Dana Perino, the unlikely rapper, has rapped American royalty, Jay-Z’ and Beyonce’s trip to Cuba. Jay-Z says he and his increasingly irritating and preening wife, had ‘White House clearance.’ The White House denies it, says the trip was arranged by the U.S. Treasury, as if new Treasury Secretary and previous Obama Chief of Staff, Jack Lew, isn’t a frog in Obama’s pocket. Blacks in Cuba face daily challenges just to stay alive and political dissidents are routinely imprisoned. Cuba is a Communist-controlled country. Castro holds the record for keeping one-time-ally and friend, Mario Chanes de Armas, in prison longer than any other political dissident on the globe – one day less than 30 years, and longer than Nelson Mandela. But who cares – Mr. Charnes de Armas was not Black. After release in 1993 he made his way to Florida and died there…in America – as in a ‘free country’ where you are not (yet) jailed for your political views.
That spring the Isle of Pines had been sown with dynamite, linked up to the wiring system in the prison, so that any American attempt to rescue the prisoners would blow them to smithereens. It was, Mr Chanes de Armas remembered, “like sleeping on a powder keg”. Prisoners—in 1961, around 6,000 of them—were meant to submit to communist “re-education”; he became the leader of those who resisted. He refused to wear the blue uniform of a common criminal, instead going naked or in underpants. He took part in forced labour as slowly as he could, digging ditches or chopping up blocks of marble in the fierce, dripping Cuban heat. For weeks at a time he was put in tapiadas, steel isolation cells, and gavetas, “drawers”, so narrow that he could only stand. He and his followers were called plantados, planted squarely—though sparsely—as trees across Mr Castro’s path.
He was in prison for one day short of 30 years: longer than Nelson Mandela, though few noticed. His only son was born and died, at 24, while he was inside; being such a troublemaker, he was not allowed to attend the funeral. On his release, by the good offices of the government of Chile, his first action was to go to the cemetery to place flowers on the grave.
In 1993 he was permitted to leave for Miami. He could have become the darling of the hardline Cuban exiles, but rejected that. He felt no hate, he always said; vengeance was “for cowards”. On the rights and wrongs of the revolution he would not often let himself be drawn; in his last two years, Alzheimer’s shadowed everything. But sometimes on the television he would glimpse the flickering figure of a bearded old man his own age; and Mr Chanes de Armas would clench his fist and cry “Carajo!”, his own obscene revolutionary salute. Source: The Economist – Obituary of Mario Chanes de Armas
Racism still vile and alive in Cuba with bloggers attempting to counter the communist propaganda coming out of the Castro regime. Shame on you Beyonce!
Countless blogs by Cuban writers seek to disprove so-called propaganda authored by the Cuban government. The U.S. State Department estimates Afro-Cubans make up 62 percent of the Cuban population. However, the Cuban census registers that 65 percent of the population is White.
Gomez says the Cuban government pays lip service to the issue of race. “It’s frankly the government that is the biggest perpetrator of racism in Cuba. As for Afro-Cuban opposition leaders, many of them are in jail such as Dr. Darsi Ferrer and Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet. Both are Afro-Cuban medical doctors who are rotting in Cuban prisons for their political beliefs.” Recently, an Afro-Cuban political prisoner, Orlando Zapata Tamayo, died in prison after a lengthy hunger strike. “Remember, this is a totalitarian dictatorship that has essentially remained unchanged for 51 years,” added Gomez.
Last November, sixty African-American scholars and professionals condemned the Cuban regime’s apparent crackdown on the country’s budding civil-rights movement. They issued a statement called “Acting on Our Conscience” which also called for the immediate release of imprisoned Afro-Cuban civil rights leaders. Traditionally, many African-Americans leaders sided with the Castro regime and condemned the United States, which in the past, sought to topple the Cuban government. The public rebuke of Castro’s racial policies signed by prominent African-Americans like Cornell West, Ruby Dee and Mario Van Peebles just to name a few, may indicate a changing of the tide. However, pro-government Cubans rejected allegations of racism and repression on the island, calling the charges “delusional” and part of “an anti-Cuban campaign.” They went on to point out that Cuba outlawed discrimination in 1959 and promotes Afro-Cuban culture through museums, music, dance and other institutions. Read the entire article at The Grio.
“I done turned Havana into Atlanta,” Jay-Z raps in “Open Letter,” which he released Thursday. “[…] Boy from the hood, I got White House clearance… Politicians never did s—- for me except lie to me, distort history… They wanna give me jail time and a fine. Fine, let me commit a real crime.”
He later raps: “Hear the freedom in my speech… Obama said, ‘Chill you gonna get me impeached. You don’t need this s—- anyway, chill with me on the beach.’”
“I’m in Cuba, I love Cubans. This communist talk is so confusing,”
“..Boy from the hood but got White House clearance
Sorry y’all I don’t agree with y’all appearance
Politicians never did shit for me
Except lie to me, distort history”
Maybe we can’t entirely blame these two ignoramuses. If they are educated at all, it’s doubtful they were taught anything constructive about Communism.
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Dana Perino Raps Jay-Z and Beyonce Trip to Cuba (video)