhumane treatment of Cubans and urges it to immediately lift the economic embargo,” the group said. “The U.S. government has only instigated suffering for the country’s 11 million people, of which 4 million are Black and Brown.”
The group went on to call for an end to the U.S. embargo on Cuba.
“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,” BLM wrote. “Black Lives Matter condemns the U.S. federal government’s inhumane treatment of Cubans, and urges it to immediately lift the economic embargo.”
The comments sparked controversy from Republicans, who say BLM showed its colors: it is more about promoting communism than helping people of color.
“Shameful,” tweeted Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. “The group Black Lives Matter (funded by major players in corporate America) was founded by avowed Marxists and—as millions of Cubans risk their lives to rise up for freedom—BLM stands with…the communist dictatorship.”
This controversy brought to light a 2016 BLM post where the group, which is led by trained marxists, praised the mass killer Fidel Castro.
“With Fidel’s passing there is one more lesson that stands paramount: when we are rooted in collective vision when we bind ourselves together around quests for infinite freedom of the body and the soul, we will be victorious,” they wrote. “As Fidel ascends to the realm of the ancestors, we summon his guidance, strength, and power as we recommit ourselves to the struggle for universal freedom. Fidel Vive!”