The reports on the death of the Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro have described him as dictator who was a cause of suffering for his people.
His death has been met with the cheering of white Cubans and the media pushing the message of tyrant, dictator and violator of human rights. The history that is being put forth abut Fidel Castro, is only a reminder of how much of the history of freedom and liberation movements has been twisted by the storytelling of the ruling elite. Nations are complicated and you have to be careful when you judge them. For example, I know as an African-American living in the United States, that this country has to be careful about throwing stones about human rights. With political prisoners such as journalist Mumia Abu Jamal in jail for decades, a long history of street executions by security forces that only now being caught on camera, an incarceration rate that ranks only with China and Russia, a legal system that from the street corner to congress is designed to incarcerate people of color, voter suppression, economic disenfranchisement, and now with the election of Donald Trump, the U.S. is in no position to lecture about Fidel Castro over his human rights record.
We know that while African-Americans in the States were fighting COINTELPRO and dealing with the murder and incarceration of Black Panthers, Fidel Castro was sending combat troops to Angola to help fight the army of the U.S.-supported apartheid South African regime and helping to free the region. We remember a different Fidel Castro we know this: When Africa called, Cuba answered.
The below three essays that tell a different story.